Why do we celebrate Raksha Bandhan?
India is the land of culture and traditions. We celebrate many festivals in our country with friends and family. Raksha Bandhan is one such beautiful festival in India which is celebrated between brother and sister.
The bond that a brother and sister share with each other cannot be described in words. This relationship is the purest and the most extraordinary in the entire world and everywhere people give respect to this relationship. But when it is about India, the relationship is celebrated in a grand way on the auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan. This festival is very important in our country and celebrated in a nice way.
Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival which is celebrated mostly in countries like India and Nepal to symbolize the sacred love between a sister and a brother. According to the lunisolar calendar of Hindus, it is celebrated on the full moon day which mostly comes in the month of August.
Meaning of the word Raksha Bandhan
According to the Sanskrit culture, the word Raksha Bandhan means a strong knot of protection where Raksha means protection and Bandhan means to tie up. This is not only for blood relationship but any two people who consider themselves as brother and sister can celebrate it.
Origin of the festival
Before many centuries, the Raksha Bandhan was originated and there are many stories associated with it. Some of the important stories are:
- King Bali and Goddess Lakshmi
According to the Bhagavata Purana, Lord Vishnu won from Bali, the three worlds from Bali who was the king of demons. Bali asked Lord Vishnu to stay with him but Goddess Lakshmi wanted Lord Vishnu to come back to Baikuntha. She tied rakhi on the wrist of Bali and made him her brother and in return asked him to set Lord Vishnu free. Bali agreed to the request and allowed Lord Vishnu to go.
- Krishna and Draupadi
According to Mahabharat, Draupadi tied rakhi to Lord Krishna before the epic war of Mahabharat was about to start.
- Santoshi Maa
According to some sayings, one-day Shubh and Labh, the two sons of Lord Ganesha started getting frustrated that they had no sister. Lord Ganesha then created Santoshi Maa with the help of some divine flames and the two brothers got their sister to celebrate Raksha Bandhan.
- Indra Dev and Sachi
This story is described in Bhavishya Purana. Indra dev, God of rains and sky once had a battle against, Bali, demon. The battle went for many days and there was no end to it. To find a solution, Sachi, Indra’s wife tied the hold bracelet made of cotton on the wrist of her husband. After this, Indra Dev won the battle against the demons and saved Amaravati. In those days, this holy thread was tied on the knot of husbands by their wives for protection.
How to celebrate the festival
The Raksha Bandhan depicts a pure relation between brothers and sisters. On this day, sister ties a rakhi on the wrist of her brother and prays for his long life, health, and prosperity. In return, the brother offers some gifts and money to the sister and promises her to protect under any circumstances and situations. The festival is not only for biological brother sister but also other cousins and distant relationship people can celebrate it.