What’s the History of Raksha Bandhan Festival?

India is the country of diverse religion and festivals. Every festival has an interesting history begin its origin. Thus, the festival of Rakha Bandhan also has an interesting story behind its existence. As per various scriptures in India, there are many anecdotes behind the celebration of pious festival.

This festival is celebrated on the 'Shravan Purnima' i.e Full Moon Day in the Hindu calender of Shravan month which generally falls in the month of August. This day is marked by tying rakhi threads on the wrist of brothers as a chaste bond of love and protection. Read the various interesting myths below:

Indra Deva

It is believed that Lord Indra dev was insulted by the powerful demon king known as Bali during the war between Gods and Demons. Thus, Lord Indra’s wife Sachi went to Lord Vishnu and she got a sacred cotton thread. Sachi tied this cotton thread in the wrist of Indra for his wellbeing and success. Then, Lord Indra defeated the demon. This story inspires the importance of sacred thread in Hindu religion.

Krishna and Draupadi

In the great epic of Mahabharata, it is mentioned somewhere that Kunti tied rakhi in the wrist of his great grandson Abhimanyu and Draupadi (the wife of Pandavas) tied rakhi to Lord Krishna.

Santoshi Ma

Lord Ganesha’s sister visited him on the day of Raksha Bandhan and tied rakhi on his wrist. On seeing this, Ganesha’s two sons named Shubh and Labh asked him to get a sister for them. So they can also get tied beautiful rakhi on their wrists. Then Lord Ganesha created a daughter named Santoshi Maa using his divine power.

There are a lot of tales behind the origin of rakhi festival in Indian tradition. Every year in the August month, this festival is enthusiastically celebrated by Indian spread across the world. This festival helps to strengthen the bond of care & love between brothers and sisters by exchanging rakhi gifts hampers.