What Is Raksha Bandhan?
In the Indian context, Raksha Bandhan is a ceremonial event of religious sanctity that accentuates the inseparable bond of love between a brother and a sister. Annually celebrated throughout South Asia and by people from Hindu culture worldwide, Rakshabandhan involves sisters tying a sacred bound called Rakhi around the wrists of their brothers. This way, the sisters convey, through the ritual, a symbolic gesture of love and affection of a sister towards her brother, whereas brothers convey a symbolic promise of protecting their sisters from any threats.
Why Is Raksha Bandhan Popular?
The nationwide popularity of Raksha Bandhan sources from different reasons, some of them are –
It conveys the undying love and affection of a sister towards her brother, which no celebration of any religious sentiment conveys in the world.
Raksha Bandhan conveys the undying promise of a brother towards his sister to take care of her in times of need, provide safety of her honor from any harm.
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Why Is Raksha Bandhan Celebrated?
Raksha Bandhan is celebrated, not because it conveys the symbolic gesture of love of sisters for their brothers or the solemn promise of brothers to protect their sisters from harm, the occasion is celebrated to commemorate the incident of Mahabharata in which it mentions that Draupadi tied a rakhi to Lord Krishna.
The occasion of Raksha Bandhan validates its celebration with the fact that it symbolizes the love of sisters for their brothers and the promise of brothers to safeguard their sisters from troubles.
What Is The Story Of Raksha Bandhan?
In one incident of Mahabharata, it is said that Draupadi had tied a rakhi to Lord Krishna and so Krishna considered her sister and protected her honor in time when she was in dire need of divine intervention.
In another incident that involves Lord Ganesha, it is said that two of his sons, Shubh and Labh requested their father to have a sister for them. Lord Ganesha obliged their request and created Santoshi Maa through the cosmic blaze. Thus, the two of the sons of Lord Ganesha got a sister to celebrate Raksha Bandhan.
Raksha Bandhan is also celebrated due to a religious incident involving King Bali and Goddess Lakshmi. It is mentioned in Bhagavata Purana and Vishnu Purana that Mata Lakshmi wanted Lord Vishnu to return to his divine abode called Vaikuntha. However, when Lord Vishnu won three worlds from Bali, he granted the demon king a boon that he would live with him and not return to his divine abode.
Therefore, Mata Lakshmi tied Rakhi around the wrist of King Bali and thus made him her brother. When Bali asked her to demand a return gift, she asked her to free Lord Vishnu from his vow and let him stay in Vaikuntha. Bali granted the request, thus freeing Lord Vishnu of his vow, who, then returned to his divine abode, Vaikuntha.
Summing up Raksha Bandhan is one of the most popular celebratory events that is observed to commemorate the bond of love and affection between sisters and brothers. The occasion is also celebrated because of his religious connection to some folklores, including the one in Mahabharata involving Draupadi who tied a rakhi around the wrist of Lord Krishna and made him her brother.
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Auspicious Occasion of Raksha Bandhan 2021
Celebrated on the full moon (Purnima) of the Shukla paksha of the month of Shravan (Sawan Mass), the festival is on August 22, 2021, this year. On this festival, the sisters tie rakhi to their brothers and wish them a happy future and a long life.
Shobhan Yoga will be held from 06:15 am to 10:34 am on August 22 and dhanishta nakshatra will remain until 07:39 pm. You can tie rakhi anytime from 05:50 am to 05:58 pm on this day.
Abhijeet Muhurat: 12:04 pm to 12:58 pm
Amrit Time (Amrit Kaal): 09:34 AM to 11:07 AM