Rakhi is one festival for the brothers and sisters at every house. Ee okka roju we stay without fighting with our siblings. Rakhi katti gifts teeskovadam is one tradition to keep alive the relation between the two. Kani asalu how did it all start? This started almost 6000 years ago during the Indus valley civilization. Here are a few stories associated with it.
Rani Karnawati and Emperor HumayunMedival period lo when rajputs were fighting off the muslims for their empire, Rani Karnawati the widowed queen of the king of Chittor realised that she could in no way defend the invasion of the Sultan of Gujarat, Bahadur Shah, she sent a rakhi to Emperor Humayun. The Emperor touched by the gesture started off with his troops without wasting any time.
Alexander The Great and King PuruThis is one of the oldest stories of this festival. Kind Puru tho war lo unapudu Alexander was really flustered. Upset by this, Alexander’s wife, who had heard of the Rakhi festival, approached King Puru. King Puru accepted her as his sister and when the opportunity came during the war, he refrained from Alexander.
Here are few interesting stories from mythology.
Lord Krishna and DraupathiThana prajalani kapadatam kosam Lord Krishna killed the evil King Shishupal. Krishna was hurt during the war and left with bleeding finger. Seeing this, Draupathi had torn a strip of cloth from her sari and tied around his wrist to stop the bleeding. Ee affection chusi he declared himself to be the loving brother of Draupadi. Many years later, he helped her from the wrath of pandavas.
King Bali and Goddess LakshmiThe demon king Mahabali was a great devotee of lord Vishnu. Because of his immense devotion, Vishnu has taken the task of protecting bali’s Kingdom leaving his normal place in Vikundam. Goddess lakshmi has became sad because of this as she wanted lord Vishnu along with her. So she went to Bali and discussed as a Brahmin woman and taken refuge in his palace. On Shravana purnima, she tied Rakhi on King Bali’s wrist. Goddess Lakshmi revealed who she is and why she is there. The king was touched by her and Lord Vishnu’s good will and affection towards him and his family, Bali requested Lord Vishnu to accompany her to vaikuntam. Due to this festival is also called Baleva as Bali Raja’s devotion to the Lord vishnu. It is said that since that day it has become a tradition to invite sisters on sravan pournima to tie sacred thread of Rakhi or Raksha bandan.