Indian Inspired Rakshabandhan/rakhi Cards

Hindus all over celebrate Raksha Bandhan. "Raksha" means protection, "bandhan" means bound or binding. Rakshabandhan dates back to before the Mahabharat battle. Queen Kunti tied a raksha on her grandson Abhimanyu to protect him in battle. The festival of Raksha Bandhan commenced when Lakshmiji tied the 'rakhadi' ('rakhee' in Hindi) on Bali Raja. Since Bali Raja offered devotion by sacrificing everything to the Lord, the day is also known as 'Bali-eva' or 'Baleva' for short. Therefore when Brahmin priests perform puja rituals, they chant a famous mantra while tying the 'nada chhadi' (raksha) on a devotee: Yena baddho Baliraja daanavendro Mahaabala, tena twaamabhi badh naami rakshe maa chala maa chala (Translated) I tie on you (the devotee) the raksha which was tied on Bali, the King of demons. Therefore O Raksha! Do not ever fail to protect this devotee, do not ever fail. -Bhavishyottara Puran : 137/20 A rakhi (raksha) is tied by a sister on her brother's right wrist, to protect him from evil influence and those factors which may taint his character, and to strengthen the bond of sibling love between them.