Raksha Bandhan~रक्षा बंधन - How to decorate Rakhi ki Thaali
Raksha Bandhan is celebrated every year on ‘Shravan Purnima‘. On the auspicious day of Rakhi, sisters visit their brothers to perform the rituals of Rakhi. The ritual of Raksha Bandhan essentially includes tying of Rakhi by the sisters, on their brothers’ wrist. Before tying Rakhi, the sisters would perform an aarti, apply tilak (by mixing rice grains and roli) on their brother’s forehead and then offer them sweets.
So the thaali should have the following:
A well decorated Thali- stainless steel, silver, brass or a decorative tray will also do.
Two small containers- one for water and the other raw uncooked white rice.
01 ghee diya
Matches to light the ghee diya
Fresh broken flowers
Roli thread bundle
Agarbatti/incense stick- preferably small
Sweets – mithai
In the heart of the thali, paint a Swastika, which is a symbol of Lord Ganesha. Buy three small size containers, one for rice and water, second for placing roli and the third for keeping a diya and an incense stick stand. Pick up a nice beaded rakhi that can further enhance the charm of your thali. Border your Rakhi thali using fresh flowers. If you want to place the sweets in the thali itself, then you can either keep them on the corner side or take a separate container and your rakhi thali is ready.
According to the Indian tradition, the family members get ready for the rituals early in the morning. They take a bath to purify mind and body before starting any preparations. After offering the rituals to the deities of the family, the sister perform aarti of their brothers and ties Rakhi on their wrist. Then, they put kumkum powder on the forehead of their brother and offer sweets.