From the imprints of Indian Mythologies…..!

By: Cake_Mall

It is an ancient festival and has many myths and deep rooted historical significance. For example, the Rajput queens practised the custom of sending rakhi threads to neighboring rulers as token of brotherhood. The festival falls on the full moon day (Shravan Poornima) of the Shravan month of the Hindu lunisolar calendar. Looking back into the pages of ancient history, this occasion seems highly rich in cultural heritage. Raksha Bandhan originated about 6000 years back when Aryans created first civilization - The Indus Valley Civilization. With many languages and culture, the traditional method of celebration differs from place to place across India.
Known Historical evidences:
According to one mythological allusion, Rakhi was intended to be the worship of the sea-god Varuna. Hence, offerings of coconut to Varuna, customary ceremonial bathing and fairs at waterfronts are the prime elements in this festival.
There are also myths that describe the ritual as observed by Indrani and Yamuna for their respective brothers Indra and Yama.
The story of Rani Karnavati and Emperor Humayun is the most noteworthy evidence known in the history. When Rani Karnawati, the widowed queen of the king of Chittor realized that she could in no way defend the invasion of the Sultan of Gujarat, Bahadur Shah, she sent a rakhi to Emperor Humayun. The Emperor touched by the gesture, started off with his troops without wasting any time. Such was the significance of Rakhi during that period.
The oldest reference to the festival of Rakhi goes back to 300 B.C. at the time when Alexander, The Great, invaded India. It is said that the great conqueror was shaken by the fury of the Indian king Puru in his first attempt. Upset by this, Alexander's wife, who had heard of the Rakhi festival, approached King Puru. King Puru accepted her as his sister and when the opportunity came during the war, he refrained from Alexander.
In order to protect the good people, Lord Krishna killed the evil King Shishupal. Krishna was hurt during the war and left with bleeding finger. Seeing this, Draupathi had torn a strip of cloth from her sari and tied around his wrist to stop the bleeding. Lord Krishna, realizing her affections and concern about him, declared himself bounded by her sisterly love. He promised her to repay this debt whenever she need in future. Many years later, when the pandavas lost Draupathi in the game of dice and Kauravas were removing her sari, Krishna helped her divinely elongating the sari so that they could not remove it.
From all these historical witnesses, it is evident that the brothers are ought to be bound by sisterly love and the thread of love binds the relationship between them. One of the quotes which says,” I am tying a Rakhi on you, be firm, O Rakhi, do not falter."
As it highlights the essence of love and affection, Rakhi is one of the most loved festivals of ancient as well as modern India.

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