Five tales around the festival of Rakshabandhan


The Hush Post: Rakshabandhan is round the corner. It will be celebrated on August 26. It is celebrated for the bond between a brother and sister. Sisters tie rakhis on their brother’s wrist, and in return brothers pledge protecting their sisters. Know some popular myths associated with the festival.rakhi

Yama and Yamuna: A popular legend says that when Yamuna tied a rakhi on lord of death Yama’s wrist, he granted her immortality. He was moved by the gesture and announced any brother whose sister tied a knot of thread and the brother offered to protect his sister would become immortal.

Krishna and Draupadi: One of the most popular rakhi stories is that of Lord Krishna and Draupadi. When Krishna cuts his little finger, Draupadi is believed to have torn a part of her sari and ties it around Krishna’s finger. In return, Lord Krishna promised to protect her in times of distress.

Ruksanna and King Porus: A popular tale is that when Alexander invaded India, his wife Roxana sent Porus a sacred thread and requested him to not harm her husband on the battlefield. Porus honoured the request and when he confronted Alexander, he refused to kill him. Eventually, Porus lost the battle of the Hydaspes River.

Queen Karnavati and Humayun: Rani Karnavati was regent of Mewar after the death of her husband Rana Sanga. When Bahadur Shah attacked Mewar, Karnavati wrote to Emperor Humayun for help and sent a rakhi seeking protection. While the emperor didn’t manage to reach on time, he eventually restored the kingdom to Karnavati’s son Vikramjit.

Santoshi Maa: A popular tale says that Manasa, Lord Ganesha’s sister visited him to tie him a rakhi. Seeing this, his sons — Shubha and Labha began insisting on having a sister. Ganesha then created goddess Santoshi Maa from the divine flames that emerged from his consorts Riddhi and Siddhi.

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