Raksha Bandhan: History, Significance, Preparations!

This Raksha Bandhan i decided to educate my daughter about the festival. Though we celebrate it every year I did not know Raksha Bandhan has so many stories in history.

 

Raksha Bandhan history & celebrations

Raksha Bandhan history & celebrations

 

I get to know about all of them while trying to gather more and more information for her.


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I thought why not compile all information at one place.So lets start by knowing what it is?

 

 

 WHAT DOES RAKSHA BANDHAN MEANS?

Raksha Bandhan is a Sanskrit term which means ‘the knot of protection’.

It means to ‘safeguard’ and Bandhan is ‘to tie’.

This is a Hindu festival that has been celebrated since ancient times.

It’s a festivity of unconditional love between sisters and brothers.

Raksha Bandhan festival was started almost 6000 years back during Indus valley civilization.

India is a country that celebrates diverse culture.

Here celebration varies in different parts of the country.

It all started with sisters fastening a thread around the wrist of their brothers.

In return the brothers promise to protect and love their sisters forever.

Relationships are the spirit of any festival which is clearly evident in Indian celebrations.

 

WHEN IT IS CELEBRATED?

The ‘Shravan’ month brings in shades of celebrations and the full moon night is considered the day of celebration. Normally it takes place in Aug – Sep.

Indian families usually start Rakhi preparations 15-20 days in advance.

Ladies go out for shopping and there are colors of joy everywhere. It’s a carnival and a tradition in our country.

This sacred festival originated in the mythological times and there are many stories related to Raksha Bandhan.

These stories are based on history and i found them from various sources for you so that you can tell your kids about them.

 

 

So LETS SEE WHAT ARE THESE STORIES AND HOW IT ALL STARTED:

1. Lord Krishna and Draupadi

In order to save good humans Lord Krishna killed the wicked king Sishupal.

Post war Lord Krishna’s finger was bleeding. Draupadi not able to bear the scene tore a lining of cloth from her saree.

She tied it around the Lord’s wrist. It is said that this was all out of the sisterly affections Draupudi had for Krishna.

Thus the Lord promised to safeguard Draupudi all her life.

After years Draupudi was lost by the Pandaavas in the dice game.

To defame her Kauravas attempted to disrobe her.  Krishna played a role here  and thus Kauravas were not successful in their attempt.

Raksha Bandhan history & celebrations

Raksha Bandhan history & celebrations

 

 

2. The Great Alexander and King Peru

This is probably the most ancient reference of Raksha Bandhan festival dated back in 300 BC.

Indian King Puru showed extreme rage when Alexander Great had come to invade India.

The Great was moved by the anger Puru showed. Meantime, King Alexander’s wife came to know about Rakhi festival.

She then tied a knot on King Purus wrist.

 

3. Goddess Lakshmi and King Mahabali

King of Demons, Mahabali was a passionate devotee of Lord Vishnu.

Lord Vishnu Impressed by his devotion and promised to protect Mahabali’s kingdom.

Vishnu left his own kingdom to stay in Mahabali’s place in order to fulfil his promise. Goddess Laskshmi, wife of the Lor Vishnu was set a back by all this.

Goddess Lakshmi approached Bali in the form of a Brahmin woman and showed her desire to stay at his place. On the occasion of Shravan Purnima, she tied a Rakhi on King Bali’s wrist.

After this, the day started knowing as Rakhi Purnima and even now Rakhsha Bandhan is celebrated on this day.

Raksha Bandhan history

Raksha Bandhan history

 

 

RAKSHA BANDHAN – Lets begin the festival preparations: 

On this day the families prepare delicious sweets and cook vegetarian dishes.

The ritual takes place in the morning after a fresh bath.

Sisters prepare the puja thali containing tilak, rice grains, roli, Rakhi threads, incense sticks, sweets and diyas.

Puja is offered to Lord Krishna and other deities. Then the sisters do an aarti of their dear brothers and tie RAKHI.

They put chandan/kumkum powder on the forehead and offer sweet dishes.

MANTRAS TO BE CHANTED

“Suraj shakhan chhodian, Mooli chhodia beej
Behen ne rakhi bandhi / Bhai tu chir jug jee”,

It means the sun is bright and radiates its light.

The radish spreads seeds and I tie this rakhi to you dear brother and pray for long life.

The next lines are:

“Yena baddho Balee raajaa daanavendro mahaabalah
tena twaam anubadhnaami rakshe maa chala maa chala”

These lines say I tie the Rakhi that Lakshmi tied to King Bali.

O Rakhi do not fail to guard your devotee.

The brothers love their sisters unconditionally, pamper, blesses them and fills them with attractive gifts.

The aura of Raksha Bandhan is same throughout India.

 

Rakhi is a vibrant culture in Bengal

I was in Bengal last year during Raksha Bandhan so let me share how it is celebrated over there. It is said that the great poet Rabindranath Tagore started the celebration in West Bengal.

He wanted to promote love, unity and tried to create a harmonious society.

This Mahotsav is celebrated well in ‘Shantiniketan’, Bolpur and throughout Bengal.

This tradition is well accepted and continues till today. Even now neighbors and friends tie the sacred thread to each other.

 

SO NOW YOU KNOW ABOUT IT,  WHAT’S NEXT NOW?

Rakhi, the thread which sister ties on brother’s hand has changed a lot with time. Now there is a huge variety of Rakhi available in the market. You get different types of rakhis, various colors and designs.

This festival is full of fun and calls for a family reunion.There is lot of love, warmth, delicious dishes, music, games and gifts.

There are moments to remember and cherish until next year.

Brothers and sisters who stay in distant land can send rakhi e-greetings, e-cards and can buy rakhis online.

Raksha Bandhan has its own significance.

It is a reason to celebrate love and bonding. Rejoice a day full of sentiments and emotions!!


 

** Editing this post as it is now a part of #themeblogging.
Adding links of other blogs from #festiveblogging.**

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52 thoughts on “Raksha Bandhan: History, Significance, Preparations!

  1. Prisha Lalwani

    Rakshabndhan is my favourite festival, but honestly, I did not know any of these stories!! Thanks a lot, it was fun reading these,

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  2. Sheri

    This is so interesting, i love learning about new cultures and this is very informative. Celebrating love is always a great thing to do.

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  3. Ana

    I love taking in new information about cultures. I find it very interesting… especially when it’s about love, honor, and respect.

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  4. Bushra Khan

    I remember in school – all of us used to try to tie Rakhi’s to our classmates -(read boys) and most of the strength never turned up because they didn’t want to be bro-zoned! good ol days! I love how nicely and simply you have explained Rakhsha Bandhan! It is a beautiful celebration of an eternal bond!

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  5. Zainab

    I never knew so m uh history behind the beautiful festival of Rakshabandhan! I do like this sibling bond sharing day though 🙂

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  6. Sabeeka Lambe

    This is brilliant.. And I didn’t know so much of it… I’ve always only been telling my children that it signifies the love and sibling bond.. This year they are going to know all of this too…

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  7. Hena Jose

    We used to celebrate it when in school. We used to get gifts from boys. That was a good part. I am sure most of the new kids won’t be knowing its significance. Good that you shared.

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  8. Rakhi Parsai

    I completely agree it’s important to teach our kids the mythology and reasons behind celebrating various festivals of India. Imparting this knowledge forms a strong foundation for kids. In fact I am sure many adults also are not aware of the stories behind Rakshabandhan. This is a very insightful post and I am sure gonna share these stories with my little one.

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  9. Jiya B

    Wow amazing Stories. I knew it but reading stories again and again gives you a feel good factor. I Love festivals of our culture they give you a strong bond and teach you to spend time with your family and loved ones.

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  10. Jess

    This is really interesting and It’s cool being able to learn about cultural tradition s different to my own so thank you for this piece. We refer to so ething similar to a headband but typically a piece of fabric work around the forehead as a bandana. As far as I knew there is no rich history in this but as I wonder if it actually shares a common origin to the word Bandhan. (Words and language interests me.)

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  11. Papri Ganguly

    So interesting post. I knew about the story of Load Krishna but didn’t know all such things thank you for sharing.

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  12. Jess

    thank you for this interesting and informative post. i knew nothing of any of this and it is wonderful to learn things about culture and traditions outside my own.

    it is has also taught me something about the word bandana which is more largely known in my culture and seems to stem from a similar place. It is genuinely fascinating. thanks again.

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  13. Vidhi

    Rakhi is a lovely festival. I wish it gains more importance now. In olden days, even enemies promised to protect the Queens of enemy kingdom. Strangers became brothers and protected women. Hope people learn the same now.

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  14. Deepa

    Great information right on time for the festival. I didn’t know so much about the festival especially the mantras. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Jasmeet

    I love Raksha Bandhan it’s one of my favourite festivals. But did not know the historic significance behind it m. Thanks for sharing

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  16. Afsha Galar

    This is definitely one of the most cherished festival I’m sure for all you siblings happy Rakhi by the way

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  17. Stacy

    I’ve learned a lot from this post. The meaning behind the holiday and festivities is so sweet. I would actually love to learn more on different cultures so i can teach my children.

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  18. Menaka Bharathi

    I had no idea of any of these stories, thanks for sharing Minakshi! They are quite interesting. The bond between a brother and sister is something that can never be explained. In south India we do not have Rakhi – however after coming here I have come to respect this festival a lot because of the underlying effect it has on the siblings

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  19. Yogeeta

    These are all untold stories to me. Thanks for this super helpful post. I was unaware about the culture & how it all started. Loved the Lord Krishna story alot. I knew about the disrobe thingy but rakhi thing was unknown thanks babe.

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