Every year you witness the vivid pomp and splendour of the festival called Raksha Bandhan, when you shop for gifts, clothes, eatables for the occasion. This is an auspicious occasion to rekindle the sibling love. However, there certainly is so much more to it than these customs and traditions. Here are 7 tales which tell how Rakhis formed an important part of history at various junctures:
I. King Porus or Puru as he is popularly known in India; combated Alexander the Great in a Battle of Hydapses in 326 BC. Puru was an outright Hindu king who received a sacred thread from wife of Alexander the Great, along with a request of avoiding to harm him during the course of battle. Puru honoured the sacred thread when he was on the battle field. He was about to slay Alexander when his vision fell on the thread tied on his wrist which prevented him from making that attack.
II. Famous since ages as a ‘protection thread’ Rakhi was sent by Queen Karmavati of Chittor to Humayun seeking protection from Bahadur Shah.
III. At the turbulent time of partition of Bengal in 1905, there was total communal chaos between Hindus and Muslims. It was then when first Nobel Laureate of India Rabindranath Tagore used the festival of ‘Rakshabandhan’ to propagate peace by calling people of both sects to tie Rakhis to each other and live in brotherhood.
IV. Shishupali’s death left Lord Krishna with a bleeding finger which was attended by Draupadi as she tied a strip torn off her silk saree around Krishna’s wrist. This simple gesture of care touches Lord Krishna immensely causing him to announce himself her protector. Krishna promised to pay back this debt many folds, which he did.
V. As per the famous tale, Guru Brihaspati asked Sachi the wife Indra to tie Rakhi around her husband’s wrist ensuring that he is victorious in battle against Vrita, the King of Asuras to which he had previously lost his kingdom.
VI. King Bali sort Lord Vishnu’s help in restoring his kingdom conquered by enemies, to which the Lord consented. Goddess Laxmi, the wife of Lord Vishnu concerned for his well-being made it to Bali’s mansion disguised as a Brahmin woman and on the day of Shravan Purnima revealed her purpose of being there and tied a revered thread on Bali’s wrist. Moved by the love she had for her husband, Bali then requested Lord Vishnu not to leave his abode. The festival is hence also known as ‘Belva.’ And is symbolic of Bali’s devotion for Lord Vishnu.
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