BAPS Hindu Mandir held a special prayer assembly to commemorate Rakshabandhan and pay tribute to HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj on his sixth memorial anniversary. The celebration, attended by more than 4,000 workers from over 26 companies, was a joyous occasion to thank the those working earnestly to provide for their families.
Rakshabandhan symbolizes a bond of support and protection between brothers and sisters and God and devotees. It is celebrated amongst families and friends. On this auspicious day, sisters tie a sacred thread, or rakhi, on the right-hand wrist of their brothers while praying for their well-being and prosperity. In return, brothers give their sisters a gift as a promise of protection and love. The literal translation of ‘raksha bandhan’ is ‘bond of protection.’ On this auspicious day, 10,000 rakhis, handmade by the female devotees of the BAPS in UAE, were distributed to workers, residents, families, and communities to celebrate this occasion.
Ram, one of the laborers, shared a sentiment echoed by many of the attendees, “I feel like I am back home with my family. We are grateful to the swamis and Mandir for inviting us to celebrate Rakshabandhan together.”
HH Mahant Swami Maharaj blessed the audience from India with prayers for harmony and fraternity – underlining that we are eternally under God’s protection and are blessed with the wisdom to help one another in the spirit of universal fellowship.
Afterwards, the attendees participated in an auspicious brick laying ceremony called ‘Shila Sthaapan.’ Partaking in a special puja to sanctify a brick which they personally carried and placed on the five-meter-high plinth, above the foundation of the new mandir.
Swami Brahmaviharidas, head of the BAPS Hindu Mandir, presiding over the ceremonies added, "The atmosphere is one of great love, equality, and divinity. These thousands of rakhis have been handmade with love by the female devotees of UAE, to gift to each worker, symbolizing blessings for brothers. Even this Mandir will be handmade with love! Hence, in a place of great piety we pray that may God guide and guard this beautiful nation, its leadership, and all those who call it their home."
The resonance of respect between the Hindu Community and the workers was evident. As more than 100 volunteers helped orchestrate the flow while working conscientiously to manage logistics, prepare fresh food, and small traditional memorabilia. A successful reflection of true positivity and solidarity in this country.
“There is a feeling of belonging which cannot be justified in words. This thread symbolizes mutual respect and togetherness. I am truly proud to serve these brothers who work tirelessly to help build marvellous projects, such as this beautiful upcoming mandir.” Ashok Kotecha, BAPS Hindu Mandir, Chairman.
The audience also enjoyed a medley of festival hymns sung by the sadhus and youth volunteers of BAPS Hindu Mandir. Meanwhile, each member of the assembly came forward to be tied their own rakhi accompanied with a prayer for protection, fulfillment, and happiness.