The centre of Raksha Bandhan is the Rakhi Thali. Browse through this article and learn the art of Rakhi Thali Decoration.

Rakhi Thali Decoration

Celebrating the emotional bond between brothers and sisters, Raksha Bandhan is a festival in which a sister ties the sacred thread around her brother's wrist. And the brother vows to protect his sister from all evils. A specially decorated Thali, forming the central attraction of the festival, is meant for the sisters to show their love and devotion towards their brothers. It is the Thali, a plate, on which a sister places different decorative items. This decoration part depends entirely on the creativity of a sister as to what look she wants to give to it. And these thalis, in different places of the country, are decorated in different styles, also representing different significations. However, a Swastika (a sacred symbol for Hindus), made in the middle of the plate remains almost a constant, along with a few other things that we will throw light on in the following section.

Though in the earlier times, people used to make the Thali by themselves, these days pre-decorated Thalis are also easily available across the markets, and at affordable prices. But, the joy in decorating your own remains unchallenged by the readymade ones. And there's nothing quite like your personal touch that says a thousand words! The Thali, made either of copper or bronze or silver or gold (depending on what you select), is decorated with different materials including the obvious - rakhi, and others like diya (miniature oil based lamp) for the aarti, traditional sweets, roli, akshat, coloured grains, poster paints, flowers, buds, petals, beads, and sequins etc. While some of them are only used for ornamental purposes, others, are used when the actual ceremony takes place. The following part will discuss about the different ways of decorating a Rakhi.

Rakhi Thali Decoration Ideas
With the rakhi, diyas, roli (paste to be applied on brother's forehead, as a ritual) swastika sign, traditional sweets, and idol of the deity you believe in remaining constant; you can decorate the thali with many different ways. Here's how:

Floral Thali: Decorate the thali with fresh and colourful flowers (buds or petals). You can either fill it whole with flowers or can have them decorated on the boundaries. The thali can also be decorated only with banana or beetle leaves (beetle leaves are considered auspicious).

Dry-fruits Thali: Dry fruits like almonds, cashews, raisins, chestnuts, cocoa nut, pistachio etc can be used in a decorative way. You can also use the dry fruits to create different designs.

Roli-turmeric Thali: Give the thali a traditional look by using the turmeric and Roli, in thick liquid form and decorate the thali. Mix a little water in powered form of both and create different patterns (hint: Swastika, floral designs etc).

Sandalwood Thali: Spread the thali with sandalwood paste; once it is dry make a Swastika design on it. Now decorate the Thali with rose petals, beads, and tassels.

Other examples include collage thali, painted thali, sweets thali, chocolate-toffee thali, and the likes. You know what the best part is? You don't have to tread one path; you can also experiment by mixing different types of styles together to rend your own uniquely patterned decoration.