Raksha Bandhan 2018
Raksha Bandhan 2018 will celebrates on 26th August. Auspicious Rakhi 2018 Muhrath is 05:59 am to 17:45 pm. Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi Pournami will celebrate in the Hindu Month Sharavana during full moon day. It is the day when brother and sister celebrate the unique bond of love and care. Raksha Bandhan is a combination of Sanskrit words, Raksha stands for protection and Bandhan is the verb to knot or tie, it literally intends “the knot or tie of protection”. Ritual of Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi Pournami is sister ties a Rakhi to their brother’s wrist on auspicious Rakhi Muhrath. Rakhi refers to a piece of thread or bracelet. The importance of Raksha Bandhan is same as another Hindu festival like Dussera, Diwali etc. in India.
Rakhi History and Importance:
Rakhi festival has been celebrated from the ancient times in India, Here are the tales behind Rakhi celebrations. According to a legend in the holy book ‘Mahabharat’, Once Lord Krishna was flying kites and accidentally cut his finger with the abrasive twine. Draupadi, who was standing near to Krishna, saw him bleeding copiously and rushed to him. She tore a piece of her saree and tied it around the injury. Lord Krishna was so touched by her concern towards him. He promised her that he will protect her forever from all the evil. As promised, he protected her especially from the Kauravas evil act ‘cheer Haran’.
Another Rakhi story is from the battle between Alexander and Porus. Alexander was a Greek king and Porus was a Hindu King. Alexander’s wife sent a holy thread to Porus, requesting him to not harm her husband during battle. Giving respect to Rakhi, Porus tied it around his wrist. In the battleground, when he was about to aim his arrow at Alexander, he noticed Rakhi on his and stopped from doing so.
The importance of Rakhi:
In earlier days, wives tied a holy thread to their husband’s wrists in order to seek protection by the from evils. Queens used to send a holy thread i.e. Rakhi to their neighborhood brothers as a token of brotherhood and a symbol of love. The meaning of Rakhi is brothers must protect their sisters from all the evils throughout their life and sister pray for their brother’s wellness and success. Saints tie Rakhi to the people who come for their blessings. Sages tie sacred thread among themselves seeking protection from the evil forces. Some people tie Rakhi to their close friends and neighbors indicating peaceful co-existence.
Rakhi festival was popularized by the great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore to boost the feeling of unity in every individual of the country and to encourage a proportionate social life. The occasion of Rakhi involves a promise of practicing spiritual, cultural and moral values for the lifetime.
Raksha Bandhan Traditions:
On the day of Raksha Bandhan, all the members of the family will wake up early in the morning and get ready for the rituals. Sister will decorate a Pooja thali with all the required Pooja items like roli for Tilak, akshat are the rice grains for Tilak, Diya for performing aarti, Rakhi and sweets.
On an ‘auspicious Raksha Bandhan Muhrat’, first sisters will apply ‘Tilak’ on their brother’s forehead and stick akshat to that tilak. After that, they will perform Aarti for their brothers and tie the Rakhi around their brother’s right wrist. While performing the ritual of Rakhi, sisters will chant the below mantra:
“Suraj shakhan chhodian, Mooli chhodia beej
Behen ne rakhi bandhi / Bhai tu chir jug jee
Yena baddho Balee raagaa daanavendro mahabalah
tena twaam anubadhnaami rakshe maa Chala maa Chala”
The meaning of the mantra is:
“The sun radiates its sunlight, the radish spreads its seeds, I tie rakhi to you O brother and wish that you may live long. I am tying rakhi on you, like the one on mighty demon king Bali. Be firm, O Rakhi, don’t falter”.
After tying the Rakhi, they offer sweets to their brothers. Then in return, brother blesses her and promise them to protect from all the evil and difficulties. They will give presents such as money, jewelry etc. to their sisters. They wish each other for their wellness, prosperity, and success. Finally, they take the blessings of their parents and elders of the family. Siblings who are far away from each other will post Rakhi to their brothers.