Raksha Bandhan is a very popular festival celebrated in India .Raksha Bandhan , As the name suggests is a promise to provide Safety .Raksha Bandhan is also known as Rakhi . Raksha Bandhan is celebrated by Hindu, Sikh & Jain community . This festival is celebrated on the last day of Sharavan by hindu calendar , and falls in the month of August .This festival is celebrated between brothers and sisters . On raksha bandhan , the sisters tie a Rakhi ( in the form of a plain or decorated thread ) on the wrist of their brothers as a sign to evade and protect them from all the evils , apply a tilak on their foreheads , serve them sweets and pray for their well being and prosperity . In return , the brothers give them gifts and promises to keep them safe and secure in all the ups and downs of the life ..
There are many stories associated with Raksha Bandhan . It is said that the queen of Chittor ( Rani Karnavati ) sent a rakhi to the emperor Humayun for protection from the evading emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar . Rani Karnawti was a Hindu Rajput and Emperor Humayun was a Muslim , still the Emperor Humayun rushed to save Rani Karnavati . It is also celebrated in the different regions in different manners in India . Like in Maharashtra , it is also called as Narali Poornima ( Coconut day festival ) in which few fisherman communities offers their prayers to the Hindu lord of sea ( Lord Varuna ) for his blessings and throw coconuts in the water . .