WHY DO WE CELEBRATE RAKSHA BANDHAN - STORY OF THIS COLORFUL FESTIVAL
Raksha Bandhan, a colorful Indian festival that is eagerly awaited by all sisters and brothers in Hindu families is around the corner. Rakhi, as it is also known, is the celebration of the special bond a brother and sister share. This Hindu Festival is celebrated with much joy and happiness on Purnima, the last day of the holy month of Shravan.
When is Raksha Bandhan?
As per Hindu Panchang, Raksha Bandhan Date falls on the Purnima tithi in Shravan month.
What is Raksha Bandhan Shubh Muhurat?
The rituals of Rakhi should always be performed during the auspicious times of the day. Aparahna is considered the perfect time to observe all the traditions of this festival. The time of Bhadra should be strictly avoided as it is malefic and not considered viable for any auspicious work. One should always check Shubh Muhurat and Choghadiya of the day before beginning any important ritual.
How is Raksha Bandhan Celebrated?
- On this day, the sister ties a sacred thread on her brother’s wrist, puts a tilak on his forehead and performs Aarti.
- The brother promises to protect her from every difficulty and to stand by her even in the most adverse circumstances while the sister wishes for his happiness, health and success.
- The sister serves her brother with delicious treats and sweets while the brother gifts a bunch of presents and money to his sister.
- Rakhi is a symbol of love, happiness, joy, togetherness and traditions.
- Raksha Bandhan meaning and significance in Hindu culture is utmost and this is why it is celebrated with enthusiasm in every corner of India.
Raksha Bandhan History
There are many legends and stories associated with the festival of Rakhi which add to its significance in Hindu religion. Some of these stories are :
Lord Yama and Goddess Yamuna
Yama, God of Death, visited his sister Goddess Yamuna after 12 long years. She was elated and prepared a lavish feast for his brother comprising of all his favorite dishes. When he came to visit her, she welcomed him with tilak and tied a thread on his hand. Yama was moved by this gesture and asked Yamuna about the gift she wants. On which, she asked him to visit her regularly. Yama, then blessed her with immortality and promised to protect her from any difficulty.
Krishna and Draupadi
On the day of Makar Sankranti, Lord Krishna cut his finger. Draupadi, on seeing it, immediately tied a cloth from her Saree on his finger. Lord Krishna, then promised to protect her in every challenging and difficult time. This promise, he fulfilled at the time of her cheer haran, by extending her Saree and protecting her from Kauravas.
Goddess Laxmi and King Bali
King Bali was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. One day he prayed to Vishnu for protection. Lord Vishnu, pleased with his devotion, fulfilled his prayer by disguising as his doorman. Goddess Lakshmi missed Lord Vishnu in Vaikuntha. So, she disguised herself as a homeless woman and sought shelter in Bali’s kingdom. Lord Bali, being one of the kindest rulers, welcomed her and gave her shelter and in turn, his kingdom prospered. On Shravana Purnima, Goddess Lakshmi tied a sacred thread on Bali’s wrist for his protection. Lord Bali then asked her about what gift she wants on which she pointed towards the doorman. Then, Lord Vishnu revealed his identity. Bali requested Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi to go back to their abode. But, knowing Bali’s devotion, Lord Vishnu promised to spend 4 months in Bali’s kingdom.
Raksha Bandhan is one festival that is celebrated across India. People sing Raksha Bandhan songs, prepare delicious sweets, come together, exchange Raksha Bandhan wishes and make it an occasion that is packed with vibrancy, happiness, jubilation and exuberance. mPanchang wishes you all a Happy Rakhi!