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The story behind Rakshabandhan – why do we celebrate the brother-sister bond

Rakshabandhan is a festival of celebrating brother-sister relation. It is one of the main festivals celebrated by Hindus all over the world and the story behind this has connections with Lord Krishna and Mahabharata.

Lord Krishna is one of the avatars taken by Hindu God, Lord Vishnu

Lord Krishna once sliced his finger in the Mahabharata, and it began to bleed.

Draupadi observed this and immediately tied a piece of fabric from her saree on his finger to stop the bleeding.

The fabric subsequently evolved into a sacred thread.

Krishna made her a vow that he would guard her from any harm for the rest of his life, considering the cloth she tied a sacred thread. 

Krishna saved Draupadi’s dignity by giving her endless reams of cloth to keep her covered when the Kauravas sought to strip her of her clothing after hauling her to the court and manhandling her.

This is one of the many stories that are connected with this festival. A sister ties silk thread on brothers wrist and he vows to protect her from any harm for all his life. This makes it a very emotional festival.

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Rakshabandhan 2022 dates

Rakshabandhan is celebrated every year on poornima or full moon day in the month of Saavan. This year, Rakshabandhan falls on 11th August, 2022, that is on a Thursday.

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