Among all the festivals celebrated in Mathura, Raksha bandhan holds an important place. This festival is celebrated on Shukla Paksha Purnima ( fool moon day ) of Shravana Month as per hindu calender.
On this day sister ties rakhi ( Sacred thread ) on her brother’s wrist along with sweets & fruits as a symbol of loving relations between brother & sister and prays for his well being. In return brother promises to protect her from all the troubles which might arise in future.
As the legend explains, Yama, the lord of death, was blessed with eternity as his sister Yamuna tied up a Rakhi thread on his wrist. Since that time the festival of Raksha Bandhan is associated with tying of Rakhi thread.
|Rakhi Festival in Mathura|
In Braj, Folk people consider Krishna as one of their own family member therefore offer Krishna rakhi as a loving bond to seek his protection. In many temples across Mathura-Vrindavan, devotees offer rakhi to Krishna irrespective of their gender.
As per the folk legend, Once Draupadi ( wife of Pandavas ) tied a part of saree on krishna’s hand to stop the bleeding when he injured himself . In return Shri Krishna promised to protect her all her life.
|ghevar : famous sweet of Mathura|
During Raksha Bandhan festival a special sweet called Ghevar, faini is prepared across the sweet shops in Mathura-Vrindavan. This sweet is only prepared during raksha bandhan festival is very famous across India. Demand of Ghevar during raksha bandhan remains so high that some of famous sweet shops always goes out of stock no matter the amount of ghevar they produce.
This year, Raksha bandhan festival will be celebrated on Sunday August 10, 2014 .