It is Rakshabandhan ! (II)

By First Posted: Sep 2, 2007 Sun 10:30 AM Updated: Dec 7, 2007 Fri 12:26 AM

Now that you have made beautiful Rakhis for your dear brother(s) apne haathon se, its time to prepare a beautiful Rakhi ki Thali for the auspicious occasion. What are you waiting for? Get on with the job

Traditionally the Rakhi thali is almost same as the thali for the Pooja of the deities. The Rakhi Thali contains a diya, roli or tika, rice, sandalwood, incense sticks. In the Raksha Bandhan Thali, the Rakhis are also kept along with all these items.

The Thali or the plate could be of silver or brass or simple steel. They may have fixed containers and stands for the various components of the Pooja or have complimenting incense stick stands and Diyas, containers for rice and roli and place to keep sweets.

Brass or silver or silver plated Rakhi Thali is considered most auspicious. One of the essentials is drawing a Swastika in the middle of the Thali, the symbol of Lord Ganesha. Roli, rice and water are put in three tiny containers along with Diya and an insence stick stand. Rakhi and flowers can be places in the Thali itself and sweets can accompany in a separate plate.

The Rakhi Thali can be decorated with a yellow or red cotton bandhani cloth and gota ( Golden lace) or moli. Proper care should be taken that Diya and the burning insense sticks dont come in direct contact with the cloth. A sacred aura can be created by arranging the things on a jute mat

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