India Post has released Rakhi envelopes.Rajasthan Circle of India Post also prepared an envelope with beautiful Rose stamp and it contains Gulal and metal Rakhi.
Indian Postal Department has in the past issued commemoratives on the Rakhi. The festival which has social, cultural and human significance is not just restricted to the relationship only between siblings but is popular among people of other communities and religions. Indian films too have played an important role in promoting and popularising this festival.
Ours is a land of traditions and cultures. We do genuinely boasts of having Mohenjodaro & Harapa as one of the richest civilisations of the world. We do dearly value our traditions and these traditions have played a big role in the promotion of inter-religious ties for centuries. Rakhsha Bandhan is not just a festival but an enviable tradition that binds a female and male in a bond which has no paralell in the world. And this tradition is practiced with great enthusiasm by we Indians through out the world.
This festival reminds me Rani Karnavati of Chittor and Mughal Emperor Humayun, which dates back to 1535. Karnavati, the widowed queen of the king of Chittor in battle then with the Sultan of Gujarat Bahadur Shah, realised that she could not put up a resistance to the invation, sought Mughal Emperor Humayun’s help. She sent a Rakhi to Humayun. Touched by the guesture, the Emperor who had just returned from the battle immediately set off with his troops to defend Chittor and help the Hindu Rajput sister. Unfortunately Humayun could not reach Chittor on time, and Bahadur Shah managed to sack the Rani’s fortress. Karnavati carried out Jauhar – self immolation of women to avoid dishonor – on March 8, 1535. Humayun could Bahadur Shah from fort and restored the kingdom to Karnavati’s son, Vikramjit Singh. The legacy of Moghuls is unforgettable chapter of Indian history. I must add here a fact. Indian in its entire history was united just thrice: First under Ashoka, second under the Moghuls and the last time during British occupation when Indians united to oust the Raj.
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