Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is a Hindu festival. It is the celebration of the unbroken bond between sister and brother. On this day sisters tie a rakhi on her brother’s wrist and make a prayer for his brother’s better life in return brother make a promise to provide security to his sister from all the uncertain things. Raksha Bandhan is celebrated from ancient time and has so many legends.
Raksha Bandhan Mythology
Indra and Sachi: When the Indra the king of gods lose against asura (demon) Vritra, his wife Sachi tie a thread on his wrist for good luck for
Draupadi and Krishna: Once when Lord Krishna’s hand is bleeding, Draupadi the wife of
There are two more tales which are related to Lord Bali and Goddess Laxmi and Yamaraj and Yamuna.
Raksha Bandhan History
Rabindranath Tagore: Rabindranath Tagore, the Noble prize winner used festival Raksha Bandhan to maintain peace and harmony between the Hindus and Muslims community during the 1905, Bengal partition.
King Porus and Alexandar’s wife: Wife of the Greek King Alexandar (Shikandar), sent a sacred thread to Hindu King Porus, asking him not to harm her husband in the battlefield. King Porus tied the thread on his hand respectfully and in the battle when he was going to attack King Alexander he saw the thread and prevent himself to attack King Alexander.
Humayun and Queen Karmavati: King Humayun got a rakhi from Queen of Chittor, Karmavati. She asked for help in the battle against Bahadur Shah with that rakhi. Humayun came to help her but he was late, Chittor was fallen when he reached.
Now let’s see some facts about Rakhi
- Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan is not only celebrated in India. but it is also celebrated in Nepal, Sri Lanka, USA, UAE, Mauritius.
- It is not only celebrated by Hindus but it is also celebrated by Buddhists, Muslims, Sikhs, and Christians.
- It also is known as Rakhari and Rakhsa Purnima.
- Every year in the day of Purnima of the Shravan Month Rakhi is celebrated.
- Rakhi is tied on the right wrist.
- The religious journey of Amarnath ends on Raksha Purnima.
- For mutual brotherhood, the male member of RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) India, tie rakhis on each other’s wrist. They use saffron colour rakhi mostly.
- For this day the Postal Department of Government of India prepares a special envelope only for ten rupees. In it, someone can post several rakhis.
- Several movies are based on this day. few of the moves are Rakhi, Rakhi Aur Hathkadi, Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi Aur Rifle etc.
- In Maharastra
,India rakhiis known as Nariyal Purnima (coconut purnima). In some part of Nepal, it is called Shravani and Saloono.