Find out how the Rakhi Bandhan festival started on the auspicious occasion of Rakhipurnima

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Banglahant Desk: Rakhibandhan or Rakhipurnima is a sacred festival in India. This Rakhi Bandhan Utsav is a festival of friendship between brothers and sisters. Hindus, Jains and Sikhs of different religions celebrate this festival. Sisters tie a sacred thread called Rakhi in the hand of their brother or grandfather to wish them well. This rakhi is a symbol of affection and love between them.

By following this rule, brothers and sisters take an oath to protect their sisters for life. However, there is a history behind the beginning of this Rakhi bond, which is unknown to many. Today we will know various unknown information about Rakhi Bandhan i.e. Raksha Bandhan.

Rakhibandhan festival is celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Sravan. There are various opinions about the beginning of this Rakhibandhan festival. Some say that Rani Karnavati, the widow of Chittor, sent a rakhi asking for help from the Mughal emperor Humayun. Since then the festival has grown in popularity.

According to many, in the Mahabharata, when an incident took place in Krishna's wrist and he started bleeding, Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas, tore the hem of his sari and tied it to Krishna's hand. Although Draupadi is not related to Krishna after this incident, he declares Draupadi as his sister and protects her during his undressing.

It is heard that on the day of Rakhibandhan, Ganesha's sister tied a rakhi in Ganesha's hand. In this, Ganesha's two sons are happy and jealous of profit. Since they have no sister, they take a sister's deposit from their father. Ganesha then gave birth to the goddess Santoshi from the divine fire to satisfy his two sons.

Although there are various arguments behind the Rakhi bond, the Bengalis have another irrefutable argument. In 1905, religious intolerance reached its peak in the country. At that time Rabindranath Tagore celebrated Rakhi Bandhan Utsav to prevent the partition of Bengal. He invited thousands of Hindu and Muslim brothers and sisters from Calcutta, Dhaka and Sylhet. At the same time, Rakhi Bandhan festival was celebrated by wearing Rakhi in the hands of all as a symbol of unity.

Although Nana Muni has different views, Rakhi Bandhan Utsav is being celebrated today in terms of expressing the sweet relationship between brothers and sisters. And by this relationship the brother promises to protect his sister for life.

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