Bew Delhi: Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is marked on the full moon day of Purnima in the month of Shravan as per the Hindu calendar. This year, Raksha Bandhan is on August 11 and 12.
This year, the auspicious time (Purnima Tithi) will remain in effect from 9:34 am on August 11 to 7:17 am on August 12. But as per the astrologers. the auspicious time will be impaired by Bhadra, a time considered inauspicious for tying the sacred thread. Hence, rakhi should only be tied after 5:40 pm.
As per a panchang, Pradosh Kaal will remain in effect between 8:51 pm to 9:13 pm on August. This is the best muhurat to tie the sacred thread.
The significance of the festival is primarily to strengthen and celebrate the brother-sister bond. In most parts of the country, the festival is marked by the sister tying a rakhi on her brother’s wrist.
As per the Hindu mythology, the idea of celebrating Raksha Bandhan stems from an incident in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. As per belief, when Lord Krishna accidentally cut his finger, Draupadi tore a piece of cloth from a saree and tied it on Lord Krishna’s wound. This is the moment that is believed to have established a sacred bond between them.
While Draupadi displayed her love for Lord Krishna by tying the cloth, Lord Krishna vowed to guard her against all difficulties. Keeping the promise, when Kauravas attempted to disrobe Draupadi and dragged her to the court pulling her hair, Lord Krishna intervened by providing immeasurable length to her saree, thus saving her dignity.
Literally translating to “safety” and “bond”, Raksha Bandhan is one of the most auspicious Hindu festivals.