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Why do Hindu people wear red strings around their wrist?

what is the significance of the string? What does it symbolize? When does it get tied? 67 mths ago

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SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RED THREAD TIED AROUND THE WRIST It is customary for Hindus to tie a red thread - commonly called a mauli or kalava - on the wrist at the beginning of a religious ceremony. The thread is tied on the right wrist of men and the left wrist of women. The literal meaning of mauli is 'above all'. Here the reference is to the head that stands high. With the moon perched on top of Shiva's head he is referred to as Chandramauli. A person often puts on the red thread on one’s wrist when doing a ceremony, ritual or puja, such as worship to the Ganga River, a deity, or for certain blessings. The thread helps preserve or imbibe those blessings when it is tied around one’s wrist during the ceremony. The practice of tying the thread dates back to the time when Vamana Bhagwan tied this holy thread on the wrist of the progressive King Bali to grant him immortality. The thread can also be called a raksha or rakhi, and is put on the brother by the sister to show the sister’s familial love. The knots in the thread are said to hold the love of the sister when she tied the knot. Thus, the brother wears the rakhi as a sign of his sister’s love and wishes for protection. In other arrangements, the knots tied in the rakhi as the red strings are given to guests or tied around their wrists before a special ceremony or reception is also considered to hold the goodwill of those who offer it.

Source: http://www.stephen-knapp.com/basic_points_about_vedic_culture_hinduism.htm

67 mths ago

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I don't know, but Rambo wears a bit one around his head.

67 mths ago

i believe its for protection and success (which is essentially the protection from misfortune).. it also serves to remind the bearer of said string to honour the values of of their religion.. it gets tied during auspicious prayers (by a priest).. you also get yellow and white strings which have the same symbolism.. not to be confused with a rahkhee.. which can also be a red string (albeit usually adorned with something).. has the same significance but is tied under different circumstances.. by a sister wishing her brother health wealth success and protection.. in return the brother gives his sister a gift

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67 mths ago

It gets dies when one does a lakshmi prayer, i.e a prayer to the goddess lakshmi (which was about 2 weeks ago). Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and this string is tied as a symbol of having this spirit with u the whole year through, remember wealth is not only monetary wealth but whatever the individual considers it to be i.e wealth in terms of health, happiness, love, success etc and this is kept with u all the time in the form of the string.

67 mths ago

Their believes.

67 mths ago

It is a sign of brotherhood

67 mths ago

I didn't know they did! Thanks, Thumbsie for enlightening me!

67 mths ago

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