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Krishna and Draupadi

Another great saga pertaining to the legend of Rakhi is the evergreen story of Lord Krishna and Draupadi. Both these Gods hold a very special position in the Hindu household owing to Mahabharata. It is generally assumed that the original ritual of Rakhi began with Draupadi and Krishna during the epic war.

According to the legend,Krishna loved Draupadi so much, that he called her 'sakhi'. Draupadi too had a lot of faith on Krishna. She prayed to him with utmost devotion. During the great battle of Mahabharata, Lord Krishna threw a celestial weapon at Shishupala, in order to punish him for numerous sins. During the act of hurling the Sudharshan Charka from his index finger, Krishna hurt himself. On seeing blood drops, Draupadi immediately rushed to protect her Lord. She tore off a piece from her sari and wrapped it around his finger, stopping the bleeding. Krishna was touched by her gesture of devotion and pure love.
He asked her what would she like in return of this favor. Draupadi, like a true sister, just asked for the Lord's holy presence in her life forever. From that moment onwards, Lord Krishna has been with Draupadi like a shadow protecting her from every small and big trouble. When the Kauravas tried to dishonor Draupadi through “Cheer Haran” (removing her sari) in a hall of people, she Prayed to Krishna continuously. The lord took care of her honor and punished the sinners during the battle of Mahabharata.



This story is a reflection of the pure bond between a brother and sister. The thread of Rakhi and the story of Krishna and Draupadi tells us about the element of faith and emotional security amongst siblings . It teaches us a valuable lesson about our own relationship with God. Draupadi gave to Lord Krishna one small strand from her sari. In return, Lord Krishna gave Draupadi an endless, infinite sari, one which could never be removed. Every brother is like Lord Krishna when it comes to their sisters. They want to take care of their sister's honor and protect her from all the perils of the world.

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