Nashik: The festival of Raksha Bandhan, marking the affection between brothers and sisters was celebrated in the city with traditional enthusiasm and gaiety, yesterday. Sisters worshipped their brothers and tied rakhis on their wrists. Schools, colleges and social organisations celebrated the festival in an eco-friendly way.
According to mythology, in the war between Gods and demons, Indra – the deity of sky, rains and thunderbolts – was disgraced by the powerful demon King Bali. Indra’s wife Sachi consulted Vishnu, who gave her a bracelet made of cotton thread, calling it holy. Sachi tied the holy thread around Indra wrist, blessed with her prayers for his well being and success. Indra successfully defeated the Bali and recovered Amaravati. The brothers gifted various gift items to their sisters as a token of love. Shopkeepers had set up stalls, selling rakhis in market areas of the city.
Some environmentalists tied rakhis to animals to give a message of environment protection. This project was conducted at most schools and colleges. Saplings were also planted at some places to mark the festival.