The Festival of Love of brother and sister is Raksha bandhan, celebrated on the full Moon of Shravan Month. This time Raksha bandhan will be celebrated on August 26. In Northern India this festival is dedicated to the unbreakable love of brother and sister, and the prevalence of this festival has been described as centuries old. On this day, sisters tie Rakhi on the wrist of brothers and brothers show affection while taking a resolution to protect sisters. Brother promises to protect his sister in every difficulty and sister wishes for brother’s long life.
The history of Raksha Bandhan is connected to Lord Krishna and Draupadi. When Lord Krishna killed King Shishipala, the blood was flowing with the figure of left hand of Krishna. Draupadi was very unhappy when she saw it and shared the piece of her sari and tied it in the finger of Krishna. It is believed that since then Krishna has considered Draupadi as his sister. Draupadi was considered to be a sister because Lord Krishna protected his sister when someone did not accompany her. When Pandava was defeated in gambling and was being ransacked Draupadi in crowded assembly, Krishna saved Draupadi’s shame.
Raksha Bandhan 2018
Raksha Bandhan Thread Ceremony Time – 05:59 to 17:25
Purnima Tithi Begins – 15:16 (25th August)
Purnima Tithi Ends – 17:25 (26th August)
Aparahan time Raksha Bandhan Muhurat – 13:44 to 16:15
It is believed that if a work is performed in the favourable time period, its auspiciousness increases. To make the bond of brother and sister unbreakable, tying of Rakhi should be done in the auspicious period. Vedic scriptures have determined some auspicious period in which all the festivals and ceremonies must be performed. These auspicious times are commonly known as Shubh Muhurat. Tying rakhi on the brother’s wrist is prohibited during this period and considered to be inauspicious. According to the belief, tying a knot during these nakashatras harms the people related to it. This is the reason that auspicious period should be taken into consideration while celebrating the festival of Rakhi.
This year Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on 26 August. Poornima Tithi will start on 25 August from 15:16 and will continue till 26 August at 17:26. But 25th will also have Bhadra. According to the Shashtras, it will be good if you complete the festivities by 26 August.
The festival of Raksha Bandhan must be celebrated only when Bhadra period lies on the previous day and the date of Poornima shows more than three muhurat on the second day of Raksha bandhan.
Vermillion, red thread, turmeric, rice, Diya, incense, sweets are also used along with Rakhi by sisters while tying the knot. Apply a tilak of vermillion and turmeric, followed by rice on the forehead. Now, tie rakhi on your brother’s wrist while praying for his longevity. Sisters should chant the following mantra while tying the knot,
“Yena Badho Bali Raja, Danvendro Mahabal |
Tena Twamanubadhnami, Rakshe Ma Chal Ma Chal ||”