Rakhi tying on Rakhsha Bandhan. Image Source: IANS

August 3 : The festivity of brother- sister love and protection holds great significance in Indian culture. This year, Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on August 15, 2019 as per the Hindu calendar. Over the years, people have taken the Rakhi celebrations to the next level.

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People aim to make the largest, longest and most beautiful Rakhis every year, and their fine creations have reached the Guinness World Records. Below is a list of Rakhi designs and interesting rituals that had been organized in the past years and entered or at least attempted to enter the World Records.

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World's Biggest Decorative Rakhi: In 2013, the Brahma Kumaris organization, made a 40 feet high rakhi in Bangalore. This was attempted with a view to foster brotherhood and protection of women. Their feat was certified and entered the Limca Book of Records.

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World’s Longest Rakhi: This is the longest rakhi that has entered the world records . It was made and presented at the NTR Trust Bhavan, Banjara Hill, Hyderabad. It measured a staggering 666 fee in length and took almost 8 hours to finish the entire rakhi.

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World’s Largest Rakhi: After the biggest and the longest, in 2015, the Largest Rakhi world record was presented during the Raksha Bandhan festival. It was dedicated to Lord Jagannath and measured about 50 feet in base diameter and 500 feet in length. It claims the largest eco- friendly rakhi in the world.

World's Largest Rakhi by an Individual: In 2017, this massive creation achieved the record for being the World's Largest Rakhi by an Individual. It measured about 880 feet by 5 feet and was completed by Aman Gulati all by his own efforts.

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Rakhi with Khakhi: In 2018, the Bilaspur Police in Chattisgarh conducted a widespread function whereby women could tie Rakhis to about 50,033 police officials. The event took about 10 hours and this huge act of brother sister love on Raksha Bandhan had entered the Guinness World Record

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Raksha Sutra: The thread that protects a brother’s life is divine and on Raksha Bandhan, the Raksha Sutra was tied by students from 125 schools. The event was organized by Satprerna Trust and more than 45000 children participated at many venues all over the country.

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