Hindi, Raksha means 'protection'. This word is derived from the Sanskritlanguage.
Raksha is the basic spirit with which the festival
Rakshabandhanis celebrated in India. In this festival, a sister ties a string, known as Rakhi, around the wrist of her brother, asking him to protect her. The brother reciprocates by gifting his sister a present and renewing his vow to protect her. Rakshabandhanis considered to be a festival that ties two people. A girl can tie a rakhi to a person who is not even her brother but the rule is that she has to continue tying it all her life. It is so because once a brother, always a brother. You cannot just tie it once and forget about it because when you become brother and sister, the relationship lasts forever.
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*"Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend" (ISBN 0-500-51088-1) by Anna Dallapiccola
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