The Origin of Raksha Bandhan is really difficult to trace. In Indian history and in Hindu mythology there are various stories and incidents associated with the origin of Raksha Bandhan. Raksha Bandhan is one of the important festivals of India and the day is of great importance in the life of every Indian. The festival signifies the deep bond and love between sister and brother. Although the exact origin of Raksha Bandhan is not clear here are some of the stories related to the origin of Raksha Bandhan.
The Legend of Goddess Laxmi and King Bali
According to Hindu mythology it is said that Lord Vishnu left his abode to protect King Bali's Kingdom from the demon. But Goddess Laxmi wanted to be with her husband and went to King Bali in a disguise of a Brahman women and asked for shelter. During the celebration of Shravan Purnima she tied Rakhi on the wrist of King Bali and revealed him the truth. The King touched by this act promised Goddess Laxmi that he will help her whenever she wants.
Indian History states that the Rajputh Queens use to send Rakhi to Mughal Kings during war and in turn they promised their sisters to protect them.
Yama and Yamuna
Anothery story states that Yamuna tied rakhi to Yama (Lord of Death). Yama was so touched by this act that he declared whoever gets his hand tied with Rakhi and promise his sister to protect her would be bestowed with immortality.
There are numerous other stories related to the origin of Raksha Bandhan but whatever be the story the day has become a symbol for the love of brother and sister. Tying Rakhi on brother's wrist and praying for brother's safety is what sisters do on Raksha Bandhan and in turn brothers give gifts to their sisters and promise to protect them. The festival of Raksha Bandhan means "bond of protection" and the day is a blessing on both brother and sister. Want to know more about Raksha Bandhan read the pages of sendrakhi.com.