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Happy Raksha Bandhan
By Sanjay Arora | Aug 05, 2017 at 15:40

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Raksha Bandhan is an important festival of India, celebrated across the country with lots of love and enthusiasm. The festival celebrates the beautiful relationship between a brother and a sister. On this day, the sister ties an ornamented thread called Rakhi on the wrist of the brother and prays for his long life. In return, the brother promises to take care and protect the sister for his entire life. Usually, the promise is accompanied by a sweet gift. A deep emotion of love, respect and gratitude between the brother and the sister is expressed on this occasion.

Raksha Bandhan is primarily a Hindu festival dominant in Northern parts of the country. However, people from other religions and other parts of the country also celebrate this beautiful festival with utmost zeal and enthusiasm. According to the Hindu calendar, the big day is celebrated on the Shravana Poornima. The ritual is performed during the early hours of the day. All the family members gather at a common place and celebrate the beautiful day.

History Of Raksha Bandhan

The festival was originated around 6000 years back during the establishment of first Aryan civilization. Many historical evidences have been discovered that proves the existence of this festival in varied cultures and traditions of Hindu dynasty. A very popular story from Mughal era states that the Great Mughal Emperor Humayun received a rakhi from the widowed queen Rani Karnawati from Chittor. The Rakhi was regarded as a symbol of spiritual binding. The queen feared invasions from the neighbouring kings. To ensure the safety of her kingdom and herself, she sent a Rakhi to the great King Humayun, hence seeking his protection. The King Humayun was touched by this pious gesture and sent his troops for help.

Another reference of the festival of Rakhi dates back in 300B.C. This was the era when India was invaded by Great Alexander. King Alexander was stunned to witness the ferocity of Indian King Puru. The wife of Alexander wanted to keep her husband safe. She then decided to send the Rakhi to king Puru. The generous Puru accepted her as his sister and refrained his troops from Alexander’s territory.

The pious festival of Raksha Bandhan is also narrated in Hindu Mythological epic of Mahabharata. The princess Draupadi once tied a strip of cloth over the bleeding wrist of Lord Krishna. The lord accepted the princess as her sister and promised to protect her from evils. As the story goes further, Draupadi was indeed protected by her brother Lord Krishna.

In another mythological story, the powerful king Mahabali was approached by Goddess Lakshmi with a Rakhi. It is believed that ever since this day, it has become a tradition to invite the sisters on the sacred day of Sravan Poornima, to tie the thread of rakhi on the brother’s wrist.

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