Saturday, August 29, 2015

5 stories behind the festival Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is celebrated as the day where a sister ties a thread around her brother's wrist as a symbol of protection while the he promises to protect and take care of her.

Here are five more things you need to know about this auspicious occasion:

1. The origin of Raksha Bandhan comes from the ancient times when Indrani tied a thread given to her by Lord Vishnu around her husband Lord Indra's wrist to protect him from demons during the war between the Gods and demons. 

2. Another story believes that demons won the war and captured heaven. Lord Indra, who was unhappy about this, complained to Brihaspati (guru of the gods), who then prepared a raksha sutra and told him to wear it for protection.

3. The promise of protection was seen in the Mahabharat too. It is believed that once LordKrishna cut his finger and was bleeding profusely. Seeing this, Draupadi tore a part of her sari and tied it around his finger. This is believed to be the reason why he saved her during her cheerharan by Kaurava.

4. Rakhi saved Alexander The Great's life. When he had invaded India, his wife Roxana had sent a rakhi to the Katoch King Porus and he had vowed to protect her and her husband. So, on the battlefield when he was about to kill Alexander he saw the rakhi and refrained from killing him.

5. The most significant story of the dedication of a brother's promise if that of EmperorHumayun who went with his troops to Mewar when Rani Karnavati who ruled the region then asked for his help. Mewar had been attacked twice by Bahadur Shah and as a ray of hope she sent a letter to Humayun with a rakhi asking for his help. The emperor who was between a military campaign then left everything to go and protect her.

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