5 Lesser Known Stories About Raksha Bandhan

Did you know that Indian mythology and history is peppered with some very fascinating stories regarding Raksha Bandhan? Take a look:

1. It Started With A Husband and Wife

However weird it might sound, this festival of sibling love started out between spouses. When Lord Indra was threatened by demons, his wife had tied a thread to protect him in the war against them. Over the years, this tradition became one between brothers and sisters.

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2. The Mahabharata Connect

Once when Lord Krishna had cut his finger while flying a kite, Drapaudi had come to his rescue and bandaged the wound with a piece of cloth torn from her duppata. He had in return promised to protect her which he later did, as we all know from the cheer haran story.

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3. Porus and Alexander

It is well known that Alexander attacked India and fought Porus to gain entry to the subcontinent. Legend states that Alexander’s wife had sent Porus a rakhi to proclaim him and brother and protect Alexander’s life in the great battle.

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4. Mughals and Rajputs

The Rani Karnavati of Chittor had sent a rakhi to the Mughal emperor Humayun, seeking his help when her kingdom was attacked by Bahadur Shah. Humayun rushed to her aid but unfortunately he arrived late, and the queen had performed jauhar and killed herself. Nevertheless, he kept his promise, defeated the Shah and gave the kingdom to her son.

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5. Of Communal Harmony

Rabindranath Tagore envisioned Rakshabandhan as a celebration of mankind and humanity. When the British Empire decided to divide Bengal on the basis of religion, Tagore urged Hindus and Muslims to tie rakhis and spread the feeling of brotherhood and unity.

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So go ahead and celebrate this Raksha Bandhan with your family adding your own story to this age old ritual. Happy Raksha Bandhan! Shop for a unique Rakhi that your brother can wear for life here.

Do you know other interesting Raksha Bandhan stories? Share with us in the comments below.

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