Janai Purnima or Raksha Bandhan is celebrated with great rejoicing in Nepal as well as in India. In this festival, which is celebrated as Janai Purnima in Nepal, men eat pure food one day in advance and take a bath the next morning and wear Janai with mantra.
Also, this festival is celebrated by tying Raksha Bandhan from the hand of a priest for the purpose of protection from everything. In India, it is customary for sisters to tie the knot to protect their brothers and sisters from longevity and obstacles. However, this culture of India has entered Nepal today.
Today, it is common for sisters to wish their brothers and sisters well. Many questions arise from time to time about how Raksha Bandhan was practiced or how Raksha Bandhan came to be known as Raksha Bandhan. It is difficult to say what happened before.
But what is written in Bhavishya Purana is when the war between gods and demons started. The monsters began to weigh heavily on the gods. Seeing that the gods were about to lose the battle, Lord Indra hurried to the sage Jupiter.
Then, according to Jupiter’s advice, Indra’s wife Sachi consecrated a silk thread with the power of mantra and tied it to her husband’s hand. Coincidentally, that day was the day of Shravan Purnima. The gods won the war because of the minister’s thread. It is said that from that time onwards, when wives went to war with their husbands, it was customary to tie them in their hands with the wish of victory.
Similarly, other stories are found in Skandha Purana, Padma Purana, and Srimad Bhagavata Purana. In which the demon king Danvir Raja Bali was defeated in a battle with the gods and gained power in heaven. Asuraraj’s pride had reached its peak.
To shatter the ego of the demon king, Lord Vishnu took the form of a dwarf from the womb of Aditi and begged for alms in the guise of a Brahmin. King Bali was a great hero. He promised to give whatever he asked the Brahmin. Lord Vishnu, a Brahmin, demanded three steps of land in alms.
If the sacrifice meets the demand of the Brahmins immediately. But, Lord Bishnu appeared in his huge form and measured the whole sky, hell, and earth in two steps. God questioned the sacrifice as to where to place the remaining one step. He showed his head and requested to take the third step.
God was pleased to hear such a request for sacrifice and gave him the gift of immortality by making him the king of the abyss. King Bali, showing the reason for his devotion to this gift, also took a vow to stay with him day and night. Lord Bishnu had to leave his dwarf incarnation and go back to Mother Lakshmi. However, due to the promise he made to King Bali, he was forced to stay in the abyss with Bali.
Lakshmi, on the other hand, was not worried about Lord Vishnu’s promise. In such a situation, Naradamuni told Lakshmi a solution. According to Narad, Lakshmi tied up King Bali and made him her brother, and brought her husband with her. Coincidentally, that day was the full moon day of the month of Shravan. Since then, the celebration of Raksha Bandhan has been practiced in Hindu scriptures.