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3 Facts About Raksha Bandhan

3 Facts About Raksha Bandhan

1. Did you know that 'Rakhi' saved Alexander the Great's life? When he invaded India, he was shaken by the fury of the Paurava king, Porus. Alexander's wife sent a sacred thread to Porus, asking for her husband's protection During battle, when Porus was about to deliver a final blow to Alexander. He saw the rakhi on his wrist and refrained from hitting him personally. But of course, this is one legendary narrative.

2. Raksha bandhan wasn't always limited to brother sister relationships. It could be tied by the wife, the daughter or even the mother. According to the scriptures, when Indra Dev was disgraced by the demon king, his wife consulted Lord Vishnu and received a holy thread from him. She tied the holy thread around Indra's wrist resulting in his victory. The holy thread has long been a symbol of protection and harmony.

3 Rabindranath Tagore had his unique approach to Rakhi. In 1905, the British divided Bengal on the basis of religion. Tagore used the festival to inspire love and mutual protection. Rakhi Mahotsav became a symbol of united Bengal Ultimately, the unification of Bengal was opposed by the muslims. And thus, modern day Bangladesh and West Bengal were born. The tradition still continues in some parts as neighbours tie rakhi to each other.