Raksha bandhan is about to arrive. Streets are gleaming with colorful threads, beautiful gifts and greetings. At every nook and corner, sisters are busy buying threads of love or Rakhis for their beloved brothers; while brothers are busy figuring out what they can gift their sisters this year.
The exceptional festival celebrates the love between two siblings and a promise of protecting each other forever. But do you know that just like other festivals, Rakhsha bandhan is also associated with different mythological stories that date back to 360 B.C?
Here are six stories that reflect the significance of celebrating Raksha Bandhan. And the values associated with this joyous festival…
1. Krishna and Draupadi – From the Mahabharat
It is said that, one day Krishna managed to cut his little finger while cutting sugarcane. Rukmini, Krishna’s wife immediately sent her help to get a cloth while Sathyabama, his other consort immediately rushed to bring some fabric.
Draupadi, his cousin sister and wife of the Padavas, who was watching this tore off a part of her sari and bandaged Krishna’s finger immediately. In return, Krishna promised to protect her in time of distress.It is said that he uttered is ‘Akshyam’ as a boon and it means ‘May it be unending.’
Krishna kept his promise and made Draupadi’s sari ‘endless’ to save her from embarrassment on the day she was disrobed in King Dhritarashtra’s court by Kauravas.
2. Roxana (wife of Alexander the Great) and Porus
When Alexander the Great invaded India in 326 BC, his wife Roxana sent a sacred thread to Porus, and requested him not to harm her husband during the battle.
It is said that at some point in the battle when Porus lifted his hand to kill Alexander, he saw the thread and stopped.
3. Rani Karnavati and King Humayun
After the demise of Rana Sanga, Rani Karnavati was the regent of Mewar. She ruled in the name of Vikramjeet – her elder son.
When Gujarat’s emperor Bahadur Shah of Gujarat attacked Mewar for the second time, Rani Karnavati began seeking help from her nobles for support. Initially apprehensive, the nobles agreed to take on Bahadur Shah.
In the meantime, Karnavati asked Humayun for help. She wrote to him and sent a rakhi seeking protection. Interestingly, Humayun’s father Babur had once defeated Rana Sanga as he led a confederation of Rajput armies against him in 1527.
When the call for help reached the Mughal emperor, unfortunately, he was in the middle of another military campaign. He abandoned the attack and left for Mewar. But he could not make it on time.
The Rajput army was defeated in Chittoor, and Rani Karnavati committed Jauhar.
Bahadur Shah, however, could not go any further and had to turn back from Chittor as Mughal military reinforcements arrived. Humayun then restored the kingdom to Vikramjit, Rani Karnavati’s son.
4. Yama (the Lord of Death) and Yamuna (the river)
It is said that when the Yamuna tied a rakhi to Yama, the lord of death granted her immortality. He was so moved that he declared, any brother who is tied a rakhi and offers to protect his sister would become immortal.
5. King Bali and Goddess Laxmi
Lord Vishnu protected his devotee and the demon King Bali, disguising himself as his doorman. In Vaikuntha, the abode of Vishnu, his consort Laxmi has been missing him.
Disguising herself as a woman seeking a shelter to live in since her husband has been away, she approached Bali. The generous king opened the doors of his palaces for the lady. As Laxmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity entered Bali began to prosper.
On the full moon day in the holy month of Shravana, Laxmi tied a thread of colored cotton thread on Bali’s wrist and wished for protection and happiness. Bali asked Laxmi what she desired and promised to fulfill it.
Laxmi simply points to the gatekeeper who reveals his real identity and the goddess follows suit. Bali keeps his promise and requests Vishnu to return to his home with his consort.
6. Birth of Santoshi Maa
The tale states that on an auspicious day, Lord Ganesha’s sister Manasa visited him to tie the rakhi. On seeing this, Ganesha’s sons — Shubha and Labha — insisted on having a sister.
Giving in to their demands, Ganesha created goddess Santoshi from the divine flames that are believed to emerge from his consorts – Riddhi and Siddhi.
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