Celebrating Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is another prestigious festival which was celebrated in India. As you India is known as a diverse country where all types of religious peoples lived and celebrated festivals according to their religion.
It is celebrated in the full moon of Shrawan month of August. Because of this festival which is also known as the Shrawan Purnima. The Festival of Rakhi is known as the bond of brothers and sisters.
Now let’s check history about that when it was first started.
Rakshabandhan or Rakhi is known as the traditional Hindu festival which was observed in India, Nepal, and other subcontinent countries.
ORIGIN OF RAKSHA BANDHAN
According to the Bhavisya Purana, the battles between Gods and Demons took place. In which Lord Indra is known as the deity of the sky, rains, thunderbolts which was fighting the battle.
On the full moon day, Laxmi ties a thread coloured of thread on Bali’s wrist and wish for his happiness then Bali asks her what she wants so that he fulfil his all desires and promises on the behalf of Laxmi reveals her real identity. Bali keeps his promises and returns the Vishnu.
Another story that is associated with this festival was.
KRISHNA AND DRAUPADI
Another famous Indian Mythology related to this festival was Lord Krishna and Draupadi. which is known as the wife of five Pandavas.On Makar Sankranti Krishna cut his little finger while handling the sugarcane then his queen Rukmani immediately sent the official to bring the bandages meanwhile Draupadi was watching the entire incident.
She cut of little bit piece of saree then tie the finger with it to stop the bleeding. In return, Krishna promised to helped out when she was called to for help. Krishna came and made her saree never-ending by saving her embarrassment by giving her protection when she needed it the most.
RANI KARANAVATI AND EMPEROR HUMAYUN
Another story that is related to this festival was Karanvati is known as the official of Mewar after the death of her husband Rana Sanga. Which she ruled in the name of eldest son Vikramjeet and Bahadur Shah of Gujrat attacks the Mewar for the second time earlier he had also defeated the Vikramjeet also. Then meanwhile queen looking for taking carer of her kingdom then she wrote letter to the Humayun and also sent rakhi and sought help.
ROXANA AND KING PORUS
Another legend story that is associated with this festival was Alexender the great who knowns for invaded India in 326 BC.
His wife which known as the Roxana sent a sacred thread to King Porus and said to him that not to harm her husband on the battlefield honoring the request which he refuses to kill the Alaxendar then Porus would lose the battle of the Hydases river.
Apart of there are some Mantras which are recited while tying the Rakhi on Brother’s wrist. Let’s check:- MANTRA येन बद्धो बलिराजा, दानवेन्द्रो महाबलः
तेनत्वाम प्रति बद्धनामि रक्षे, माचल-माचलः
Let’s Know more about that in Rakshabandhan how the government gave special schemes to the women. SPECIAL SCHEMES FOR WOMEN’S IN RAKSHABANDHAN
Since the Government celebrated Raksha Bandhan as women’s empowerment and protection.
- PM Modi gives one Lakh houses to Women:- On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan has given one Lakh houses to women under the flagship of under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Joyana (rural) scheme.
- Uttar Pradesh Government Announced free Transporation:- The Uttar Pradesh State Road Transporation Corporation(UPSRTC) announced free rides to all women categories during the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. In its is also included all AC buses also.
- Delhi Transport Corporation(DTC). Followed by UPSRTC DTC also announced to give free rides to all the women’s categories in normal and air-conditioned buses.
- Uttarakhand:- As followed by Uttar Pradesh, Delhi Transporation Uttarakhand Transporation also give free rides to the women announced by the Chief Minister Trivendar Singh Rawat.
- Haryana:- As followed by Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand Transporation Haryana transportation also decided to give the free rides to the ladies of all categories on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan for 36 hours but the facility is available only for ordinary state buses.
Now apart from these let’s discuss the Significance of RakshaBandhan on other states.
- Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa:- Rakhi Purnima is the time when the Monsoon starts retreating and sea calm down in this new fishing season began and the fishermen offer coconut to the sea as a thanksgiving to the Lord Varun.
- Pavitropana-Gujarat:- The peoples of Gujarat worship Lord Shiva on this day. As they believed that if anyone worships Lord Shiva on this day is removed all their sins. Well, Pavitroppan is made up of Pavittras of coconut and Kasa grass which is knotted together then is soaked in the mixture of five products that are obtained from a cow. These products are milk, ghee, curd, urine, and gobbar. Then this thread tied to the Shivaling.
- Jhulan Purnima-West Bengal and Odhisa:- This festival is celebrated known as the Romance between Radha and Krishna which is celebrated as week-long bu displaying beautifully decorated swings along with singing and dancing also.
- Avani Avittam- Southern Places:- On this day Brahmins changed their thread which is Known as the Janeju well the change of Janeju is symbolic of Prayaschitam. Even on this day scholars commerce the reading of Jayur Veda on this day.
- Kajari Purnima-Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, and Uttar Pradesh:- Well this festival is known as very important for farmers because this is known as the sowing season of wheat and barley begins. According to the tradition, it’s said that only women who have born the son performed the rituals of this festival. Meanwhile, they collect the soil in a cup which is made of leaves then is placed in the darkroom and goes to worshipped for seven days before being immersed in a pond or river and prayers also offers to the Goddess Bhagwati for well being of the family and good harvest.
CONCLUSION:- Rakhi is known as the celebration of the bond of love between brothers and sisters. To celebrate this festival with joy and happiness and forgive all your sorrows. I hope you like my today topic. I f you want to add your valuable comments than most welcome. THANK YOU!