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Why is Raksha Bandhan celebrated?

Raksha Bandhan is an auspicious Hindu festival of siblings bond. On this day sisters tie a knot of “rakhi” on the wrist of their brothers and pray for their well being. On the other hand, brothers promise to protect their sisters from evil. This festival of Love is not only limited to siblings, but friends and the closed ones can also tie “rakhi” on each other’s hand and express the love for each other.

According to the Hindu lunar calendar, Raksha Bandhan is observed on the full moon day of Savan month which usually falls in August. It is an annual ceremony where siblings spend the whole day together and celebrate it with Indian sweets and with love.

There are various stories in Hindu Mythology as well as in history related to Raksha Bandhan. Here are two stories about the significance of Raksha Bandhan.

Story of Yama and Yamuna

The significance of Raksha Bandhan revolves around the God of Death “Yama” and “Yamuna” holy river that flows in India.

When “Yamuna” tied the knot of “rakhi’ on the wrist of “Yama”, he was so touched that he granted her immortality. Since then, it is declared that the sister who will tie rakhi on the hand of her brother, will make her brother immortal.

Story of Draupadi and Lord Krishna

As per Hindu mythology, in Mahabharata (Sanskrit epic of ancient India), Draupadi, the wife of Pandavas had torn the piece of her sari and tied that on the wrist of the Lord Krishna to prevent the bleeding from his hand. In return, Lord Krishna promised to protect her in every situation.

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