Regional Names Of Raksha Bandhan
Indian festivals replicates the culture of India. There are countless festivals in the country and each of them are celebrated with great fervor and joy. Festivals in India are called by different names and Raksha Bandhan is celebrated with vivid methods and every region has myriad names for this auspicious occasion.
According to the Hindu calendar, Raksha Bandhan meaning ‘bond of protection’ is celebrated on Sravana Purnima during the full moon of the Sravana month. Called by different names, some of the well known names are mentioned below.
Upakarma or Avani Avittam
Upkarma also referred to as Avani Avittam is celebrated during the Shravana Purnima on the full moon day according to the Hindu calendar. It is celebrated in south India during the eve of Brahmans changing their Jeneyu.
Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan is celebrated signifying the bond between brothers and sisters. During this occasion, sister’s tie rakhi around their brother’s wrist as a bond of protection.
Celebrated in Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar, Kajari Purnima is another name for Raksha Bandhan. It is one of the most important day for farmers and women blessed with a son.
Referred to as Rakhi Purnima, this festival is celebrated on the full moon of the Shravana month. During this day, sisters tie a rakhi around their beloved brother and prays for their well being. In return, the brother gives them gift and commit for protection of their life.
This festival is celebrated in some parts of Gujarat. On this auspicious day, grand puja is performed and people worship Lord Shiva. Natives of Gujarat believe it as the holy day of the year.
Nariyal Purnima or Narali Purnima
This festival is celebrated with great joy in the regions of Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra. During this day, people offer coconut to the sea in respect to Lord Varuna and continuous fishing after the celebration is complete.