Best Stories Behind Raksha Bandhan
Raksha Bandhan is primarily celebrated in India and major parts of Nepal. It is also celebrated by Hindus in many parts of the world.
The scriptures, epics of Hinduism is peppered with stories of Rakhi and Raksha Bandhan. Some of this include:
Yama & Yamuna
Goddess Yamuna was the sister of Lord YamaYama
Also known as Yamaraja, Yama is the controller of the hell (Naraka)...
, the God of death. On every “Shravan Purnima”, Yamuna used to tie a holy thread Rakhi to Lord Yama. Since then, it has become a culture or tradition for sisters to tie Rakhi to their brothers on this holy day. In return, the brothers present blessings on their sisters and promise to protect them all the problems and difficulties that they might ever face.
The Great Alexander & King Puru
This is the oldest story behind Rakhi around 300 BC back. During his first attempt to conquer India, King Alexander was shaken by the mighty King Puru. Seeing this, the wife of Alexander was disturbed and she approached King Puru during Rakhi. King Puru accepted her as his sister and stop from attacking Alexander when he got the opportunity.
Rani Karnavati and Emperor Humayun
Another old story of Rakhi goes back to the outdated times when Rajputs were fighting with the Muslims. Rakhi was a very important festival then and it shows the bonding relation of protecting sisters. When Rani Karnavati realized that in the way could she defend herself from the invasion of Bahadur Shah, she sent a rakhi to Humayun. The Emperor was so happy with the signal that he taking his battalion away from her kingdom.
King Bali & Goddess Lakshmi