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Brothers and sisters know very well what's in each other's hearts. They share some of the best moments of life with one another. Their bonding is just precious and timeless.
Raksha Bandhan is a very ancient festival of Hindu. It is a very old festival more than six thousand years. In this festival sister tie, a talisman or an amulet called as rakhi around the wrists of their brothers. It’s a form of ritual. And in return, the brother promises to protect her. The Sanskrit meaning of Raksha Bandhan is the bond of protection, care, and obligation. And also sister receives a gift from her brother. It is a very popular Hindu festival and it is not only celebrated in India but many neighboring countries of India. Even if the brother is living abroad or far away from the home and couldn’t make it come on this day than sister used to send rakhi via post to their brother.
In Hindu lunar calendar month of Shraavana, the festival of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated. It is usually celebrated in the month of August. On this festival, it is observed that a large number of married Hindu women return back to their parent's house to celebrate this festival. And after the festival, they return back to their married house. Similarly, many brothers travel back to their sister's house for a celebration of this festival. They stay there for two to three days and then they return. And many male and female who does not have brother or sister also celebrate Rakhi with their brother who is not their brother by birth but form the relationship between them as sister and brother.
The first ritual of this festival was seen at the time of Mahabharata. The first rakhi tied to a brother by his sister was Draupati to Krishna. The story of this festival goes like this. Krishna’s Chachi was Shruti Devi. Shruti Devi had a son named Sheshupal. Sheshupal was very ugly. And his mother was depressed by the look of his son. The foreteller had predicted that who ever cure the disease of his son of that hand only the death of his son is written. And because of this reason, Devi Shruti was very much in stress.
One day Krishna came to her Kingdom. And he took Sheshupal in his hand and the ugly face of the kid is transformed into the beautiful face. And seeing that Queen Shruti came to know that the death of her son will occur and it is Shri Krishna who will kill his son in the future. She doesn’t understand what to do and was very stress and had not spoken a single word to Krishna. She just sits quietly. Seeing his Chachi in stress Shri Krishna came to her and asked her what happened? and why are you so much in stress?
Seeing Krishna she told her to promise her one thing. Shri Krishna agreed for the promise and then Devi Shruti told him that you will never hurt my son and always forgive him for whatever mistake he will do. You will never in any way harm my son for any mistake. Whatever the mistake my son will do whether big or small you will forgive him every time. After listening to Devi Shruti, Krishna said to her that he will forgive a hundred mistakes of his son and after he had forgiven 100 mistakes than he will have to face the consequences of his deeds. Till hundred mistake he will forgive him and will not do anything.
Years passed by and the little kid Sheshupal became the King of Chedi. He was a very cruel king and torture many people in his Kingdom without any reason. His cruelty was increasing day by day and no one was there to save the people of Chedi. Lord Krishna came to know about the cruelty of Sheshupal. But every time he keeps ignoring it. And does not take any action against him. Seeing this King Sheshupal’s cruelty increased. He used to disrespect Krishna in front of everyone in the palace and also insult him every time. But Krishna was silent and does not do anything.
And one day in the palace in front of everyone when Sheshupal had insulted Krishna and he keeps insulting him again and again. Shri Krishna forgives him hundred times and then with his Sudarshan Chakra with full power Shri Krishna throws it towards Sheshupal and cut his head from his body and killed him. While throwing Sudarshan chakra Krishna got hurt in his finger and blood was coming out. Everyone rush to find clothes to tie to the hands of Krishna till than Draupati tore a piece of clothes from her saree and tied to Krishna. And then Krishna told Draupadi that he will protect her in his difficult time which he did by giving extra clothes when the Kauravas were making her naked in front of everyone. Krishna saved her from that. In this way every sister from than tied a piece of thread to their brother for protecting her.
This is one story on how this festival came into existence. There are many different types of stories related to this festival. Like there is also a story of Santoshi Maa. In which the sons of Lord Ganesha got frustrated for not having any sister. Lord Ganesha had two sons named as Shubh and Labh. They started demanding their father for the sister. So he created Santoshi Maa on this day of Raksha Bandhan. The two brothers got there sister and in this way, Rakha Bandhan is celebrated. There are also many different stories related to this festival like Yama and Yamuna, King Bali and Goddess Laxmi, Indra Dev and Sachi.
India is the country of many religions and culture. In each religion, the festival has their unique importance. This festival was usually celebrated in Hinduism and mainly in the northwestern parts of India. This festival is also celebrated in neighboring countries of India like Nepal, Mauritius and also in Pakistan. This festival is also known as Rakhari or Rakhardi in Sikhism. There is a unique lovely relationship between brother and sister is observed and with great joy and happiness, they used to celebrate Raksha Bandhan. In Jainism, this festival is celebrated by the whole Jain community and priests give a ceremonial thread to the devotees.
The brother, vows to protect her sister in return and promises to care for her during happy and sad times in life.
But currently, Rakhsa Bandhan is celebrated to emphasize the love and affection that exist between a brother and a sister. The siblings wait for this day eagerly even in this busy modern world wherein people remain busy all the time in making a living for themselves. Festivals like Rakhi make us stop for a while to celebrate life.
Festivals play a significant role in our day to day lives. We worship different Gods and accordingly there are different festivals that we celebrate to mark the occasion. Festivals provide us with an opportunity to spend quality time with our family, friends and relatives. There are so many rituals attached to the festivals and this makes the entire concept of celebration of festivals even more colorful & exciting.
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