Krishna and Draupadi

Lord Krishna considered Draupadi His friend and sister. When He had cut His finger while beheading Shishupal, Draupadi immediately tore off a piece of her saree and bandaged His finger. Lord Krishna had said that with this loving act, she wrapped Him in debt and He would repay each ‘thread’ when the time arrived. Indeed, the time had come when Draupadi needed Lord Krishna’s protection. Duryodhan ordered Dushasan to disrobe Draupadi after the Pandavas had lost her to unfair gambling. Seeing that her husbands, the Pandavas, were unable to help her, Draupadi prayed to Lord Krishna to protect her. A miracle happened! As Draupadi prayed for Krishna’s help, He came to her rescue and gave her unlimited cloth. Dushasan unwrapped layers and layers of Draupadi’s saree. However, as her saree kept getting extended, everyone present in the assembly looked amazed! Dushasan was forced to stop due to exhaustion. This is one of the stories of the origin of the Raksha Bandhan festival.

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