Happy Raksha Bandhan 2020

Check out the history and significance of Raksha Bandhan. Read about the stories of Alexandra’s wife & King Puru, Goddess Lakshmi & King Bali, and more stories associated with Raksha Bandhan festival.

Raksha Bandhan is on 3rd August and it is time to celebrate all-time favourite day of brother & sister love. Team bankersadda wishes you all a very happy Raksha Bandhan 2020. This special day is meant to be celebrated among siblings to share their love and bond by tying a special knot, eating sweets, and exchanging gifts. In different paces, the Rakhi is celebrated in a different way and given different names too. Due to the pandemic situation over the nation, this year Rakhi would not be celebrated like before but still, people can celebrate it by sending Rakhis to your long-distanced brothers and preparing good food items at your home.  

Lets us go through the history behind Raksha Bandhan and what is the significance of this day in this article.

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Significance of Raksha Bandhan:

In India, celebrating festivals means gathering of families and enjoy together. Raksha Bandhan is one such festival which celebrates the sacred bond of brothers and sisters. On this day, siblings pray for each other’s wellness and happiness. The name itself depicts the meaning of the day, which means “bond of protection”, the brothers make a promise to their sisters for protecting them from all troubles and harm whereas, in return, sister prays for her brother to stay away from every evil. This festival comes in the month of August on the auspicious day of Sharavan Purnima. Tying a Rakhi on the wrist of a brother’s hand signifies a peaceful relationship among them, which just not only bound to be for blood relations, even neighbours, close friends could be tied with a Rakhi and brother-sister relationship.   

History of Raksha Bandhan

Rakhi is the most ancient and traditional festival in India. Raksha Bandhan came into existence around 6000 years ago during the first civilisation of Aryans. Rakhi is not only meant for blood relations, a woman can tie a Rakhi to any male calling him brother. There are many historical shreds of evidence of Rakhi in Indian history, a few important and most known of them are depicted below: 

The story of Rani Karnawati & Emperor Humayun: 

During medieval India, when Rajputs were battling with Muslim invasions, Rani Karnawati who was the widow of Chittor king does not find any way to defend the Sultan of Gujarat, Bahadur Shah. Therefore, she sent a Rakhi to the Emperor Humayun, when he saw the knot, he was touched by the gesture and without wasting time, he left with his troops to protect Rani Karnawati. At that time, the Rakhi had a great importance in the protection of sisters and spiritual binding which later on got famous with their bonding. 

Story of Draupadi & Lord Krishna:

Everyone had heard that Lord Krishna saved the respect of Draupadi by divinely elongating her sari when Pandavas lost the game of dice and Kauravas were removing her sari. This happened as Lord Krishna had bounded himself by Draupadi’s sisterly love when once she tore a piece of her sari to tie on the Lord Krishna’s bleeding hand. This proved that Rakhi festival was never meant just for blood relations, it just needs a pure gesture to celebrate this festival. 

Story of Alexandra’s wife & King Puru

In 300 BC, when king Alexander was shaken by the fury of Indian king Puru, his wife was very upset with this attack. She had heard about the festival of Rakhi and its significance, which made her think to end up the war with love and peace. She approached King Puru Singh with a Rakhi, and he accepted it. During the war when he got the opportunity he refrained from Alexander and kept his promise to his sister.  

Story of Goddess Lakshmi & King Bali:  

The tradition of inviting sisters on Sravan Purnima for tieing Rakhi to their brothers came to existence when Goddess Lakshmi tied Rakhi on the wrist on King Bali as she wanted to take Lord Vishnu along with him who was on a task to protect King Bali’s kingdom due to his devotion and prayers. After the king was touched by the gesture of Goddess Lakshmi’s attempt, he requested Lord Vishnu to go along with Goddess Lakshmi to Vaikuntam. 

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