Famous Brothers & Sisters Festival “Raksha Bandhan” on 3rd Aug’20August 2, 2020
Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival that celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters, and families. The occasion of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu luni-solar calendar in the month of Shravana which typically falls in the August month of Gregorian calendar.
The festival is made up of two words, namely “Raksha” and “Bandhan.” As per the Sanskrit terminology, the occasion means “the tie or knot of protection” where “Raksha” stands for the protection and “Bandhan” signifies the verb “to tie”. Together, this festival symbolizes the eternal love of brother-sister relationship which does not mean just the blood relationships only. It is also celebrated among cousins, sister and sister-in-law (Bhabhi), fraternal aunt (Bua) and nephew (Bhatija) and other such relations in India. The Raksha bandhan or rakhi symbolizes a “thread of protection”.
Traditionally, the sister ties a rakhi, a bracelet made of interwoven red and gold threads and amulets, around their brother’s right wrists while offering a prayer of happiness and prosperity. The brother then offers his sister gifts such as a piece of jewelry or money, while promising to protect her under any circumstances. During this exchange, the brother and sister traditionally offer each other sweets.
The festival is mainly celebrated by the Hindus in the northern and western parts of India along with countries like Nepal, Pakistan and Mauritius.
There are many historical evidences exist in Indian history regarding celebration of Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan.
The story of Lord Krishna and Draupadi.
For the protection of the Dharma on earth, Lord Krishna killed the devil King Shishupal. Lord Krishna was hurt in the war and left with bleeding finger. Seeing his bleeding finger, Draupadi had torn a strip of her saree and tied around his injured finger to stop the bleeding. Lord Krishna has valued to her concern and affection. He felt bounded by her sisterly love & compassion. He pledged to repay the debt of gratitude in her future. After many years, Pandavas lost their wife Draupadi in the game of dice to crooked Kauravas. They had attempted to remove the saree of Draupadi that was the time when Lord Krishna protected the dignity of Draupadi through his divine powers.
The Story of Santoshi Maa.
It is said that the two sons of Lord Ganesha namely, Shubh and Labh were frustrated that they had no sister. They asked for a sister from their father who finally obliged to their sister on the intervention of saint Narada. This is how Lord Ganesha created Santoshi Maa through the divine flames and the two sons of Lord Ganesha got their sister for the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.
The Story of King Bali and Goddess Lakshmi.
As per an account of Bhagavata Purana and Vishnu Purana, when Lord Vishnu won the three worlds from the demon King Bali, he asked by the demon king to stay beside him in the palace. The Lord accepted the requested and started living with the demon king. However, Goddess Lakshmi, wife of Lord Vishnu wanted to return to his native place of Vaikuntha. So, she tied the rakhi around the wrist of demon king, Bali and made him a brother. On asking about the return gift, Goddess Lakshmi asked Bali to free her husband from the vow and let him return to Vaikuntha. Bali agreed to the request and Lord Vishnu returned to his place with his wife, Goddess Lakshmi.
The Story of Yama and the Yamuna.
According to a legend, the god of death, Yama, had a sister named Yamuna who was saddened because Yama did not visit her for a period of twelve years. When Yama finally went to meet his sister, she was very happy and that delighted her brother. Yamuna, in turn, expressed a desire to see her brother again and again. Hearing this, Yama made his sister immortal so that he could see her again and again.
Raksha Bandhan has a deep rooted historical significance. There are many legends linked with the past of Hindu religion.
The occasion involves more than a celebration among brothers and sisters but also a pledge of moral, cultural and spiritual values. The festival and rituals of Raksha Bandhan has become so important to Hindus that brothers and sisters try to visit each other in order to bring back the solidarity of the family, binding the family together in an emotional bond of love.
In 2020, Raksha Bandhan is falling on August 3, on Monday. The auspicious time for tying the rakhi this year is after 9.28 am. The most auspicious time would be to tie the rakhi between 1.48 pm and 4.29 am
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