Raksha Bandhan – The Ties that Bind


India is a country with a rich culture and festivals are an integral part of it. Family and friends always come together at these occasions, but the one that is most special and celebrates the bond shared between a brother and a sister is Raksha Bandhan. It literally means a ‘bond of protection’ which is shared between siblings and in-laws. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu calendar in the month of Shravana which typically falls in the August. When, after a small ‘aarti’ the sister ties the Rakhi she prays for her brother’s wellbeing and happiness. He in turn promises to protect her always. Sisters take great pains to select the perfect rakhi for their brothers, which are no longer just a silken thread but is also available in precious metals like silver and gold. In the same way Brothers takes a lot of efforts to select the perfect gift for sisters.

At Mirraw we have an extensive collection of rakhis to choose from like Rudraksh Rakhi, Multicolored Beaded Rakhi, Stone-work rakhis, rakhi for kids and Beautiful Rakhi Gifts Combo to make the occasion more delightful.


Well there is a bond which we don’t miss out on Raksha Bandhan is the bond with sister-in-law. The sisters tie Lumbas to the wrists of the sister-in-laws. The Lumba Rakhis are different than the traditional rakhis in regards to appearance. These rakhis are more vibrant, feminine and quirky than the traditional rakhis which are meant for boys and men. The vibrant colour of these Rakhis makes them more beautiful when they are complimented with the colourful traditional Indian attire.

Scroll through these stunning Lumba Collection from Mirraw.

As Raksha Bandhan is the Festival of Bond Siblings share. It is also an occasion to dress in best ethnics and look your best. Of course, both brother and sister are resplendent in their Indian clothes at the time of the ceremony.

All women loves to dress up especially on occasions. Sisters are beautiful but are spoilt for choice but Mirraw provides the perfect ensembles for Raksha Bandhan. We have a wide range of collection in ethnic wear for Married Sisters, Bollywood Fanatic and Elegant Ladies

Here 3 few stunning look for Sisters to suit the occasion by our style curator:

  1.      The Elegant Embellished Anarkali
  2.     The Sassy Color

  3.      The Bollywood Lady

Well why should women have all the fun? Brothers also have to look their best. Gone are the days when boys/mens would only wear a typical sherwani on Raksha Bandhan. Even they want to look their best. Well we would suggest to experiment with colors, patterns and fabrics because it’s about looking good and being comfortable. Mirraw has a tremendous collection of ethnic wear for Men to shop from

Here 3 few stunning look for Brothers to suit the occasion by our style curator:

  1.     The Dapper Look

  2.     The Indo-Western Look

  3.     The Quirky Nehru Jacket  –


For Parents Raksha Bandhan is very special as they see their kids bonding with their sibling and cousins. As a parent they want to make it even more special for their kids with perfect Indian attire for their kids. Be it a boy, a girl or both, at Mirraw we have a wide collection of Kidswear.

Right from Lehenga Choli, Gowns, Frocks and Anarkalis for Girls to Sherwani and Kurtis for Boys we got it all.



Like we all know every women wait for Raksha Bandhan for the very reason we all know – Gifts. Yes sisters expect a gift from brother. Brothers take a lot of effort to gift sisters and sometimes it gets difficult to choose the best. Here too Mirraw comes to the rescue of brothers and clues them on great gift ideas.

Your sister cannot resist your gift if it are these:

  1.     A Turquoise and Pearl Kundan Meenakari Necklace Set  –

  2.     Gold Plated Designer Jhumkas

  3.     Kundan Chandbali Earrings

In modern times, Raksha Bandhan is a time for joy, celebration and the whole family is involved in the festivities. The whole family dresses in Indian finery; in fact Mirraw has the perfect ensembles for everyone.

For the ladies Mirraw offers the best of India – exquisite sarees, anarkalis, lehengas and kurtas which have been selectively sourced from different parts of the country. The silks and brocades vie for attention – Kanchipuram, Mysore, Tussar, Banarasi – and the embroidery styles will take your breath away – Zardozi, Chikankari, Kashmiri, Kantha – the beauty of the hand-crafted work drapes like a masterpiece. The richness of a culture is melded into yards of fabric that exudes the fragrance of a land steeped in tradition. Like this gorgeous Banarasi silk saree woven with Indian motifs https://www.mirraw.com/designers/rajnandini/designs/purple-woven-banarasi-silk-saree-with-blouse-banarasi-silk-saree–247

The little children look adorable when they are togged up in Indian clothes and is a such a lovely way to introduce them to their heritage. Check out this little cherub in a red lehenga choli by Mirraw https://www.mirraw.com/designers/white-button/designs/crme-red-hand-embroidery-cambric-cotton-flared-kids-anarkali-lehenga-choli-kids-kids-lehenga-choli

Moreover, the home décor items make for perfect Rakhi gifts as tokens for the rest of the family as well. This beautiful mirror framed in a hand panted wooden frame from Mirraw’s home décor collection adds to the grandeur of any home. https://www.mirraw.com/designers/aapno-rajasthan/designs/warli-painting-on-large-wooden-mirror-wall-art

Raksha Bandhan can trace its origins to several centuries back. There are several mythological references to Rakha Bandhan as well. One story tells of the time when Krishna had cut his hand and Draupadi tore off a part of her sari to make a bandage for him. Krishna was touched by the gesture and promised to always be there in her time of need. He fulfilled this promise by ensuring that her saree was never-ending when the Kauravas tried to disrobe her in the royal court.

The tales of Raksha Bandhan are not limited to just the Hindu religion. History has it that Rani Karnavati had sent a rakhi to Mughal emperor Humayun asking for his help when her kingdom was being attacked. Similarly, Alexander’s wife Roxana had sent a rakhi to King Porus pleading that her husband not be harmed in battle. Porus honoured the rakhi and even though he lost the battle, he won the admiration and respect of Alexander.

It may be known by different names across India – rakhari, bhai dooj or rakhardi but the sentiment remains the same. This is a bond forged from birth. It is ingrained in every fiber of your being. For some it is a relationship that has been born out of respect and friendship. A common history, shared memories, a love that pure and special – that is what a brother and sister relationship is about – these are the ties that bind.

Yogesh Chavan
Yogesh Chavan
I started writing on this blog in November 2011, with a keen interest with Indian Ethnic Fashion, Since I didn't have any experience or could not get an entry-level position or an internship, I made the decision for blogging to demonstrate my writing talents as well as my love of Indian Ethnic fashion. I posted my Indian style ideas and suggestions that help others try something new and to have fun in their clothes, regardless of Size. I generally disagree with the fashion standards of most people and do not believe in wearing clothes that fit your body shape.