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I am collecting Indian Heritage and culture related vintage postcards, paintings, prints etc. and exhibited them at several locations across India in various events and also sharing them with school and college children by giving presentations to them on Indian Heritage and Culture with my collections and also documenting puppetry etc. intangible performances.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) Festival and Rakhi Mail Envelopes

Raksha Bandhan, (the bond of protection) or Rakhi is a Hindu festival primarily observed in India, Mauritius and Nepal, which celebrates the relationship between brothers (shaurya), cousins and sisters (shreya). It is also called Rakhi Purnima in most of India.It is also celebrated in some parts of Pakistan. The festival is observed by Hindus, Jains, and most Sikhs.

In fact, the popular practice of Raksha Bandhan has its historical associations also. The Rajput queens practised the custom of sending rakhi threads to neighbouring rulers as token of brotherhood. The central ceremony involves the tying of a rakhi (sacred thread) by a sister on her brother's wrist. This symbolizes the sister's love and prayers for her brother's well-being, and the brother's lifelong vow to protect her. The festival falls on the Full Moon day (Shravan Poornima) of the Shravan month of  the Hindu lunisolar calendar.  One Islamic Scholar believes that Raksha Bandhan grew in popularity after Rani Karnavati, the widowed queen of Chittor, sent a rakhi to the Mughal emperor Humayun when she required his help.

The above text courtesy on Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi Festival) is from the web site of wikipedia.org http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raksha_Bandhan

This year Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) Festival coming on 21st August, 2013.

In my collection i have 2 different Rakhi Mail envelopes issued by Gujarat Postal Circle & Maharashtra Postal Circle. 

This is Rakhi Mail envelope issued by Gujarat Postal Circle.

This is Rakhi Mail envelope issued by Maharashtra Postal Circle.


  1. India is only country where we find many cultures as well as religions. this makes India as a unique and attractive country. we find the many Indian bride and groom of different culture's.thanks for writing such a nice blog.

  2. I just wanted to add a comment to mention thanks for your post. This post is really interesting and quite helpful for us. Keep sharing.
    Rakhi 2016