Regional Significance of Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi festival is celebrated differently by different communities of India. 

Nariyal Purnima - Rakhi in West India

Rakhi is celebrated here as Nariyal Purnima or the coconut full moon. Dedicated to Sea God, Varun, the festival is celebrated in western India and parts of Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Goa. The festival marks the beginning of the fishing season for the fishermen who offer coconut to the Lord to seek his blessings. They throw the decorated coconuts in the water and worship. Coconut Rice is prepared on the day.

Regional Significance of Raksha Bandhan

Upakarma or Avani Avittam - Rakhi in South India

Upakarma or Avani Avittam is a ritual followed by the Brahmin Community, in southern and Central parts of India such as Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Orissa.

Kajari Purnima - Rakhi in North India

The festival is celebrated as Kajari Purnima in the Central India including Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and part of Uttar Pradesh. Mainly celebrated by the farmers, this festival denotes the beginning of the sowing season for wheat and barley. Goddess Bhagavati is commemorated on this day for good crop.


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