Raksha Bandhan is one of the most popular and beloved festivals in India. The term literally means ‘safety’ and ‘bond’ between a brother and sister. It is a celebration of the auspicious brother-sister relationship.
As per the Hindu calendar month of Shravan, Raksha Bandhan is observed on the full-moon day or Purnima.
This year it will fall on Saturday, August 22. On this day, every sister ties a thread (Rakhi) on her brother’s wrist.
Rakhi is as a symbol of her unconditional faith in him and the bond that they share. In return, the brother also promises to keep her happy always and protect her from all troubles throughout his life. The festival celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters.
Raksha Bandhan Timing
Rakshabandhan is also known as Rakhi day, after the decorative thread sisters tie on their brothers’ wrist.
As per the Hindu Panchang, the Purnima Tithi for Raksha Bandhan 2021 will begin at 7 PM on August 21 and end at 5:31 PM on August 22.
The most auspicious time for tying the rakhi will begin at 6:15 AM on August 22 and continue till 5:31 PM the same evening.
History of Raksha Bandhan
This festival of Raksha Bandha has its roots in a popular incident described in the epic, Mahabharata.
Once Lord Krishna was flying a kite and cut one of his fingers with the thread. Then Draupadi tore a piece from her saree and tied it on Krishna’s finger to stop the bleeding. Krishna was moved by this gesture and promised her that he will protect her from all evils throughout his life.
When sisters tie rakhi to their brothers, they offer them gifts and sweets.
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