"Raksha Bandan" celebrated with religious fervour

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Chandigarh, Aug 16 (UNI) "Raksha Bandan", signifying the undying ties of love and affection between a sister and a brother, was celebrated with religious fervour and enthusiasm in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh Union Territory today.

Women tied colourful rakhis on their brothers, binding them in an inseparable bond of affection and love, who inturn made a traditional pledge to protect them from evil. At some places, the women demonstrated secular culture by tying rakhis on members of other communities.

Long queues were seen at rakhi stalls and sweet shops made a brisk business at various places in the region on the occasion. A large number of people visited tastefully decorated temples and offered prayers.

Reports of "Raksha Bandan " celebrations were received from Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Ambala, Yamunanagar, Rohtak, Hissar, Sonepat, Karnal, Shimla, Mandi, Kangra, Hamirpur and solan.

Authorities have taken adequate measures to maintain peace and deployed police personnel at temples and rakhi stalls. No untoward incident has been reported from anywhere from the region so far.

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