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There is always a history behind the existence of something. In the same way, rakshabandhan also has many interesting and ancient past mentioned in various scriptures. As per the traditions, there are many amazing stories behind the notable celebration of rakshabandhan in the auspicious month sravana.

It is followed by rakhi thread on the wrist of brothers as a thread of love and protection. Let’s go through its interesting facts.

Indra Deva: It is said that lord Indra was insulted by the powerful king of demons namely Bali during the war between gods and demons. Thus, lord Indra’s wife Sachi consulted with lord Vishnu and got a sacred cotton thread by him. Sachi tied this thread on the wrist of Indra for his protection and success. Then, lord Indra defeated the demon and got over Amaravati. This story inspired the importance of holy thread.

Santoshi Ma: Lord Ganesha’s sister came on the day of rakshabandhan and tied rakhi on his wrist. On seeing this, Ganesha’s two sons namely shubh and labh asked him to get a sister for them as well so they can also get tied rakhi on their wrists. Then he created a daughter namely santoshi maa by the divine flames that emerged from Ganesha’s wives, riddhi and siddhi.

Krishna and Draupadi: In the epic Mahabharata, Kunti tied rakhi on the wrist of his grandson namely Abhimanyu as well as Draupadi tied rakhi to lord Krishna before the Great War.

Yama and the Yamuna: Yama, the god of death didn’t visit his sister namely Yamuna, the goddess of Yamuna river for almost 12 years. So she was sad and talked to Ganga, the goddess of Ganga River. Then Ganga reminded yama of his sister after which he went to meet Yamuna. Yama was extremely happy and asked her if she wanted any gift. On this, Yamuna asked him to visit soon to meet her. Yama was very happy to see the love of Yamuna and meet her again that turned Yamuna into immortal. This served as the basis of rakshabandhan like festival called bhai duj which is also dedicated to siblinghood. It is observed nearby diwali.

These are the few traditions related to the celebration of rakhi purnima. Every year in the month of august, this eve is notably celebrated to strengthen the bond and love between brothers and sisters by sending rakhi gifts to India.