Staff Reporter, Kolkata : Raksha Bandhan exhibits the beautiful relationship shared between brothers and Sisters. A lifelong promise of protection is made on this special occasion.

The festival of Raksha Bandhan brings the entire family together. Sister ties a Rakhi on her brother’s Wrist and perform Arati praying for his all well being. Brother promises the protection of his sister throughout of her life but now-a days brother in return of tying Rakhi gives gifts to his sister to express love and affection.

According to legends, the origin of Raksha Bandhan can be traced out with Lord Srikrishna and the wife of Pandavas Draupadi.. For the protection of Dharma, Lord Krisna killed the Devil King Sishupal. Lord Krishna was hurt in the war left with bleeding finger .Draupadi had torn a strip of her saree and tied arround the injured finger to stop bleeding. Lord Krishna felt bounded by her sisterly love and compassion.

After many years , Pandavas lost their wife Draupadi in the game of Dice crookedly and the brother of Durjodhan , Dushashan had attempted to remove saree of Draupadi , Lord Krishna protected the dignity of Draupadi through his Divine Power.

King Bali was pious demon and Lord Vishnu became the gatekeeper of the King of Netherworld ( Rasatal /Patal) due to his immense devotion and took the responsibility to protect Bali’s Kingdom leaving out Baikunthadham, the resident of Lakshmi -Narayan. Goddess Laksmi was morose without Vishnu at Baikuntha. Thus , Lakshmi Devi went to the Kingdom of Bali in the guise of a Brahmin Lady and tied a Rakhi on the wrist of Bali.

Bali was moved and asked Lakshmi Devi to pray anything in the world. Lakshmi Devi said , ” Please free your gate keeper who is my husband .” Bali immediately, let lord Vishnu to return Baikutha with Lakshmi Devi considering her as his own sister. Such, tying of Rakhi was made on the full moon of Shrabana Purnima and ,at present the Rakhi festival is being celebrated on Shrabana Purnima.

Lord Ganesha had two wives Riddhi and Siddhi and two sons Shubha and Labh . Subha and Labh were unhappy as they had no sister to tie Rakhi on their wrists. Thereafter, as per advice of Narada, Lord Ganesha had a daughter born to his mind ( Manas- kanya) Devi Sontoshi who used to tie the rakhi on Shubha and Labh and made them happy.

There is a legend that Yamuna, the daughter of Sun -God tied Rakhi to Yama but in West Bengal, the ceremony of marking brothers’ foreheads ( Bhai Phonta) after Kali Puja is famous.

In History, Rani Karnvati of Chittor as the widowed queen had been attacked by Bahadur Shah, sultan of Gujrat. Rani Karnavati sent a Rakhi to the Mughal Emperor , Humaun addressing him as brother and prayed for her protection. Humayun, came with force but before his arrival , Rani Karnavati burned herself alive on funeral pyre to escape shame and insult. However, being overwhelmed by the gesture of Karnavati, Humayun, came to Chittor and had ousted Bahadur Shah from Chittor and restored the throne to the son of Karnavati considering her as his own sister.

Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore started a mass Raksha Bandhan during partition of Bengal in 2005 ( Banga Bhanga agitation). In the said mass Raksha Bandhan , Rabindranath encouraged Hindu and Muslim Women to tie Rakhi on men from other communities and make their brothers.

Raksha Bandhan / Rakhi is a festival which celebrates the bond of a brother and sister. Let us celebrate Rakhi to bring harmony and peace in our society.


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