One of the most interesting legends regarding the importance of Raksha Bandhan is that of Goddess Lakshmi and King Bali. We are all aware that Rakhi celebrations are really sacred and pious. On this day, sisters tie Rakhis to their brothers for his protection and safeguard, She also pray for his good luck and good health. In return, brothers too pray the same for their sisters. As a whole, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated all over the country with great gusto. So, let us together find out about the legend of Goddess Lakshmi and King Bali.
King Bali was a great worshipper of Lord Vishnu and so he had urged the God to come down and protect his kingdom. For this task, God had to leave his wife Goddess Lakshmi behind at his heavenly abode. He took the task of safeguarding the kingdom of Bali Raja. Seeing this, Goddess Lakshmi was very upset as she had to spent time without her lord and husband Lord Vishnu. Hence, she decided on a plan. She came to the kingdom of King Bali in the guise of a poor Brahmin and asked for refuge until her husband returned.
While Goddess Lakshmi was living there, once the Shravana Purnima came. On this day, ties the sacred band of love on King Bali’s wrist and revealed her true identity. She requested the King to leave her husband Lord Vishnu. King Bali was touched by her concern for her husband and her family and happily asked the God to leave. Probably, for this reason the festival is sometimes also known as ‘Baleva’ representing King Bali’s love and devotion for his sister Goddess Lakshmi and her husband Lord Vishnu.
Since this event, sisters are invited on the day of full moon to a brother’s place for the celebration of Raksha Bandhan. sendrakhi.com provides you with the tale of Goddess Lakshmi and king Bali. Keep leafing through the pages of the website for further information.
Thus the festival is also called Baleva that is Bali Raja's devotion to the Lord. It is said that since then it has been a tradition to invite sisters in Shravan Purnima for the thread tying ceremony or the Raksha Bandhan.