6 Unknown Facts about Raksha Bandhan You should tell your Kids

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1. Ancient Ritual was different from today’s

In the ancient times, it is believed that Lord Indra was threatened by the demons during the war between the Hindu Gods and the Asuras. Hearing the threat, Lord Indra’s wife tied a protective thread that she had received from Lord Vishnu for safeguarding Lord Indra’s life. This happened on the day of Shravan Purnima and since then, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated between brothers and sisters now, unlike a husband and a wife back then.

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2. Draupadi’s Raksha Bandhan with Lord Krishna

Mahabharata depicts an incident when Lord Krishna was once flying a kite and his finger was cut with the cane. It was then when Draupadi immediately tore a piece of cloth from her apparel and tied it on the cut. In return of this gesture, Lord Krishna promised Draupadi to protect her from evil. And the story of Cheer Haran is known to all.

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3. Alexander The Great, Porus King and Rakhi

When Alexander had invaded India, his wife had sent this sacred thread to Porus- the Katoch King. It is because of this rakhi that when Porus and Alexander were in the battlefield and Porus was about to kill Alexander that he withdrew from doing so; seeing the thread on his wrist.

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4. The celebration today

Now, the tradition has changed over the years but the festival is still celebrated with full fervor and zeal! Sisters buy beautiful rakhis and even make them for their brothers and families get together and enjoy the day joyously!

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5. Places where Rakhi is celebrated

Raksha Bandhan is not only celebrated in India but also in Nepal. And who knew that some parts of Pakistan too celebrate the day!

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6. The ritual today

When sisters tie rakhis on their brothers’ wrists, they promise to respect the bond and brothers also ensure that no matter what, they will always protect their sisters and love them. In return, sisters too respect and adore this beautiful bond.

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Share these facts with your kids and enjoy the day with absolute fun!

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