The Mythical Significance of Raksha Bandhan

RAKHI14705Raksha Bandhan celebration, which falls on the month of August every year, is one of the oldest Hindu festivals to be celebrated in India. Mythical stories and legendary tales surround this special festivity. Let us explore one or more of such historical stories.

According to mythical yore, once in the kingdom of heaven Lord Vishnu being highly pleased with the devotion of King Bali granted him the powerful boon for lifelong immortality and protection to his earthly kingdom. Leaving the abode of heaven, Lord Vishnu stayed with King Bali on earth in order to protect his kingdom. Therefore, on the pious day of Shravan, Goddess Laxmi came to Bali disguised as a poor lady and tied rakhi on the king’s wrist. After that She revealed her true identity and asked the King to relieve the Lord (as a gift from brother) and took Him back to Heaven.

Another interesting immortal tale is that once in the times of Mahabharat, while killing the wicked Shishupal, Krishna bled from His index finger. To stem this flow, Draupadi tore a piece of her garment and tied it on the Lord’s fingers, thus creating the tradition of tying a piece of thread on the brother’s wrist. This gesture earned Draupadi heavenly protection and love from her brother Lord Krishna during her terrible ordeal (cheer haran) in the court of Duryodhana.

Mankind holds the essence of this festival even today, Hindu sisters tie rakhi on their brother’s ‘kalaayi’, while brothers are bonded to protect their sisters and offer them gifts on the day of Raksha Bandhan.

Rakhi gifts 2015 are hi-tech and advanced compared to gifts given during the 90s or 80s decade. Most brothers opt for online shopping e-stores that guarantee timely delivery and discounted prices. From a hairpin to exquisite apparels, you get everything via online shops. If you desire to avoid the time and money spent on land based shopping for buying rakhi gifts 2015, it is best to search the internet to secure a good rakhi gift vendor and send rakhi gifts to your sister.

Elder sisters often separate from family after their marriage. Many live in far off lands with their husbands. UK, USA, Canada, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand are some popular foreign lands where you will find numerous Indians. But, with online stores, distance is not a problem anymore. For example if your sister lives in Singapore, then to send rakhi gifts to Singapore is just a matter of few clicks from your smart phone or laptop.

The growing popularity of this festival is evident from the large number of gifts hampers that are sent every year to all parts of the world on occasion of Raksha Bandhan. In India, the event of rakhi is celebrated everywhere. Even Muslim and Christian siblings believe in tying rakhi thread and buying gifts. To send rakhi gifts to Singapore or any corner of the world, you can visit authentic e-stores such as Rakhibazaar.com, a speciality rakhi gift store.

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