Raksha Bandhan literally means the bond of protection and signifies the sacred thread that a sister ties on her brother’s wrist. Sisters pray for their brother’s well being on this day and this sacred bond also entitles the brother to protect his sister from all harms. Though originally a Hindu religious festival, Rakhi has become very secular and modernised over time. It is now celebrated all over the world with the same amount of enthusiasm and intensity. It is always very interesting to know more about the history and mythology of a very popular festival or event. Therefore, we have collected here some of the most popular stories that have been circulated since time immemorial.
Raksha Bandhan Legends
Among the most popular legends is the one about Indrani who tied a sacred thread on Lord Vishnu’s wrist so that He would protect Lord Indra, Her husband who was fighting against the demons. Further, after the demons managed to capture heaven, Brihaspati prepared a Raksha Sutra for Lord Indra’s protection. There is also the Mahabharata story of how Draupadi tied a piece of her own cloth on Lord Krishna’s bleeding finger which made him indebted to her and he saved her when she was in grave danger. The story Goddess Lakshmi and King Bali states that Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi were living in King Bali’s palace as a boon which She did not like. So Goddess Lakshmi tied a Rakhi on the wrist of King Bali and when asked to select a gift She expressed Her wish to return home which he granted.
There is also the story of how Lord Ganesha’s sister tied a Rakhi on His wrist which made His two sons long for a sister. Thus Lord Ganesha created a sister for them named Santoshi Ma for them from the divine flames. Queen Roxana also sent a Rakhi for King Porus when her husband Alexander the Great attacked his kingdom which saved Alexander’s life in the battlefield because Porus abstained from killing him. We also get to hear about how Queen Karnavati sent a Rakhi to Emperor Humayun asking for his help in saving her kingdom of Mewar which was being attacked by Bahadur Shah. The emperor went immediately to her aid leaving all his own campaigns and this shows how strong this bond is.
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