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Raksha Bandhan – thin threads strengthen the bond between brothers & sisters

Raksha Bandhan - thin threads strengthen the bond between brothers & sisters

Raksha Bandhan is a day to experience the childhood again, a day of sweets, a day to add sugar and spice in blessed bond with your sister, and a day to promise your sister to help her out in any event.

The festival falls during Shravan, the holiest month of Hindu calendar. It is the full moon day of bright fortnight (Shukla Paksh) of this month.

Raksha Bandhan has its traditional value in Indian culture and religion. Sisters have been praying for their brothers’ longevity and happiness and brothers reciprocate their love with the equal warmth.

Every Indian festival has some mythological significance. The celebrations have valid reasons. For Brahmins, the day is to take pledge of Brahmanik rites and for fishermen, who depend on sea and monsoon, it is the beginning of the new season.

Changes in weather have lot of important in Indian festivals, however a story is always ready to support the celebrations.

The legend of Bhavishya Puran tells us about a war between the Gods and the Demons. King Brutra, leader of demons, had an edge over the Gods, who were led by Indra. As they were on the brink of defeat, Indra sought help of Guru Brihaspati. Brihaspati asked Indra to tie a sacred thread on his wrist, powered by the sacred mantras on the Shravan Purnima. Indra’s Queen Sachi also called Indrani, empowered the thread and tied it on to his hand on the decided day. The power of the sacred thread called Raksha helped the Gods to victory.

According to another legend, demon King Bali was a devotee of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu had left his own abode and became a protector of Bali’s kingdom. Laxmi, wife of Lord Vishnu, wanted to have her husband back. She disguised herself as a Brahmin woman and sought shelter from Bali till her husband came back.

During the Shravan Purnima celebrations, Laxmi tied the sacred thread to Bali. When she was asked, she revealed the truth and reason for being there. The king was impressed by her kindness for his family and her purpose and requested the Lord to go with her. He sacrificed all he had for the Lord and his devoted wife.

Therefore, the festival is also called Baleva that is Bali’s devotion to Vishnu. It is said that since then it has been a tradition to invite sisters in Shravan Purnima for Raksha Bandhan.

Ganesha wishes you a Happy Raksha Bandhan.

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With Ganesha’s Grace,
Dharmeshh Joshi,