The 6 Folklores That Make Rakshabandhan an Emotional Affair
In the modern India, the festival of Rakshabandhan celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters – where the sisters tying a thread around their brother’s wrist as a symbol of their love and in turn the brother pledges to protect his sister. However, there are many ancient stories, attach to this festival which is believe by people. These stories gave the existence to this bond of love and protection between brothers and sisters. And let us the 6 Folklores That Make Rakshabandhan an Emotional Affair.
Here are some of the most believed ones:
Lord Indra And Indrani:
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. It is believe that demons won the war and captured heaven. Lord Indra, who was unhappy about this, complained to Brihaspati (guru of the gods), who advised him to tie a sacred thread powered by mantras on his wrist on Shravan Purnima. On that day, Indra’s wife Sachi tied the thread on his wrist and Gods won the battle. Since then it become a common custom in India for women to tie a thread on the wrists of soldiers going for war, with the hope that it will protect them and lead them to victory.
Lord Krishna And Draupadi:
During the Rajsuya yagya to protect the good people, Lord Krishna killed Shishupal with his Sudarshan Chakra. His death led to cut Krishna’s finger and was bleeding profusely. Seeing this, Draupadi tore a part of her sari and tied it around his wrist to staunch the flow of blood. Touched by the gesture, Krishna vowed to repay the debt to her. This is believed to be the reason why he saved her during her cheerharan by Kaurava. Another story mentions of Kunti tying a rakhi to her grandson Abhimanyu.
The Great Alexander And King Porus:
Another legend has it that when Alexander the Great invaded India in 326 BC, his wife, Roxana sent Porus, a sacred thread and asked him not to harm her husband on the battlefield. Honouring the request, when he confronts Alexander, he refuses to kill him. Eventually, Porus would lose the battle of the Hydaspes River but would gain Alexander’s respect and honour. After his death, Porus would become a very loyal Macedonian satrap.
Rani Karmavati/Karnavati And Emperor Humayun :
The story of Rani Karnavati and Emperor Humayun is the most significant one in the history. During the medieval era, Rajputs were fighting Muslim invasions. When Rani Karnavati – the widowed queen of the king of Chittor realised that she could in no way defend the invasion of the Sultan of Gujarat, Bahadur Shah, she sent a rakhi to Emperor Humayun. The Emperor was touch by the gesture start off with his troops to defend her.
Goddess Laxmi And King Bali :
In another story, Lord Vishnu pleased with the extreme devotion of his disciple, the demon King Bali, promised to guard his kingdom, abandoning his own abode in Vaikunth. Meanwhile, Goddess Lakshmi, wanted her lord to be back with her in his abode. She went to Bali disguised as a Brahmin and sought refuge with telling him that her husband had gone away on some long errand. Then, on Shravan Purnima she tied a thread on King Bali’s wrist wishing for his wellbeing. In return he granted her one boon and the goddess asked him to return her husband.
Lord Yama And Yamuna:
It has also been said that Lord Yama and his sister Yamuna also practiced Raksha Bandhan. Yamuna tied a sacred thread on Yama’s wrist and bestowed immortality on him. Since then Yama promise that whoever gets a rakhi tied by his sister and vows to protect her will become immortal.
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