Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is one as one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated in India. The day is considered as an ode to siblings’ love where sisters in the family tie a sacred thread “rakhi” around the wrist of their brothers and pray for their long lives. In return, brothers vows to protect their sisters from all evils.
Significance of Rakha Bandhan
Rakshan bandhan that directly translates to protection bond defines the foundation of the Indian society. The festival signifies the bond between a brother and a sister.
Indian history has many tales when brothers are said to have stepped in during times of hardship to shield their sisters. It is said that in ancient times Queens used to tie Rakhi to neighbouring Kings to symbolize brotherhood.
The importance of this festival is so great that there are special trains operated by Indian Railways to honor the importance of this festival. Although tieing a Rakhi takes just a few minutes, preparations are done several days in advance.
Sisters pick out unique Rakhis just before the festival for their brothers. A brother tries to meet his sister by any means for the occasion and his sister waits to tie the ‘sacred thread’ with empty-stomach.
Raksha Bandhan 2020 Shubh Muhurat, Date & Time
Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon in the month of Savan according to the Hindu calendar. Savan has a special significance among the Hindus. It is believed that if Lord Shiva is worshipped every Monday this entire time, it can bring happiness and prosperity.
Find the right time to tie ‘rakhi’ on your brother’s wrist in 2020.
- Date: August 3rd, 2020
- Purnima Tithi Timings: Will begin at 9:28 PM on August 2 and will end at 9:28 PM on August 3.
- Puja Shubh Muhurat: Between 9:28 am and 9:17 pm on August 3.
- Aparahna Muhurat: Between 01:48 pm and 04:29 pm on August 3.
- Praodsh Muhurat: Between 07:10 pm and 09:17 pm on August 3.
Don’t tie rakhi during the following muhurat.
- Bhadra Panchha: 05:16 am to 06:28 am.
- Bhadra Mukha: 06:28 am to 08:28 am.
- Bhadra ends at 09:28 am.
Mythological Fables around Raksha Bandhan
During Mahabharata, it is believed that Draupadi once tore a strip of her sari and tied it to the wrist of Lord Krishna to stop the bleeding from a wound in the battlefield. Lord Krishna was so moved with the gesture that he declared Draupadi his sister.
Moreover, raksha bandhan is linked to the birth of Goddess Santoshi and also the relationship shared between Goddess Laxmi and King Bali. Furthermore, it is believed that Yamuna (river) tied Rakhi to Lord Yama (God of Death) and the latter in return, bestowed immortality upon his sister.
Historical Folklore around Raksha Bandhan
According to history, Rani Karnavati, the widowed queen of Chittor sent rakhi to Mughal Emperor Humayun when she was in danger.
She sought aid in defending her state from Gujarat’s Bahadur Shah attack. Humayun immediately sent his army to Chittor to defend her, in due regard for the thread that Karnavati had sent.
Whatever the legends or myths associated with the festival, Rakshan Bandhan is celebrated with full vigour. Rakhi’s significance is not limited to ordinary citizens and their families, and even politicians regard this festival as a significant tradition. Every year thousands of Rakhis are sent throughout the country to the President, and the Prime Minister, symbolising brotherly love.