Though the festival is a Hindu festival, it is celebrated among other religions too, marking the secular fabric of the country.
On this auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie a rakhi (sacred thread) on their brother’s wrist. This festival also signifies the sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, as well as the brother’s lifelong vow to protect her sister, making a strong bonding between brother and sister.
In Odisha, the festival which is also known as Gamha Purnima begins with Devi Subhadra tying rakhi to her brothers Lord Jagannath and Lord Balabhadra. It is being celebrated inside Shree Jagannath temple in Puri with religious sincerity.