Photos: Brothers and sisters across India gear up to celebrate Raksha Bandhan

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As Raksha Bandhan is just a day away, city markets are flooded with colourful rakhis. On Saturday there were rushed sales, last-minute shopping of gifts and sweets as the city geared up for the festival that celebrates the brother-sister bond of love. The simple bond of promise of safeguarding a sister, has acquired a modern, swanky avatar in this age of marketing. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

As Raksha Bandhan is just a day away, city markets are flooded with colourful rakhis. On Saturday there were rushed sales, last-minute shopping of gifts and sweets as the city geared up for the festival that celebrates the brother-sister bond of love. The simple bond of promise of safeguarding a sister, has acquired a modern, swanky avatar in this age of marketing. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

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The festival falls on the full moon day in the Shravan month according to Hindu calendar. Raksha Bandhan in Sanskrit means ‘the tie or knot of protection’ and it is brother’s duty to care and shield her sister. (Rahul Raut / HT Photo)

The festival falls on the full moon day in the Shravan month according to Hindu calendar. Raksha Bandhan in Sanskrit means ‘the tie or knot of protection’ and it is brother’s duty to care and shield her sister. (Rahul Raut / HT Photo)

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Though it is primarily a Hindu festival, it has long surpassed communal borders and is celebrated by many across the country and abroad regardless of religion. (PTI)

Though it is primarily a Hindu festival, it has long surpassed communal borders and is celebrated by many across the country and abroad regardless of religion. (PTI)

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A girl selecting Rakhi at a shop in Chikmaglur, Karnataka . The craze for choosing the best rakhis for their brothers can be seen among the women and young girls. (PTI)

A girl selecting Rakhi at a shop in Chikmaglur, Karnataka . The craze for choosing the best rakhis for their brothers can be seen among the women and young girls. (PTI)

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Girl gets mehandi applied on her hands for the eve of Raksha Bandhan in New Delhi. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

Girl gets mehandi applied on her hands for the eve of Raksha Bandhan in New Delhi. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

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The markets are displaying different varieties of Rakhis featuring Superman, Krrish, Bal Hanuman, Chhota Bheem and even Doreamon are major attractions for kids this season. Some of the rakhis have been made of resham and zari threads and are decorated with different items like pearls, beads, stones, gems or imitation jewellery material. (PTI)

The markets are displaying different varieties of Rakhis featuring Superman, Krrish, Bal Hanuman, Chhota Bheem and even Doreamon are major attractions for kids this season. Some of the rakhis have been made of resham and zari threads and are decorated with different items like pearls, beads, stones, gems or imitation jewellery material. (PTI)

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Wings Foundation & Navi Mumbai Police organised Raksha Bandhan Day for Awareness of road safety during which Police official tie Rakhi on the hands of people who break the traffic rules at Vashi in Navi Mumbai. (Bachchan Kumar / HT Photo)

Wings Foundation & Navi Mumbai Police organised Raksha Bandhan Day for Awareness of road safety during which Police official tie Rakhi on the hands of people who break the traffic rules at Vashi in Navi Mumbai. (Bachchan Kumar / HT Photo)

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