The Bond of love between sisters and brothers is celebrated on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan in India. On this day sister ties a thread around her brother’s wrist as a symbol of protection while the he promises to protect and take care of her. Raksha Bandhan falls on the day of the full moon. On this occasion all family members cherish the love of sisters and brothers. On this occasion brothers offer gifts to their sisters just to make her happy. Sisters show their love to brothers by tieing attractive piece of thread (Rakhi). It is also known as Rakhi Poornima or Rakhi
Raksha Bandhan – History
- There were different stories behind Raksha Bandhan occasion but the famous one is Rani Karnavati of Chittorgarh and Mughal King Humayun. Chittorgarh was once attacked by Bahadur Shah and it was not possible for widowed Rani Karnavati to save her empire from the mighty force of Bahadur Shah. She sent a rakhi to Humayun and pleaded to save her and the empire. Overcome by emotions, Humayun, along with his force, immediately rushed to Chittorgarh to protect the queen. Though he could not save Karnavati as she and all other womenfolk there had committed suicide before he could reach, Humayun fought against Bahadur Shah and saved Chittorgarh from his invasion. Later, he handed over the empire to Karnavati’s son Vikramjeet Singh.
- It is believed that once Lord Krishna cut his finger and was bleeding profusely. Seeing this, Draupadi tore a part of her sari and tied it around his finger. This is believed to be the reason why he saved her during hercheerharanby Kaurava.
- Rakhi saved Alexander The Great’s life. When he had invaded India, his wife Roxana had sent a rakhi to the Katoch King Porus and he had vowed to protect her and her husband. So, on the battlefield when he was about to kill Alexander he saw the rakhi and refrained from killing him.
Source – International business times, DNS