Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi): History, Significance and Shubh Muhrat
Rakhi Shubh Muhrat: One of the most popular festivals of the Hindu community, Raksha Bandhan is observed as the day to honour the relationship between a brother and sister. In English, ‘Raksha Bandhan‘ translates to ‘the bond of protection, obligation or care’. According to the Hindu calendar, Raksha Bandhan falls on the last day of the lunar calendar month of Shravan.
Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival celebrating the relationship between brothers and sisters. This year, Rakhi will be celebrated on 15 August.
Raksha Bandhan is a monsoon festival, which has a deeper meaning. The rainy season eradicates all the filth and convolutions of life. The season gives us affluence and a new hope to relish life to its fullest. That is why the Shravan month is considered as holy to celebrate the untainted bondage of love between siblings and the advent of good fortune.
Raksha Bandhan: History and Significance
- The origin of Raksha Bandhan goes as far as the era of Gods and Goddesses.
- According to a popular legend, Draupadi tied a piece of cloth on Lord Krishna’s wrist when he hurt his finger while fighting to kill the evil King Shishupal. Krishna, in return, promised to protect her.
- Medieval history has another significant version about a brother’s promise to his sister.
- When under attack by Bahadur Shah of Gujarat, Rani Karnavati of Mewar sent a Rakhi to Emperor Humayun and sought help from him. Touched by the gesture, the Mughal ruler abandoned his military campaign and rushed to help the queen without wasting any time.
- During the Partition of Bengal in 1905, Rabindranath Tagore started Rakhi Mahotsav – a mass Raksha Bandhan festival, to instil a feeling of togetherness and love between Hindus and Muslims of Bengal.
- It is known that he started this tradition as a counter to the efforts of the British of creating a divide between communities.
Rakhi Shubh Muhrat:
- Auspicious time to tie Rakhi – 5:53 am to 17:58 pm
- Poornima Tithi Begins – 13:45 pm
- Poornima Tithi Ends – 16:20 pm
Rakhi: A Celebration of Change
The rainy season of monsoon also denotes change, which is needed to pave the way for a new one. Therefore, the community of Brahmins in Orissa, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu observe the day of Shravan Purnima as Upakaram.