Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi): Celebrating the Unbreakable Bond of Sibling Love and Tradition

Raksha Bandhan, a cherished festival observed by Hindus worldwide, symbolizes the profound connection between siblings. This day is a heartfelt tribute to the bond between brothers and sisters, marked by the endearing act of tying a Rakhi (a sacred thread) and exchanging tokens of affection. With the exchange of gifts and the sharing of sweets, this festival honors the unique and indescribable relationship they share.

Scheduled for August 31, 2023, this year’s Raksha Bandhan holds special significance due to astrological considerations. The preceding day, August 30, 2023, will witness the presence of Bhadra until 09:00 PM, rendering the night auspicious for celebration.

Raksha Bandhan 2023: Date and Time

Purnima Tithi Commences: August 30, 2023 – 10:58 AM Purnima Tithi Concludes: August 31, 2023 – 07:05 AM Raksha Bandhan Bhadra Kaal Time

Bhadra Start Time: August 30, 2023 – 11:00 AM Bhadra End Time: August 30, 2023 – 09:01 PM Raksha Bandhan Bhadra Punchha: August 30, 2023 – 05:30 PM to 06:31 PM Raksha Bandhan Bhadra Mukha: August 30, 2023 – 06:31 PM to 08:11 PM

Raksha Bandhan Shubh Muhurat

August 31, 2023 – 05:58 AM to 07:34 AM August 31, 2023 – 12:21 PM to 03:32 PM August 31, 2023 – 05:08 PM to 08:08 PM

Raksha Bandhan : Rituals

  1. Rise early, prepare delectable meals.
  2. Adorn yourselves in elegant attire.
  3. Some begin by tying Rakhis to idols of Laddoo Gopal Ji and Lord Hanuman Ji.
  4. Fasting is a common practice on this day.
  5. Arrange a plate with kumkum, Akshat, sweets, and Rakhi.
  6. Apply tilak, place akshat, and tie Rakhi on the brother’s wrist, offering sweets.
  7. Brothers reciprocate with gifts as tokens of love and respect.
  8. Younger brothers may seek blessings by touching their sister’s feet.
  9. Sisters present gifts ranging from clothing to gadgets to their brothers.
  10. Women break their fast following Rakhi celebrations.

Raksha Bandhan : Significance

The sibling bond embodies understanding, protection, and companionship. Brothers and sisters stand as pillars for one another, offering unwavering support through all life’s challenges. This festival rejoices in their unique connection and celebrates their unbreakable union.

The stories of Raksha Bandhan’s significance are woven through history:

  1. Yamuna and Yama: Goddess Yamuna tied a Rakhi to her brother Yama, symbolizing protection and an unbreakable bond.
  2. Lord Krishna and Draupadi: Draupadi’s swift response to Lord Krishna’s cut finger with a torn piece of her saree led to an everlasting promise of safeguarding her.
  3. Santoshi Mata’s Birth: Santoshi Mata was created when Lord Ganesha’s sons wished for a sister and she was born from fire.
  4. Queen Karnavati and Emperor Humayun: Queen Karnavati’s Rakhi sought Emperor Humayun’s aid, culminating in a historic tale of honor and chivalry.

As Raksha Bandhan 2023 approaches, let’s celebrate this festival that echoes the timeless stories of love, protection, and cherished moments between siblings.

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