Janai Purnima | Rakshya Bandhan | Nepali Festival
Janai Purnima mostly falls on Purnima (full moon day ) of Shrawan. In Janai Purnima Brahmins, Chhetris change their Janai once a year on this day. Other Hindus around the world wear sacred thread called Rakshya Bandhan around their wrist. It is believed the thread provides Protection from wrongs.
On Terai region of Nepal, sister ties Rakhi to their Brothers wishing for his well being and protection.
What is Janai
Janai is a sacred thread worn across the chest by Hindu male. After a religious ceremony called Bratabandha which is performed during boyhood, they could wear Janai. During the ritual Bratabandha, they listen to mantra from their GURU. After the ritual, they should wear Janai for their lifetime. They change Janai and wear a new one once a year in Janai Purnima.
What is Rakshya Bandhan
Rakshya means “protection” and Bandhan means “bond”. Rakshya Bandhan is a bond of protection. It is believed that Rakshya Bandhan is a sacred thread which posses a power to bond and Protect. On the Rakshya Bandhan, every member of family wears Rakshya Bandhan from elders or from respected Guru’s. It is also called “DORO” in Nepali.
People also wear Rakshya Bandhan Doro till Laxmi puja of Tihar. On that day they tie the Raksha Bandhan Doro to cows tail. It is believed that this will help them get to heaven after they die. The cow will help them pass river called Baitarni before they reach the heaven.
Happy Rakshya Bandan Wishes in Nepali
Rakshya Bandhan Mantra And Its Meaning
” एन बद्धु बलि राजा दानबिन्द्रो महावल तेन त्वं बध नामी रक्षे मा चल मा चल “
” Yena baddho Balee raajaa daanavindro mahaabala tena twaamavi badhnaami rakshye maa chala maa chala “
Meaning: I tie on you (the devotee) the Raksha which was tied on Bali, the King of demons.
Therefore Oh Raksha! Do not ever fail to protect this devotee, do not ever fail.
Religious Mela (Gatherings/Events) on Janai Purnima
Religious gatherings take place on various religious places in the country. Some of the most popular are:
- Pashupati Nath Temple Kathmandu
- Gosaikunda of Rasuwa
- Paanchpokhari of Sindhupalchowk
- Manichud of Kathmandu
- Janakpur Dham of Janakpur
- Dhanush Sagar and Ganga Sagar of Dhanusha
- Dansanghu of Jumla
- Trivenidham of Nawalparasi.
Historical Stories Behind Janai Purnima – Rakshya Bandhan
Here are some of the Hindu Mythological stories about Janai Purnima 0 Rakshya Bandhan:
King Bali and Goddess Laxmi:
According to Bhagavata Purana and Vishnu Purana, Lord Bishnu won all three world from Bali (Demon King). Bali asked Lord Bishnu to stay with him in his palace. Lord Accepted his proposal But Laxmi (Lord Vishnu’s wife) did not like Bali’s palace or even Bali. So she went to Bali and tied a rakhi to him. She made him a brother. Bali asked His new sister for any gift she wishes. Laxmi asked Bali to free Bishnu and allow him to live in their home Vaikuntha. Balis accepted her proposal and accepted her as a sister.
Krishna and Draupadi:
In Mahabharat, Draupadi tied a rakhi on Lord Krishna. Also, Kunti tied rakhi to her grandson Abhimanyu, Before the great war of Mahabharat.