Rakhsha Bandhan which is also known as Rakhi Purnima is a tradition that is celebrated in many states in India. This tradition or festival portrays the love and relationship between a brother and a sister. This festival or tradition is very popular and these days women who do not have biological brothers celebrate the festival with men who might or might not be related to them. It is the respect and duty that men give towards women by protecting them and ensuring they keep them safe.
While most women celebrate the festival by tying a thread on their brother’s wrist, some others also tie this thread on their father’s wrist too. The reason this thread is tied is because it symbolizes the love and respect a woman has for the man she ties the rakhi to and in return the man’s vow to protect her. This festival always falls on a full moon day in the month of Shravan. Apart from India, this festival is also a celebrated in Mauritius, Nepal and Pakistan.
The festival of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated in the month of Shravana during a Purnima day or full moon day. The best time to tie a Rakhi on this auspicious day is during Aparahna. This is usually during late afternoon. If Aparahna time is not available, Pradosh time is considered suitable to tie a Rakhi. One thing to be careful is not to tie Rakhi during Bhadra. The Bhadra time is considered malicious and should be avoided to tie a Rakhi. Bhadra usually prevails during the first half of the Purnima Tithi. Waiting for Bhadra to get over is the best thing to do before doing any auspicious. People in North India usually tie a Rakhi in the morning as per custom. This should be avoided as it is not the best time to tie a Rakhi.
Preparation For Raksha Bandhan
Preparation for Raksha Bandhan starts weeks in advance. Women look for the best Rakhi to tie around their brother’s wrist. Some women also make their own Rakhi to give a more personal twist to the Rakhi. Some Rakhi’s are intricate with jewelry and decoration on it, while others are made of simple thread. Some women even buy a fancy wrist watch for their brothers or even a gold or silver bracelet to put around their brothers wrist. Brothers also put a lot of thought into gifting something special for their sister. Most brothers prefer giving cash or sweets, while others prefer gifting something else to their sisters like jewelry or clothes.
This year, Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on the 18th of August 2016 which is a Thursday. The Muhurat is as follows
Raksha Bandhan Thread Ceremony Time = 06:24 to 14:56
Duration = 8 Hours 32 Mins
Aparahan Time Raksha Bandhan Muhurat = 13:57 to 14:56
Duration = 0 Hours 58 Mins
Raksha Bandhan Bhadra before Sunrise
Purnima Tithi Begins = 16:27 on 17/Aug/2016
Purnima Tithi Ends = 14:56 on 18/Aug/2016