Why do we celebrate Raksha Bandhan
Raksha Bandhan celebration is the symbol of bond of love and affection between brother and sister. The bonding between a brother and a sister is unique and cannot be described in words. The relationship between siblings is extraordinary and is given importance in every part of the world. Well, when it comes to India , the relationship becomes more important as there is Raksha bandhan celebration, dedicated for the love of siblings. This is a special Hindu festival, celebrated in India and countries like Nepal to symbolize the love between a brother and a sister.
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Meaning of Raksha Bandhan Celebration:
The festival name is made up of two words , namely “Raksha” and “Bandhan”. As per the Sanskrit terminology, the occasion means “the tie or knot of protection” where Raksha stands for the protection and Bandhan signifies the word to tie. While combining together, the festival symbolizes the eternal love of brother and sister relationship, which does not merely mean the blood relationship. Raksha Bandhan is also celebrated among cousins also.
Origin of Raksha Bandhan Celebration:
The festival of Raksha Bandhan is known to have originated centuries before and there are several stories related to the celebration of this special festival. Some of the various accounts related to Hindu mythology are described below:
Indra Dev and Sachi – As per the ancient legend of Bhavishya Purana, once there was a fight between Gods and Demons. Lord Indra – the principle deity of sky, rains and thunderbolt, who was fighting the battle on the side of Gods was having a tough resistance from the powerful demon king, Bali. The battle continued for a long time and did not come to an decisive end. Watching this, Indra’s wife Sachi went to the lord Vishnu, who gave her a holy bracelet made up of cotton thread. Sachi tied the holy thread around the wrist of her husband, Lord Indra, who ultimately defeated the demons and recovered the Amaravati. The earlier account of the festival described these holy threads to be amulets which were tied to their husbands when they were leaving for a a war.
Santoshi Maa – It is said that the two sons of Lord Ganesha namely, Shubh and Labh were frustrated that they had no sister. They asked for a sister to their father, who finally obliged to their sister on the intervention of saint Narada. This is how Lord Ganesha created Santoshi Maa through the divine flames and the two sons of Lord Ganesha got their sister for the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.
Reason for the celebration of Raksha Bandhan :
The festival of Raksha Bandhan is observed as a symbol of love between brother and sister. The occasion is meant to celebrate any type of brother – sister relationship between men and women who may not be biologically related.
On the occasion of this festival, a sister ties a Rakhi around the wrist of her brother, in order to pray for his prosperity, health and well – being. The brother, in return offers a gift and promises to protect his sister from any harm under any circumstance.