The Fascinating Stories of Raksha Bandhan that you must Know
Puja Bhardwaj || StartupCity Magazine
Raksha Bandhan, meaning "Know of Protection" is one of the most important festivals celebrated in Hindu religion across the world. This festival stands for the beautiful bonding shared between brothers and sisters. On this day, sisters tie 'Rakhi' around the wrist of their brothers and take promise to protect them whole life. As per the Hindu calendar, it is celebrated on the full moon of the Savan month.
Rakhi has alot of stories around it. It nurtures a rich heritage of legendary traditions,some rooted back to the ages of great epics. As per the Hindu tradition, theRaksha has indeed assumed all aspects of protection of the forces ofrighteousness from the forces of evil.
History of Raksha Bandhan
The historyof Raksha Bandhan started about 6000 years back when it came into origin whenAryans created first civilization- Indus Valley Civilization.
There arenumerous stories behind Raksha Bandhan. The festival started mainly whenDraupadi once tore a strip of her sari and tied it on Krishan's wrist thatstopped Krishan's bleeding from the battlefield would. Then Krishna declaredher as his sister. In return, Lord Krishna protected Draupadi, when she wasabused by the Kauravas when Pandavas lost her in a gambling bet.
It is saidthat the festival gained popularity mainly after Rani Karnavati, the queen ofChittor, sent a Rakhi to Mughal emperor Humayun. She needed instant support andsought help to protect her state from the attack of Bahadur Shah of Gujarat. Torespect the threat that Karnavati has sent, Humayun had immediately sent hisarmy to Chittor to protect her.
RakshaBandhan is also linked to the birth of Goddess Santoshi, and the relationshipGoddess Laxmi and King Bali shared among many other fables of similarnature. It is believed that the Yamuna River also tied Rakhi toYama, the God of Death and bestowed immortality.
The noblelaureate Rabindranath Tagore started a mass Raksha Bandhan festival during thePartition of Bengal, in which he encouraged Hindu and Muslim women to tie arakhi on men from the other communities and make them brothers. It was mainlystarted to address British's efforts to create a divide between Hindus andMuslims.
Whatever bethe stories with this festival, it is celebrated with full fervours with atouch of modern trends. Raksha Bandhan is the perfect symbol of duty betweenbrothers and sisters. This festival is meant to celebrate any type ofbrother-sister relationship between men and women who may not be biologicallyrelated.