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What is a true Raksha Bandan?

August 09th, 2010 01.33 PM

The festival of Raksha bandhan has a tremendous social and cultural significance.Though it is the celebrations amongst the siblings, it is not necessary that the rakhi be given only to a blood brother, any male who can protect and support a women can be "adopted" as a brother.

We have seen in the past,women asking for protection,through rakhi, from men who were neither their brothers nor Hindus themselves.

Our ancient hindu culture has taught us every possible ways to follow the path of love and to surrender to the Almighty.

The relationship of a brother and sister is truly a special one.It is the duty of a brother to protect and support his sister till his life time.But in today's busy life does everyone have the time to do this?

Though the current press and media are filled with news of violence and harassment towards women, as a true citizen,everyone should think sensibly to overcome such type of actions in the society.Only then, the "Raksha bandhan" will have its true value!

Each and every male of our country should take oath on this day to protect and support women from all the problems and difficulties that they might ever face.Support doesn't mean financial it can also be moral.Only then, the "bandhan" will have its true value.

On this day, we should also remember of how the "Raksha bandhan" was celebrated in the past which has transformed into one of the important festival in our country.

"Goddess Lakshmi, wife of Lord Vishnu, went to King Mahabali, as a poor Brahmin lady, and requested him for shelter. She regarded King Mahabali as her brother and tied a Rakhi on to his wrist, on the 'Shravana Poornima'day."

"Draupati had torn a strip of silk off her sari and tied it around Lord Krishna's index finger to stop the flow of blood. Lord Krishna was so touched by her action that He found himself bound to her by love. He promised to repay the debt and did so during the vastra haran."

"Indrani, the wife of Lord Indra prepared a talisman with her religious power and tied it around Lord Indra's right wrist to safeguard Lord Indra from the attack made by the demons."

"On every "Shravana Poornima", Yamuna (sister of Lord Yama) used to tie a sacred thread to Lord Yama.Since then,it has become a tradition for sisters to tie Rakhi to their brothers on this day."

"The bravery of Porus led the Alexander's wife to doubt the safety of her husband. She sent Porus a rakhi and became his sister.Thats why Porus never harmed Alexander."

"When Chittor was threatened by Bahadur Shah of Mewar, the Maharani sent a Rakhi to Humayun, the Mughal Emperor of Delhi and called him for help. Humayun immediately accepted her request to protect her."

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