Raksha Bandhan : The Bond of Love

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In today’s time we celebrate the occassion of ‘Raksha Bandhan’ by brothers giving gifts to their lovely sisters. But there is much more to this day that you need to know.

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Raksha Bandhan day is celebrated as the day where a sister ties a thread “A rakhi” around the brother’s wrist as a symbol of protection while the he promises to protect and take care of her. It means ‘a bond of protection’ and the Raksha Bandhan signifies that the strong must protect the weak against all evil.

Why we celebrate it?

Well there are lot of answers to this question and every story is different in our Hindu mythology but the one which has been truly stand out and believed in our culture is from the ancient and epic time period of “The Mahabharata”. 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 her cheerharan by Kaurava.

This ritual not only strengthens the bond between brother and sister but it also makes the family more intimate. It highlights the need for a cordial social life, where every individual co-exist peacefully as brothers and sisters.

So girls, if you have someone in your life who always got your back and will do anything to protect you, show her how much you love them by expressing this Raksha Bandhan. 🙂

In the ancient Puranik scriptures, it is said that King Bali’s stronghold had been the Rakhi. Hence while tying the rakhi this couplet is usually recited:

Yena baddho Balee raajaa daanavendro mahaabalah
tena twaam anubadhnaami rakshe maa chala maa chala

“I am tying a Rakhi on you, like the one on mighty demon king Bali. Be firm, O Rakhi, do not falter.”

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