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Raksha Bandhan Symbolizes the love of a sister to her brother

Raksha Bandhan Symbolizes the love of a sister to her brother

Raksha Bandhan 2013-8:48pm 0n 20 August and till 7:15am 21st August

Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival that celebrates bond and relationship of a brother and sister. It also goes by the name of Rakhi in various parts of India. Rakshabandhan is a festival which captures the true spirit of the relationship between brother and sister. Raksha means to “protect” and bandhan stands for “bond” hence it is known as the protection bond. It strengthen the family relations and create happy social interaction, it is the day of honor, dignity and respect for women. The festival is observed by Hindus and some Sikhs also. The ceremony of Raksha Bandhan comprises mainly of tying a sacred knot of Rakhi by a sister to her brother. The knot symbolizes the love of sister to her brother and her prayers for his well-being along with a lifelong vow of brother to protect his sister throughout his life.

On this auspicious day, the sister tie rakhi (sacred thread) on her brother’s wrist which symbolizes the sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, and the brother’s lifelong vow to protect her. The festival is about the sacred bond of love and respect that the brothers and sisters share with each other. The festival is primarily celebrated in India, Nepal and Mauritius.

Raksha Bandhan celebration:–

Raksha Bandhan is celebrated in Shravan month during full moon day or Purnima day. The best time to tie Rakhi on Raksha Bandhan is during Aparahan which is late afternoon according to Hindu division of the day. If Aparahan time is not available then Pradosh time is also suitable to perform rituals related to Raksha Bandhan.

Raksha Bandhan rituals should not be done during Bhadra. Bhadra is malicious time which should be avoided for all auspicious work. Most Hindu religious texts, including Vratraj, advise to avoid Bhadra time to tie Rakhi during Raksha Bandhan festival.

It should be noted that Bhadra prevails during first half of Purnima Tithi. Hence one should wait for Bhadra to get over before starting any auspicious work. In North India it is customary to tie Rakhi in the morning which might not be suitable time to do it. The DrikPanchang’s team believes that it might be due to ignorance. When such information is easily available one should avoid tying Rakhi during Bhadra.

Some sources advise to avoid Bhadra Mukha and perform Rakhi ceremony during Bhadra Punchha if it has to be done during Bhadra in early morning. However our team was not able to find any authority to validate this belief.

When is Raksha Bandhan in 2013?

Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on august 20/ 21, 2013. The festival also goes by the name of Rakhi Poornima. The festival of Raksha Bandhan falls on the full moon day or Shravan Purnima of the shravan month, according to Hindu calendar.

This year, the best timing or the best Muhurat of Raksha Bandhan is late afternoon according to Hindu division of the day. If Aparahan time is not available then Pradosh time is also suitable to perform rituals. you may come up with many resons and methyologies,but still with some douts ,so,to clear all doubts ,we have gathered some imformation on this festival.

Raksha Bandhan will be Begin on 20 august and will last till 7:25am on 21st august

8:48 pm 0n 20 August and till 7:15 am 21st August

The 10:22 am to 7:15am (besides, bhadra is swarglok (haven), which implies bhadra will not be inauspicious this Rakhsha bandhan

Bhadra Punchha = 17:08 to 18:11

Bhadra Mukha = 18:11 to 19:56

Bhadra End Time = 20:48

Pradosh Time Raksha Bandhan Muhurat = 20:48 to 21:07

Raksha Bandhan -Thread Ceremony Time 2013 – 08:48 pm to 09:07 pm (18 Minutes).

The rituals of the festival include tying Rakhi, a sacred thread, on the brother’s wrist by his sister. The Rakhi or holy thread comes in many colors and designs and girls can choose over a variety of threads of their choice. The brother gives a gift and even money in return to his sister. The brother also takes a vow to protect his sister in every stage of life and in any circumstances. Sister presents sweets to her brother, applies tilak (vermillion mark), does Aarti and blesses her brother with long and successful life. The sisters also tie Rakhi to their male cousins and follow the same rituals as done with their own brothers. The brothers commit to a lifelong protection of their sisters in every situation.

The legend of Krishna and Draupadi–

The legend comes from the ancient Mahabharata concerned with Lord Krishna and Draupadi, wife of the Pandavas. She once torn a strip of her sari and tied it on the wounds of Lord Krishna that he got in the battlefield. Seeing the dedication and love of Draupadi, he declared her as his sister and vowed to repay it whenever needed. Draupadi was married to the great five warriors, the Pandavas, but still she relied on Lord Krishna. Yudhisthira lost his wife Draupadi to Kauravas during a match of gamble. She was then subjected to Cheer-Haran. Her sari was stripped off in front of the whole assembly, but then Lord Krishna emerged and kept his vow of protecting her always. Lord Krishna extended her Sari through divine means that made the Sari to be never ending. The honor of Draupadi was saved as the sari could not be removed. In this manner Lord Krishna kept his vows of protecting Draupadi and protecting her dignity in any situation.
The Legend of King Bali and Goddess Laxmi

According to this legend, King Bali, the demon king, was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu had taken up the charge to safeguard his kingdom. He left his own abode in Vaikunth. Goddess Lakshmi wanted to be with Lord Vishnu. She went to the kingdom of Bali disguised as a woman to seek shelter till her husband came back.

During the celebration of Shravan Purnima, Goddess Lakshmi tied the sacred yellow thread to King Bali. Upon being asked, she disclosed who she was and for what purpose she was there. The king was touched by her benevolence for his family and her purpose. He then appealed Lord Vishnu to accompany her. He gave up all he had for the Lord and his dedicated wife.

Since then, yellow thread was made popular for the Raksha Bandhan ceremony.

It is said that since then it has been a tradition followed by brothers to invite sisters in Shravan Purnima for the Raksha Bandhan. Now, then the ceremony of tying Rakhi on the wrist of brother is followed along with other rituals. Rakhis are available in captivating design forms that include teddy bear, flowers, dolls and cartoon characters. Raksha Bandhan is a festival of fervor and its festivity can be witnessed in other communities as well besides in Hindu and Sikh communities. Special events with fun-filled activities and bazaars are organized to observe the day. Markets and shops on the occasion are embellished with colorful and captivating designs of rakhis, gifts, and sweets to celebrate the occasion. Rush of people to the shops are seen ahead of the celebration trying to find the best gifts and rakhis.

Happy Raksha Bandhan