Rakshabandhan-The festival of brother and sister
How Raksha Bandhan festival started
Historical and mythological significance behind Raksha Bandhan Festival
The festival of Rakshabandhan symbolizes the sacred love of brother and sister. On this day, the sister ties rakhi with love to her brother and makes many wishes for him. The brother gives gift to his sister as much as possible. The memory of a childhood gone by starts dancing in front of the eyes of brothers and sisters. Indeed, the festival of Rakshabandhan reminds every brother of his duty towards his sister.
The festival of Rakshabandhan is a sign of unwavering love of brother and sister, which has been celebrated for years. This festival, which maintains the faith of siblings, is celebrated on the full moon day of Shravan month. Both brothers and sisters are eagerly waiting for this festival. Many brothers go to their sisters who are staying away to get Rakhi tied, while some sisters also come to tie Rakhi to their brothers. While tying the rakhi, the sisters wish for the brother's long life and healthy life, and the brothers give her gifts and vow to protect her.
But there is a different tradition in many places. In many places, daughters also tie rakhis their father or family elders, Brahmins and Gurus. The basic feeling behind tying rakhi is assurance of love and protection. The girls tie rakhi to their brother and father for this reason.
But there are many stories behind why it is celebrated.
** Goddess Lakshmi celebrated Rakshabandhan festival to get Vishnu **
After which Vishnu, taking a Brahmin form appeared in front of King Bali and asked for alms. In alms, the king promised to give him three steps of land. But then Shree Shukracharya , the Guru of Bali, recognized Vishnu holding the Brahmin form and cautioned Bali about it but the king did not turn away from his word and donated three steps of land. During this time, Vishnu measured the heaven in one step and the earth in the second step in the form of Vamana. Now it was the turn of the third step, but where should he put it? On seeing the third step of Vamana moving, the king got upset, he could not understand what to do now and then he went ahead and put his head at the feet of Vaman Dev and said that you may put the third step here. In this way the king's right to live in heaven and earth was taken away and he was forced to live in the abyss. It is said that when Bali went into the abyss, then with his effect of devotion, Bali took the promise of God being in front of him night and day and Lord Vishnu had to become his gatekeeper. Due to this, mother Lakshmi, who was the ardhangini(Wife) of Vishnu, got upset.
Then King Bali said, "I have nothing to give you."