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Happy Raksha-Bandhan...24th August...2010

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Origin of Rakhi

The origin of the festival is mostly attributed that of Draupadi and Krishna during the Rajsuya Yaga. According to the legend, after Shishupal's death, Krishna was left with a bleeding finger. Draupadi, the wife of Pandavas comes forward, tears a strip of silk sari and ties it around Krishna's wrist to staunch the flow of blood. Touched by her concern, Krishna declares himself bound to her by her brotherly love. He promises to repay the debt manifold at an appropriate time (Needless to say, Lord Krishna has helped Pandavas during various phases all through the Mahabarath, particularly in the Kurukshetra episode). After a lapse of several years when Draupudi was about to be shamed by being disrobed in front of the whole court by her evil brother in law Duryodhana, she prayed Lord Krishna to help her and did by divinely elongating her sari so that it could not be remove.

According to another legend the Demon King Bali was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu had taken up the task to guard his kingdom leaving his own abode in Vaikunta. Goddess Lakshmi wished to be with her lord back in her abode. She went to Bali disguised as a Brahmin woman to seek refuge till her husband came back. During the Sravana Poornima celebrations, Lakshmi ties the sacred thread to the King. Upon being asked she revealed who she was and why she was there. The king was touched by her goodwill for his family and her purpose and requested the Lord to accompany her. He sacrificed all he had for the Lord and his devoted wife. Thus the festival is also called Baleva that is Bali Raja's devotion to the Lord.
Historically speaking, Yamuna, the sister of Lord Yama (the God of Death) ties Rakhi to her brother Lord Yama. Touched with her love, Lord Yama bestowed immortality to her and declares that who so ever ties the Rakhi thread to their brother will be blessed.

While Raksha Bandhan is celebrated all over the country, different parts of the country mark the day in different ways. These celebrations happen to fall on the same day, and may not have anything to do with Raksha Bandhan itself or Rakhi. Perhaps the single most important way of celebrating Raksha Bandhan is by tying the rakhi. A sister ties a rakhi to the wrist of her brother. The tying of a rakhi signifies her asking of her brother for his protection and love for the sister. The brother in turn, accepts the rakhi, confirms his love and affection for his sister and shows this with gifts and money. It is a family event where all members of family, dressed in finery, gather and celebrate. The tying of rakhi is followed by a family feast.

To whom can Rakhi be tied?

It is not necessary that the rakhi can be given only to a brother by birth; any male can be "adopted" or considered as a brother by tying a rakhi to the person. Hence Rakhi can be tied to brothers by blood, to cousins or to a good friend. Indian history is replete with women asking for protection, through rakhi, from men who were neither their brothers, nor Hindus themselves. Rani Karnavati of Chittor has sent a rakhi to the Mughal Emperor Humayun when she was threatened by Bahadur Shah of Mewar. Humayun abandoned an ongoing military campaign to ride to her rescue.

"Behna ne bhaai ki kalaai se pyaar baandha hai
pyaar ke do taar se, sansaar baandha hai
resham ki dori se -2
resham ki dori se sansaar baandha hai) -2."

  • "Mere Bhaiya Mere Chanda
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    Tere Badle Main Zamaane Ki
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    Posted: 22 August 2010 at 12:09pm | IP Logged
    Wow..... didnt know anything about Raksha bandhan.....
    Happy raksha bhandan to allSmile

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    happy rakshabandhan to all.............................. Hug

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    Posted: 22 August 2010 at 12:14pm | IP Logged
    Happy Rakhi (not Sawant) to all...

    1 childhood memory:
    I don't have any real brothers but my cousin brothers would travel a distance of more than an hr to celebrate this festival with me and my fav song used to be:
    bhaiya mere raakhi k bandhan ko nibhana
    bhaiya mere choti behen ko na bhulana

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    Posted: 22 August 2010 at 12:24pm | IP Logged
    Hey, do you think they will mention raksha bandhan in Pratigya because they actually have "Krishna" in it?!

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    Posted: 22 August 2010 at 1:19pm | IP Logged
    I, who have no sisters or brothers, look with some degree of innocent envy on those who may be said to be born to friends.
    James Boswell

    Edited by tanthya - 22 August 2010 at 1:20pm

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    Posted: 22 August 2010 at 1:56pm | IP Logged
    Nice to know hoe raksha bandhan originated.Smile
    Happy Raksha bandhan day to all.




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    Posted: 22 August 2010 at 1:56pm | IP Logged
    happy rakhsa bandhan to all (thou i m not a hindu LOL )

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