Rakhi Love: A Colorful Celebration with My Little Superheroes

Raksha Bandhan is a cherished day in our family, a time when we celebrate the unique bond between siblings. For my family of four, this day holds special significance, and I strive to make it unforgettable for my two sons, Moksh and Aayush. 

On the morning of August 30, 2023, we decided to infuse some fun into the day. After the kids were ready, we presented them with a mysterious treasure map promising a magical Raksha Bandhan surprise. Eagerly, Moksh and Aayush followed colorful footprints on the map, giggling with excitement. Their first challenge was a riddle, hidden under the sofa cushion, which led them to the kitchen. There, they discovered a box of Raksha Bandhan treats, including Cadbury chocolates, kaju katli, cookies, and ladoos. 

With chocolate-covered faces, the boys continued their quest to our home’s ghar mandir. Inside, they found craft supplies – beads and colorful threads – to create personalized rakhis. We all sat together, and the boys crafted beautiful rakhis for each other, strengthening their teamwork and bond.

Traditionally, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated between brothers and sisters, but we believe its essence can be adapted to any sibling relationship, focusing on love, protection, and care. 

Hidden in their craft supplies was another clue, leading them to their bedroom. Dressed in matching traditional outfits, we decorated a diya and placed it alongside sweets and their rakhis. We explained to the boys that by tying these rakhis, they were promising to always love and protect each other. Moksh tied the rakhi around Aayush’s wrist, creating a heartwarming moment. 

When it was Aayush’s turn, he initially refused our help. After a bit of coaxing and a chocolate bribe, he accepted our assistance and tied the rakhi on Moksh’s wrist. The gesture showcased their growing bond. 

As Raksha Bandhan symbolizes sibling love and protection, Moksh and Aayush wanted to extend this sentiment to our guru, His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj. Together, they tied a rakhi around the murti of our guru. 

Celebrating Raksha Bandhan with my toddler boys reminds me of their strong bond, which will only grow stronger. It’s a day filled with love, laughter, and traditions we’ll cherish for a lifetime. While Raksha Bandhan is a one-day celebration, the sibling bond extends beyond this day. Our children’s exposure to the values of love and respect at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir enhances their bond as they navigate their spiritual journey side by side.

– Tushar Solanki 

BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha

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