This festival to celebrate the bond between a sister and a brother is one of the most special one. Every year sisters choose the best rakhi their brother deserves and brothers plan a gift that would pamper his sister. This relationship that involves love, hate, fun and teasing, a mix of everything is one of the sweetest ones. And what makes this festival even more special are the fascinating stories related to it.
As the name of the festival suggests, it is about brothers taking a pledge to protect (Raksha) their sisters’ honour and respect owing to their relationship (Bandhan). There are many traditional fables that establish these lessons about brothers always coming upfront to protect the honour of their sisters. The significance of this festival lies in celebrating the love of brothers and sisters for each other. People have also given a different dimension to this festival by tying rakhis to their sisters as well. After all, women today are no less in living an independent life and they are as strong as their male counterparts too.
But while the modern dimension is inspiring, the traditional fables are interesting too. Here are few fascinating stories of you probably didn’t know and can share with your siblings.
Did you know that the first raksha bandhan was celebrated between husband and wife?
It is surprising but the essence of this festival first came into existence when during a war between the Gods and Asuras or demons and Lord Krishna asked Lord Indra’s wife to tie a protective thread on the wrist of Lord Indra. This happened on the day of shravan poornima and hence the day is celebrated as Raksha Bandhan thereafter.
When God of death promised to protect his sister!
When Yamraj went to meet his sister Yamuna for the festival of Raksha Bandhan after a long time, he declared that from today every brother, on this day, must pledge to protect his sister.
When Krishna pledged Draupadi as his sister!
One of the days when Lord Krishna was flying a kite, his finger got cut and then Draupadi tore a piece of sari and wrapped around his wound. After that significant moment, Krishna promised to protect her against all evils. A touching take of Raksha Bandhan.
Karnavati sent a rakhi to Humayun
of Chittor had sent a rakhi to Humayun to seek protection of the kingdom against the attack of Bahadur Shah – the of Gujarat. But by the time Humayun reached, he was late and the rani had to perform jauhar to protect her honour. But as a brother’s duty, Humayun later defeated Bahadur Shah and handed the kingdom to Chittor, back to Rani Karnavati’s son.
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