Famous Brother-Sister Duo Stories in Indian History and Mythology

Raksha Bandhan 2022: Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi festival is one of the most lively festivals celebrated in India. This day embraces the beauty of the relationship between a brother and a sister. There are so many stories associated with Raksha Bandhan festival, here are some of the stories of brother-sister duos that often refer to this festival!

Yamuna and Yamraj: Yamraj, the Hindu god of death, and his sister Yamuna are the symbols of the Bhai Dooj celebration. On Bhai Dooj, the story honoring the brotherly bond is told. Each is believed to be the offspring of Surya (the sun god), and according to folklore, after their mother abandoned them because she could no longer stand the heat of the sun, they both rose. When Yamraj surprised his sister one day by visiting him, she gave him a tilak, made him delicacies and took good care of him. Accordingly, the day is known as Bhai Dooj.

Queen Karnavati and Emperor Humayun: Bahadur Shah of Gujarat attacked the kingdom while Rani Karnavati of Chittor was in command. The queen asked for help from other kingdoms. She sent a rakhi and asked Humayun, who was engaged in battle, to ensure her safety. Humayun gave up everything and went to Mewar after receiving the letter. Unfortunately, it was too late and the Rajput family lost. Rani Karnavati performed Johaur in accordance with tradition to preserve his honor. But as he had promised, Humayun later defeated Bahadur Shah Zafar and gave the throne to Rani’s eldest son, Vikramjeet.

Roxane and Puru: Roxana implored Porus in a letter she sent him during the Battle of Hydaspes not to hurt her husband, Alexander. When Porus on the battlefield noticed the rakhi, he decided not to kill him. Although he lost the conflict, he won the esteem of Alexander, who made him ruler of his kingdom and gave him greater territory to control.

Goddess Lakshmi and Demon King Bali: According to tradition, when the kingdom of the benign demon king Mahabali was in danger, the god Vishnu, whom he worshipped, would disguise himself as a gatekeeper to protect his devoted disciple. But as time passed and he continued to hold this post, Lakshmi, Vishnu’s wife, began to feel uneasy. She disguised herself as a Brahmin woman and went to the king’s palace. She brought a lot of prosperity as she was the goddess of wealth. A little later, she went to Bali and wrapped a rakhi around her wrist. He was moved by her gesture and the “good luck” she had brought, so he volunteered to give her a wish.

Then Lakshmi identified herself and explained why she was there. And Bali respectfully asked Lord Vishnu to return home.

Another notable story of Raksha Bandhan is during the partition that Rabindranath Tagore initiated the Rakhi Mohotsav to fortify the ties between Hindus and Muslims in Bengal during the partition. He urged them to unite against the British and defend each other. The people of West Bengal carry on this custom by tying the rakhi to their close friends and neighbours. It represents adoration, esteem and brotherhood.

It used to be a notion that it is a brother’s duty to protect his sister from all harm, nowadays it is a promise to be there for each other, the siblings observe this day as an opportunity to thank each other for a wonderful childhood and to be together through all of life’s ups and downs.

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