Reasons Raksha Bandhan is known as Janai Purnima in Nepal
Reasons Why Raksha Bandhan is Known As Janai Purnima in Nepal :- In Nepal, Raksha Bandhan is also known as Janai Purnima. The reason being… it is the day when apart from the holy thread that is worn around the wrist, the ‘Janai’ or the holy thread that is worn across the body by Brahmin and Kshetriya men is also changed. This is the holy thread that marks the coming of age ceremony of men in Brahmin and Kshetriya caste. It is basically a holy thread much like ‘Rakhi’ or ‘Doro’ which is supposed to safeguard the individual from anything bad happening. And JanaiPurnima always falls on the full moon day, hence ‘Purnima’. It falls on the full moon day of Shrawan month.
Janai Purnima is also the day when all Nepalese enjoy good food with all the family and relatives. Everyone from the family gets together. They start the day with a bath to cleanse themselves. After that, they have a ‘Brahmin’ to tie the holy thread around their wrist. The ones who are wearing ‘Janai’ perform the annual changing of their holy thread around their body. This ritual is always a very pure form of expression that everyone needs shelter and a safe environment to feel better about themselves. It is a safeguard against any evil that may befall in the family or in their personal life. This surety and the idea that we always want our loved ones to be safe is the main emotional concept that gets associated with celebrating JanaiPurnima as it is.
Janai Purnima falls on the day of Purnima that is the full moon day. The full moon is always supposed to be a happy occasion according to Hindus. It is the time when the moon completes its full cycle and is back to its full shape. It is a bright and happy occasion. Most of the important festivals of Hindus fall on full moon day to mark the auspiciousness of the day and that night. Once who observe this festival are supposed to lead a safe life amongst the love and support of their loved ones.
Although among some of the Hindus in Nepal’s Terai region and in India observe this day as the celebration of the bond between brothers and sisters, it is not so in Nepal. The holy thread that is worn around the wrist is for everyone, not just brothers, and sisters. For brother and sisters, we have a different festival altogether, that is Bhai Tika that falls on Tihar. So, for those who celebrate JanaiPurnima in Nepal, it is not at all associated with brother and sister relation and the celebration of the same. It is for everyone who celebrates it. It is to safeguard the ones you love and care for so that no misfortune will befall them ever.
But, no matter the name with which it is known in any part of the world, the sentiment is the same. It is to make sure that the person you care for and love is safe and nothing bad happens to them. Be it in the sentiment of Rakhi between brothers and sisters or JanaiPurnima between family members, it is for wishing safety to those you love.
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Writer: Asmita Sharma