Dhanteras also known as the festival of...
Our rich Indian tradition is full of festivals, each having its own special significance. Out of the many festivals celebrated here, Rakshabandhan is one of the most graceful and pious occasion celebrated among the brothers and sisters. The sister with great love ties the holy thread called Rakhi on the wrist of her dear brother wishing for his good health, prosperity and well being. In turn the brother promises to protect and take care of his sister.
In Mahabharat, Draupadi, the wife of Pandavas, once tore a piece from her saree and tied it around the wounded finger of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna was touched by her action and declared her to be his sister. During ‘Cheer Haran’ of Draupadi by the Kauravas, no one stepped forward to protect her. Even her five warrior husbands (Pandavas) kept quite. When Draupadi cried for help and called upon Lord Krishna, the Lord himself protected her by taking form of an extended saree in lieu of the small piece of cloth tied around his finger.
In Spirituality, the disciple also ties Rakhi on Guru’s hand imploring Him to protect the YOG or Connection to God. Satguru ‘The Divine Master’ takes care of leading and guiding the devoted disciple to move forward on the path of spiritual journey.
OUR HISTORY : It is a ritual to strengthen the bond of sibling love. On seeing the Indian history, Rani Karnavati, the widowed queen of the King of Chittor, sent a Rakhi to Emperor Humayun to protect her against the invasion of the Sultan of Gujarat, Bahadur Shah. Humayun immediately set off with his troops to defend Chittor. Humayun arrived too late and Bhahadur Shah managed to take over Rani’s fort. But Humayun conquered over Bahadur Shah and restored the kingdom to Karnavati’s son.
Even today in Punjab, many sisters who do not have a brother go to Guru dwara and tie the holy thread to Guru Nanak ji. In Uttar Pradesh, girls who do not have a brother tie Rakhi to Lord Krishna.
MESSAGE TO ALL : Satguru says, “This festival is to replenish the love, care and bonding among the members of the family. It is not necessary to exchange expensive gift items or money. Our love and care for each other can simply be expressed through the exchange of sweets and a bouquet of flowers. In today’s world, our inner feelings of love, care, sincerity, commitment, faithfulness, devotion, trust and wishing the best for all are much more valuable, important and desirable, rather than the pseudo external pomp and showoff.”
Today, that which is most needed is a loving heart.
God is the life giver, protector and care taker of all of us. On this occasion we all may pray sincerely to the Lord saying, “Oh Lord! I must not forget you” (He Nath! Main Aapko Bhulu Nahin).
This blog is to once again revive our rich Indian culture and to feel the sincere love and care in our hearts.