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STORIES THAT ARE BELIEVED TO BE THE ORIGIN OF RAKSHABANDHAN

By Gurpreet Kaur . 24th August 2018 01:00pm
STORIES THAT ARE BELIEVED TO BE THE ORIGIN OF RAKSHABANDHAN

This year entire nation would be celebrating Rakshabandhan on 26th August when every sister would tie a band of protection on her brother's wrist, and in return, the brother promises to protect his sister during all times. There are also a few myths which revolve around the festival of brother and sister. These are as follows. KRISHNA AND DRAUPADI This is one of the most popular stories regarding the festival. It is said that Krishna once cut his finger, and to stop the bleeding Draupadi tore off a part of her saree and tied it to the cut finger of Krishna. In return, Krishna promised Draupadi that he will always protect her during the troubled times. YAMA AND YAMUNA It is said that when Yamuna tied a rakhi on the hands of Yama- the Lord of Death, he granted immortality to her. He was touched by this warm gesture and said that any brother who ties a rakhi on his hand and promises to protect his sister, he will become immortal. RANI KARNAVATI AND EMPEROR HUMANYU After the death of Rana Sagar, his wife Rani Karnavati became the regent of Mewar. When Mewar was being attacked by Bahadur Shah, she sent a letter along with a rakhi to Humanyu seeking help. Humanyu could not reach on time but managed to get the kingdom back and hand it over to Karnavati's son Vikramjit. ROXANNA AND KING PORUS According to the tale, when Alexander The Great invaded India, his wife Roxanna had sent a letter and a sacred thread to King Porus pleading him not to harm her husband. Porus ket his promise did not kill Alexander when he got the opportunity. And this also made him lose the battle of  Hydaspes River. SANTOSHI MAA It is said that when Manasa visited Lord Ganesha for rakhi, Ganesh's sons Shubha and Lubha too began insisting to have a sister. Then Ganesh from the flames, that emerged from his consorts- Riddhi and Siddhi, created Santoshi Maa. GODDESS LAKSHMI AND KING ALI Goddess Lakshmi disguised herself as an old helpless woman and approached King Bali. King Bali let her inside his palace without any hesitation. This pleased the Goddess and brought lots of wealth and prosperity to the kingdom. In Shravana on a full moon night, Goddess Lakshmi tied a colourful cotton thread on Bali's wrist and when Bali asked what she desired, Lakshmi simply pointed towards the gatekeeper who was Vishnu in disguise. Since then, Vishnu stayed with Bali for four months of the year.