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Raksha Bandhan: Legend, Tradition & History Behind Sisters Tying Rakhi to Brothers

Today, sisters across the country, especially the north, are celebrating Raksha Bandhan, which means tying for protection. The ancient Hindu tradition has tied brothers and sisters throughout the Hindu culture and is spanning world over now.

It is also emerging as the expression of bond and love between groups of people wishing for continuity of patronisation and protection in the modern world.

Legend goes that Indra, king of the gods, was tied a sacred thread around his wrist by his wife Sachi at Lord Vishnu’s advice, and he was able to regain Amaravati, the abode of the gods from a demon.

In another reference, Bali, a demon king but known for his philanthropy, requested Lord Vishnu to stay at his abode and this irked Vishnu’s wife Lakshmi who went and tied Rakhi and requested Bali to give back her husband as a gift.

In history, when Alexander invaded, King Porus could not kill him because he was wearing a rakhi around his wrist. In India, Babar’s son Humayun was sent a rakhi by the widowed queen of Chittorgarh that he rushed to help her out of the clutches of the ruler of Gujarat.

The Raksha Bandhan was popularised by Rabindranath Tagore as part of bringing unity among Indians to fight for the freedom struggle.

Now, the tradition has become so popular that many girls express their affection and love for brothers and those who they want to provide brotherly protection. So much so that many boys are afraid of girls who turn away their love by just tying rakhi on this day.

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