The festival Raksha Bandhan constitutes of two words, directly translating to “the tie or knot of protection.” It celebrates the eternal love between brothers and sisters but isn’t restricted to their bond alone. It is also observed among cousins, sisters in law, fraternal aunts and nephews. The festival is believed to have originated many centuries ago and there are several stories related to its origins. Some of the Hindu legends are accounted as follows.
Story of Raksha Bandhan:
According to the Bhagavata Purana, after Lord Vishnu won the three worlds from the demon King Bali, he was asked to reside next to the demon king and he obliged. However, the goddess Laxmi, the wife of Lord Vishnu, wanted his return to his native place Vaikuntha. So she tied a thread of protection around Bali’s wrist to promise he would never again be attacked by her husband. In return, Bali released Vishnu from his vow and then the couple together returned.
Another account says Lord Ganesha had two sons, namely Shubh and Labh, both of whom wanted a sister. They pleaded with their father who ultimately with the intervention of Narada, acquired a daughter from the divine flames and named her Santoshi on the holi day of Raksha Bandhan.
A third account says the god of death, Yama, did not visit his sister for 12 years, which made her very depressed. Ganga then advised Yama to visit his sister, who in great joy and among other hospitalities tied a thread on his wrist, asking him to visit her over and over. Yama gave the Yamuna a boon of immortality so he could oblige her request.
Thus, the festival of Raksha Bandhan is observed as a dutiful symbol between not just brothers and sisters but also any two people who may not be biologically related to each other. On this day, a sister typically ties a rakhi around the wrist of her brother in order to pray for his health and prosperity while also seeking protection in times of distress.
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Even if we will not be together on this Raksha Bandhan to share the thread of Rakhi but there’s always this invisible thread that will keep us connected irrespective of the geographical boundaries.
It may be that memories will fade with time but the love that brother and sister share will never fade away, rather it will multiply over the years. Happy Raksha Bandhan to my dearest brother!!
We gain and lose things every day. But trust me on one thing. You’ll never lose me. I will always be here. Happy Raksha Bandhan!
We laugh and cry, we play and fight. We shared moments of happiness and sorrows, which made our bond stronger. Happy Raksha Bandhan to you Sister.
I have always confided in you and you have always given me the freedom to do so many amazing things in my life. Happy Raksha Bandhan Bhaiya!
You mean more to me than any words can express. The countless memories I have with you are something I always cherish and appreciate. I don’t know what I would do without you! Happy Raksha Bandhan.
On the occasion of Rakhi, I want to send my love and best wishes to you. You have always been my best friend! Happy Raksha Bandhan!
I would be by your side for all your birthday.
May you have many more years of life…
And be very happy always…
Happy Raksha Bandhan, brother.
The pious occasion of Raksha Bandhan
Reminds me of the days when we were kids.
We fought and made up easily.
Those lovely days can’t come back
But will always stay in my heart.
Missing you darling brother on this Raksha Bandhan
This is for the most wonderful sisters of this world,
Thank u Sister for always being there on my side and
For helping me in those infinite ways
Which I cannot even remember…
**Happy Raksha Bandhan Sis**
Sister is someone who is caring and sharing. Sister can understand things you never said. She can understand pain which is not visible to anyone. I love u sister. HAPPY RAKSHA BANDHAN sweet Sis!
HAPPY RAKSHA BANDHAN! God will give you long-long life… Always be happy… Enjoy every part of your life.
Rakhi ka tyohar bahut bahut mubarakho… Hamesha haste rehana or mujhe miss bhi karna…
Am very glad to be ur sister… Our relationship will be everlasting… Am very happy to be ur part of the family… Lots of Love Ur Sweet Sis…