Raksha Bandhan: History & Significance

Rajasree Roy

Raksha Bandhan’s ritual celebrates the purity and holiness of the bond that exists between siblings. Raksha implies wellbeing and Bandhan implies bond. This celebration is commended between siblings for their undying help and a promise of insurance of one another under any critical situation. This year, Raksha Bandhan will be praised on 22nd August which falls on Sunday. Raksha means ‘safety’ and Bandhan means ‘bond’. That’s why this ritual is called Raksha Bandhan. This celebration is known for joy, the trade of gifts, and desserts. Like any remaining celebrations, even Raksha Bandhan has profoundly customary and social importance.

As per Hindu folklore, during the hour of Mahabharat, Lord Krishna had coincidentally cut his finger on his Sudarshan chakra. Princess Draupadi tore a piece of fabric from her saree and attached it around his figure to forestall the spilling over of blood. Master Krishna was overwhelmed with this nice thought and thought about that as a consecrated string. From that day, he pledged to secure Draupadi at any expense. 

In Mahabharat when the Kauravas attempted to disgrace and disparage her, remembering his promise, Lord Krishna showed up and shielded her from the shame and embarrassment while no one there helped her.
In another account of Hindu Myth, there is another story. As indicated by the old legend of Bhavishya Purana, once there was a wild fight among Gods and evil presences. Master Indra-the guideline god of the sky, downpours, and thunderclaps who was facing the conflict in favor of Gods was having an extreme opposition from the incredible evil presence of King, Bali. The conflict proceeded for quite a while and didn’t come to a conclusive end. Seeing this current, Indra’s better half Sachi went to Lord Vishnu who gave her a heavenly armband comprised of cotton string. Sachi tied the heavenly string around the wrist of her better half, Lord Indra who eventually crushed the devils and recuperated the Amaravati.

Raksha Bandhan is usually commenced in the month of Shravan during a full moon day. It is called Purnima in Hindu culture and the Hindu Panchang (calendar). 

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