Raksha Bandhan



Raksha Bandhan, it means ‘bond of protection’ in Hindi and with same
theme it is celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. It
is celebrated on the fullmoon day during ‘Shravan’ month as per Hindu
calendar.

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The festival is marked by the tying of a Rakhi or holy thread by the
sister on the wrist of her brother. The elder brother in return offers a
gift to his sister and vows to look after her same while an elder sister
returns offers to her younger brother. Also Brother and Sister
traditionally feed each other sweets. This event is more about Brother
and Sister Love affection and commitment to care for each other a family
get-to-gather occasion. On this day, sisters pray for long life of their
brothers and ask God to bless them with his blessings. Brothers in turn,
give them best gifts and promise to care and help them life long.

The Rakhi event importance also reflects in Mahabharata epic, another
great saga pertaining to the legend of Rakhi is the evergreen story of
Lord Krishna and Draupadi. It is generally assumed that the original
ritual of Rakhi began with Draupadi and Krishna during the epic war.
This story is a reflection of the pure bond between a brother and
sister. The thread of Rakhi and the story of Krishna and Draupadi tell
us about the element of faith and emotional security amongst siblings.

According to the legend, Krishna loved Draupadi so much, that he called
her 'sakhi'. Draupadi too had a lot of faith on Krishna. She prayed to
him with utmost devotion. During the Greh Pravesh ceremony of
Indraprastha, Lord Krishna threw a celestial weapon at Shishupala, in
order to punish him for numerous sins. During the act of hurling the
Sudarshan Charka from his index finger, Krishna hurt himself. On seeing
blood drops, Draupadi immediately rushed to protect her Lord. She tore
off a piece from her sari and wrapped it around his finger, stopping the
bleeding.

Krishna was touched by her gesture of devotion and pure love.
He asked her what she would like in return of this favor. Draupadi, like
a true sister, just asked for the Lord's holy presence in her life
forever.

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From that moment onwards, Lord Krishna has been with Draupadi
like a shadow protecting her from every small and big trouble. When the
Kauravas tried to dishonor Draupadi through “Cheer Haran” (removing her
sari) in a hall of people, she prayed to Krishna continuously. The lord
took care of her honor and punished the sinners during the battle of
Mahabharata. This story holds a very special position in the Hindu
household owing to Mahabharata.


Source:AMIT GUPTA

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