The festival of Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi holds a lot of importance in India and among Hindus across the globe. It is celebrated for brothers and sisters to strengthen their bond of love and care they hold in hearts for each other.
On this day, Sisters tie a sacred thread or a colourful special band, rightly called the ‘Rakhi’ on their brothers’ wrist as a mark of affection, sisterly love, and sublime sentiments. The brothers in return promise to protect their sisters and offer them gifts. Not only siblings but also cousins and friends celebrate this festival with each other. The festival generally falls in August.
Raksha Bandhan 2020 will be celebrated on August 3. In Indian history, Rakhis have been used to strengthen kingdoms and forge alliances.
One of the oldest tales associated with Rakhis is when Alexander the Great was undertaking his invasion of the India subcontinent in 326 BC. Encountering the powerful King Porus, it is said that Alexander’s wife had approached Porus and tied a Rakhi on his hand to ensure the safety of her husband.
Subh Muhurat of Raksha Bandhan 2020:
|ShubhMuhurat for the Rakhi Tying Ceremony||05:49 to 18:01|
|Total Duration for Rakhi Tying Ceremony||11 Hours 49 Minutes|
|Aparahan Time during Raksha Bandhan 2020||13:47 to 16:28|
|Aparahan Duration||2 Hours 41 Minutes|
|Pradosh Time for Rakhi ceremony||19:10 to 21:17|
|Pradosh Duration||02 Hours 07 Minutes|
|Commencement of Rakhi Purnima||2nd August 2020 at 9:48 PM|
|Conclusion of Rakhi Purnima||3rd August 2020 at 9:48 PM|
Story behind Raksha Bandhan:
It is believed that once Lord Krishna sustained an injury on his wrist by a sharp weapon. Draupadi, the wife of Pandavas, tore the loose end of her sari and tied that around Lord Krishna’s wrist. He accepted it as ‘Raksha Sutra’ and when Draupadi was in process of being stripped off her clothes by Duhsashan in the darbar of Duryodhan, Lord Krishna protected her from extreme disgrace by supplying her an endless sari.
Raksha Bandhan Mantra and Importance:
‘येन बद्धो बलिराजा, दानवेन्द्रो महाबलः तेनत्वाम प्रति बद्धनामि रक्षे, माचल-माचल’ is the Vedic form of the Raksha Bandhan mantra. While tieing Rakhi around the wrist of brother, both brothers and sisters used to recite this mantra to protect life and take responsibility for each other. On this day, the Brahmins are offered money and new clothes, and brothers present their sisters who tie them a Rakhi with money. This is the day of pure and innocent love between siblings.