Reinforcing a rock-solid bond on Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan, the festival that celebr ates the bond between brothers and sisters, was observed with excitement and much gusto, in the City on Saturday.

Rakhis (sacred threads) were tied to the wrists of brothers by sisters and wishes were conveyed. In exchange, brothers blessed them in the form of gifts and cash. For many communities, it was a get together of sorts as they visited houses of relatives.

Shishir Jain, a resident of Rajajinagar, said that he looks forward to Raksha Bandhan every year. He said, “It is a joyous occasion as I get to meet all my family members. Pujas are performed and sweets are prepared. Distant cousins too send me Rakhis by courier.”

The ceremonial threads sold like hot cakes on Saturday. Fancy Rakhis with latest designs were the most popular choice. Those who could not shop purchased them online. Sweet shops did a brisk business. People also shared their feelings on social media.

Raksha Bandhan celebrations were held at the Bhar­at­iya Vidya Bhavan, with cultural activities being the highlight of the day. Similarly, hundreds of woman pourakarmikas took part in Raksha Bandhan celebrations organised by Adamya Chetana, a voluntary organisation working for social welfare.

Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers Ananth Kumar, who interacted with the pourakarmikas, stressed that social security schemes launched by the Central government would be implemented for the poor and the needy. It was announced on the occasion that the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, an insurance scheme of the Union government, was being extended to the pourakarmikas.
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