Raksha Bandhan is derived from two loanwords Raksha and Bandhan. Raksha means protection and Bandhan means tying or fastening. Raksha Bandhan is celebrated every year on the last day of the Hindu lunar calendar month of Shravan on full moon day which falls in August. Raksha Bandhan 2018 will be celebrated on 26th August and the Shubh Muhurat (timings) will be from 6:04 A.M. to 5:25 P.M (more details given in below article).
The bond between a brother and a sister is really adorable. It is full of care, love, fights, tease, joy, brotherhood, protectiveness, all at the same time. From the mischievous fights over chocolate to supporting each other in the times of need, is greatly cherishing. India is a land of various vivid festivals and Raksha Bandhan is one of those many festivals.
Raksha Bandhan is celebrated every year to share the pious bond that brothers and sisters have among themselves. This festival is celebrated all over India by Hindus with a great jollity and fervour. It is also celebrated by Sikhs as Rakhri. Raksha Bandhan is not only celebrated in India, but also in Nepal and other countries with the real festive vibes.
Mythological Stories Behind Raksha Bandhan Celebration
The origin of Raksha Bandhan dates back to centuries and there are many mythological stories behind its celebration. The origin of the festival can be traced to as far back as the Pouranik times. The most famous mythological story is about a war between the Gods and the Demons. The Gods lead by Indradev were on the verge of defeat. So, Indradev approached his Guru Brihaspati and sought his help. On Shravan Poornima after Guru Brihaspati’s advice, Sachi (Indradev’s wife) tied the thread on his wrist and Gods won the battle.
Other mythological story talks about the bond between Lord Yama and his sister the Yamuna who fastened a sacred thread on Yama’s wrist and blessed immortality to him. Since then Yama promised that whoever gets a rakhi tied by his sister will live long.
There are also several other mythological stories about the origin as those of Krishna-Draupadi, Goddess Lakshmi-Bali etc.
Raksha Bandhan Pooja Vidhi
On the day of Raksha Bandhan, several preparations and arrangements are made before the main puja. Both brothers and sisters observe fast before puja. After having the bath, a plate commonly known as Thaali is decorated with flowers, Roli, Akshat, Diya, Sweets, Water Kalash and Rakhi.
A rakhi is a colourful thread decorated with various things such as artificial flowers, pearls, gems etc. A particular time i.e. Muhurat is considered to start the rituals of Raksha Bandhan. The sister puts a tilak on the brother’s forehead and adorns his wrist with the beautiful rakhi. By doing this, she wishes God to give her brother a long and prosperous life whereas the brother promises to stand by the side of his sister during the tough times and to protect her from all ills and evils.
Then the sister does aarti of her brother while enchanting some mantras and offers him sweets. The brother in return presents her with gifts as a token of love. Only after all the mentioned rituals are performed, they have their meal.
Raksha Bandhan 2018
Over the time, the practices related to Raksha Bandhan has changed. Earlier, rakhi was only tied on brother’s wrist, but now, sisters also tie rakhi to her sister-in-law, cousins or relatives or even to friends who are biologically unrelated and are brother-like to them.
Brothers and sisters put in a lot of efforts to make each other feel special on the pious day. Sisters choose the best rakhi for their brother which range from the simple ones to the customized rakhis. Even the brothers leave no stones unturned. They search for the best gift to present their sisters with.
From the soldiers protecting the country on the border to the corporate working in Multi National Company, everyone has the same sentiments towards this festival. With this greatly advanced technology where leaves from profession are tough to get, brothers and sisters still celebrate this festival through various means, be it by sending emails, or by sending Rakhi and gifts online by e-shopping. They keep in touch through phone calls, video calls etc reminiscing about the great memories they shared even if they are miles and miles away. It is rightly said that distance cannot affect the undying bond and unconditional bond that brothers and sisters share.
Raksha Bandhan is the kind of festival that is celebrated throughout India.The ways and practices in which this vibrant festival is celebrated from place to place might differ but it always embarks the feeling of joy and brotherhood. It’s a celebration of the strong bond between siblings and thus, it will always hold a very special place in the core of the hearts for every brother and sister.
“हर सावन में आती राखी,
बहना से मिलवाती राखी…
चाँद सितारों की चमकीली,
कलाई को कर जाती राखी…
जो भूले से भी ना भूले,
मनभावन क्षण लाती राखी,
अटूट-प्रेम का भाव धागे से
हर घर में बिखराती राखी”
Raksha Bandhan 2018: राखी बाँधने का शुभ मुहूर्त
सुबह 7:43 बजे से 9:18 बजे तक चर,
सुबह 9:18 बजे से लेकर 10:53 बजे तक लाभ,
सुबह 10:53 बजे से लेकर 12:28 बजे तक अमृत,
दोपहर 2:03 बजे से लेकर 3:38 बजे तक शुभ,
सायं 6:48 बजे से लेकर 8:13 बजे तक शुभ,
रात्रि 8:13 बजे से लेकर 9:38 बजे तक अमृत,
रात्रि 9:38 बजे से लेकर 11:03 बजे तक चर,
इस समय में न बांधें राखी
राहु काल प्रातः 5.13 से 6.48
यम घंटा दोपहर 12.28 से 2.03
गुली काल दोपहर 3.38 से 5.13
काल चौघड़िया दोपहर 12.28 से 2.03
पंचक में भी बंधेगी राखी
धनिष्ठा से रेवती तक पांच नक्षत्रों को पंचक कहा जाता है। माना जाता है कि पंचक में कोई भी कार्य नहीं करना चाहिए। हालांकि, सत्यता यह है कि पंचक में अशुभ कार्य नहीं करना चाहिए क्योंकि उनकी पांच बार पुनरावृत्ति होती है। मगर, पंचक में किसी भी शुभ काम को करने में कोई समस्या नहीं है। रक्षाबंधन के दिन धनिष्ठा नक्षत्र होने के कारण पंचक रहेगा, लेकिन राखी बांधने में यह बाधक नहीं बनेगा।
इस साल अच्छी बात यह है कि राखी के दिन भद्रा नहीं है, इसलिए रक्षाबंधन सुबह से लेकर रात तक किया जा सकता है, लेकिन बीच-बीच में कुछ समय को छोड़ना होगा क्योंकि अशुभ चौघड़िया, राहु काल, यम घंटा और गुली काल रहेगा।
इन मुहूर्तों में राखी बांधी जा सकती है। अमृत मुहूर्त के समय राखी बाँधना बहुत ही फलदायी माना जाता है। इसलिए कोशिश करें कि इसी समय अपने भाई को राखी बाँधें और भाई भी अपनी बहनों से इसी समय राखी बँधवाएँ।
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