Raksha Bandhan is a popular Hindu festival celebrating the strength of the relationship between brother and sister, which will be celebrated this year on 30 August 2023.
People of all religions celebrate this festival every year on the full moon of the month of Shravan, in which sisters worship their brothers and tie rakhi in their hands by applying tilak.
The beginning of Rakhi is not mentioned in any of the Hindu Puranas, but there is information about the celebration of this auspicious festival.
Raksha Bandhan 2023 Subh Muhurat
The auspicious time of Raksha Bandhan in 2023 is 12 hours and this time will run from 9:28 am to 21:14 pm. The auspicious time for Janeu Sanskar is before 7 a.m.
Some Stories of Rakshabandhan According to Hindu Mythology
It is written in a Hindu Purana that when the war between gods and demons was going on during Shravan Purnima, Devraj Indra’s wife Indrani, to protect her husband, recited a mantra on a thread and tied it to his hand, due to which Indra won the war.
Since then, every year on the day of Shravan Purnima, tying a thread is considered auspicious and all Hindus have been following this practice.
Another story has been told in the Purana and according to it, once Shri Krishna’s finger was injured during the war and Draupadi, the wife of Panch Padva, seeing blood coming out of the wound, tore a part of the sari and tied it to his finger, due to this Shri Krishna made Draupadi his sister and promised to help her throughout her life.
A story is also very popular in Skandha Purana, Padma Purana, & Srimad Bhagwat, and according to it, when Danveer Danvendra Raja Bali tried to snatch the kingdom of heaven after completing 100 yagyas, then all the gods were scared and went to Lord Vishnu for help.
Then God assumed the form of Vamana and went to Bali to beg for alms and asked for his 3 steps of land, which Bali donated, but God measured the whole sky, underworld, and earth in 3 steps and sent King Bali to Patal Lok.
In Patal Lok, Bali once again pleased Lord Vishnu with severe penance and asked for a promise to stay in front of him all the time.
Because of this Lakshmi ji got upset and Narad saw her condition and suggested a solution. Then Lakshmi ji tied Rakhi to King Bali on the full moon day of Shravan month and took Lord Vishnu with her as a gift.
How to celebrate Raksha Bandhan
In the festival of Raksha Bandhan, all the sisters worship their brother by applying tilak at an auspicious time and then tying rakhi in their hands and feeding them sweets. While tying Rakhi, the sister wishes for the long life of her brother and the brother promises to protect his sister by giving her a gift.
Nowadays, there are many new designs of cheap and expensive rakhi available in the market and people buy gold, silver, and diamond rakhi according to their status, while all the brothers give their sisters different gifts like dresses, jewelry, and rupees according to their budget.
In Uttarakhand’s Kumaon, every person’s sacred thread (Janeu) ceremony is performed at odd ages like 11, 13, and 17 and the sacred thread is changed in every Raksha Bandhan. In Rakshabandhan, whose sacred thread has been performed, it is necessary to change the sacred thread and it is considered very auspicious.