Thursday, 27 July 2017

The legend Associated with Rakhi Festival

No one knows as to when when Rakhi festival started. But in the Puranas it is found that when the war broke out between gods and demons, the demon started becoming dominant. Lord Indra trembled and went to Guru Brihaspati . Indra's wife Indrani was sitting there listening to all. She tied the silk thread on the hands of her husband with the power of the mantras. Incidentally, it was the day of Shravan Purnima. People believe that Indra was victorious by this mantra power of this thread in this battle. From that day, on the day of Shravan Purnima, this ritual is being practised. This thread is considered completely capable of giving wealth, power, happiness and victory.

In the story called Vamnavatar in Skandha Purana, Padmapurana and Shrimad Bhagavat, there is a context of protection. The story is as follows: When King Ganesha performed 100 Yagnas and tried to get the kingdom of heaven, then the heaven god Indra prayed to Lord Vishnu. Then Lord Vamana incarnated the character of Brahmin and came to ask for a beggar from King Bali. Even after refusing the guru, Bali donated three pounds of land. God captured all the sky in three steps and sends the King Bali into the abyss.

Thus, as Lord Vishnu shattered the pride of the sacrificial King, this festival is also famous as the Balave. It is said that once Bali went into the abyss, and with his intense illumination of his Yagna, he made God and Goddesses please and took the promise to stay with him day in and day out. As the Swarglok became sans any God, Devi Lakshmi became despondent. She asked Narad for help.  Narad said to Lakshmi ji, the mantra to chant as a measure to get back her troubled husband and other Gods. Following that measure, Lakshmi ji became able to get back her husband and the remaining gods. That day was the full moon day of the month of Shravan. 

In one episode Vishnu Purana, it has been said that Lord Vishnu, on the full moon day of Shravan, incarnated in the form of Haigriva and had received the Vedas again for Brahma. Hygriv is considered a symbol of wisdom and intelligence.


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