Let’s know these hidden tales pulled out from gone times, on this auspicious holy observance of Raksha Bandhan. Here are some interesting Raksha Bandhan stories in Hindu Mythology about the gods and their sisters.
Krishna and Draupadi
The relationship of Lord Krishna and Draupadi is something that cannot be explained, a relationship that has no name but is one of the most respectful existences. They call each other ‘Sakhi’ which means best friends but then it is worth respect much more than that. The relationship which cannot be named and can only be respected!
Once Lord Krishna cut his little finger and was bleeding profusely. Seeing this, Rukmani (his wife) sent her help to get a bandage cloth while Sathyabama (his other consort) rushed to bring some cloth herself. Draupadi who was watching all of this rather simply tore off a part of her sari and bandaged his finger.
This piece of sari later became endless and saved her from the embarrassment of being disrobed (vastra haran), in front of many people in King Dhritarashtra’s court. Hence, Lord Krishna kept his promise of saving her when in a problem. This is what a brother’s duties are to his sister.
Lord Vishnu and Sati
Parvati grew up with the hope of marrying Shiva but Shiva refused to accept her as his consort due to the loss of his love Sati. Parvati took to severe austerities in order to purify her senses, activate her chakras so that she could become eligible to marry the Lord. To help her reach her goal, Lord Vishnu asked her to tie a rakhi on his wrist, so that as her brother he could remove all obstacles coming her way. Legend has it, that for Shiva and Parvati’s celestial marriage, Lord Vishnu performed all the ceremonies that are supposed to be done by the bride’s brother and glow up this favorable ceremonial day.
Yama and Yamuna
The Yamuna is said to be immortal and was granted this boon by her brother Yama– the lord of death. It is said that the Yamuna had once tied a rakhi on Raksha Bandhan to Lord Yama to show her love and care for him, which made God happy.
Ganesha and Manasa
Lord Ganesha had a step-sister – Goddess Manasa. But, the love they had between them was praise-worthy. Ganesha had granted Manasa her weird but very sweet wish and that was – Santoshi Maa in the form of a sister for his sons.
Goddess Laxmi and King Bali
They were not brother and sister by birth but did respect the relationship and shared a similar feeling for each other.
As part of a promise, Lord Vishnu has been protecting his devotee and the demon King Bali, disguising himself as his doorman. This kept his consort Goddess Laxmi away from his husband and hence she came to take shelter at Bali’s kingdom in disguise. Once on the full moon day in the holy month of Shravana, Laxmi ties a thread of colored cotton on Bali’s wrist and wishes for protection and happiness. In return Bali fulfills her wish to take her husband back. He then comes to know about both their identities and pays tribute to them.
Indra and wife
The sacred thread was tied by Goddess Indrani around her husband’s wrist to protect him from demons. This thread was given to her by Lord Vishnu. There was a time when Lord Indra lost a war and was so unhappy about it that he complained to Brihaspati (leader of the Gods). Brihaspati then prepared a Raksha sutra and told him to wear it for protection on the distinguished day of Raksha Bandhan.
Surpanakha and Ravana
Ravana – the king of Lanka and the most knowledgeable of all loved his sister. The entire happening of Sita abduction in Ramayana was done by Ravana, just to take revenge for his sister Surpanakha. It is said that Surpanakha lost her heart at first sight to Lord Rama. Even after polite refusal, she continued to misbehave, and this led Laxman to cut her nose. Surpanakha went and complained to his brother about the incident which made Ravana burn with revenge.
Kansa and Devaki
Kansa is known to be the cruelest uncle. He was the brother of Lord Krishna’s mother Devaki. He imprisoned his sister and brother-in-law for their entire life. during his lifetime, Kansa indulged in all sorts of heinous and unholy acts which also included beating up and enslaving his sister Devaki and her husband Vasudev when it was prophesied that the child was born to the couple would bring him death. Although Kansa tried all tricks in the book to change his fate but ultimately, as they say, good prevailed over evil!
Subhadra and Krishna (Jagannath)
Subhadra was born as Krishna and Balarama’s affectionate sister. Krishna made her marry the great warrior Arjuna. Subhadra later begot a legendary warrior son with Arjuna who was named Abhimanyu.
Guru Nanak Dev and Bebe Nanaki
Bebe Nanaki was the elder sister of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism. She is known for her unconditional love and support to Guru Nanak Dev. She was the first to realize her brother’s ‘spiritual eminence’ and was considered to be the first Gursikh.
Wishing you all a very joyous and prosperous Happy Raksha Bandhan.