Raksha Bandhan is one of the most important celebrations that take place in India every year, at the month of Shravan during the day of the Full moon. The date of Raksha Bandhan this year, will be celebrated on the 3rd of August, 2020.
Morning: 9:26 a.m to 10:45 a.m.
Afternoon: 2:10 p.m to 8 p.m.
Raksha Bandhan is celebrated to remember and acknowledge the pure bond that is shared between a brother and a sister. The celebration is a beautiful feeling when the sisters wait to tie Rakhi- a band of love and protection, on the wrist of their brother by showering them with lots of affection and prayers and love whereas by honoring the bond of the Rakhi, the brother promises to protect their sister from every evil or harm that summons upon them.
The term Raksha Bandhan has a profound meaning. Raksha symbolizes to save and Bandhan depicts the bond. Therefore, the powerful piece of the thread indicates a bond of everlasting protection that is shared between the brother and his sister.
There are no hard and fast rules that it is celebrated between biological siblings. It is celebrated between anyone who respects the beautiful relationship of a brother and a sister.
Even in today’s era, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated at every house to mark the importance of the day. As the sisters tie the Rakhi, the brothers bless them with lots of gifts and unconditional love.
Rakhi is a very simple thread but holds the power of unconditional love. This tradition has been followed from the time immemorial when the Yamuna tied Rakhi on the wrist of her brother Yama. Not only The Yamuna but even Draupadi tied a piece of her cloth on the cut of Krishna’s finger
One fine day, Yama went to visit his sister, Yamuna. After seeing her brother’s visit after a long time, Yamuna became very happy. She cooked various different foods out of contentment. It was all to feed her brother after a long time.
Along with this, Yamuna tied the Rakhi on the wrist of Yama out of love and joy. Pleased with his sister’s love and affection towards him, Yama asked the Yamuna to wish anything she desires. The Yamuna told them that she wants nothing but to meet her brother more frequently. He was so happy by his sister’s words that he blessed the Yamuna with eternity. That is how, The Yamuna still flows with her beauty and grace, in India.
Once Krishna got a cut on his finger, due to a battle. Not being able to withstand his pain, Draupadi tore a piece of her cloth and tied it around his finger. Being overwhelmed with affection and happiness, Krishna made a promise to save her from every danger and obstacles in life. During the ‘Cheer Haran’, when Draupadi was being assaulted by the Kauravas in the room full of men, infront of her husbands, she prayed to Lord Krishna for help. Lord Krishna wrapped her with a piece of cloth. The more the Kauravas tried to pull the cloth away from her, the more Krishna kept on draping her with the piece of cloth. Thus, he saved his sister from the evil and heinous act that was done to her.
Rani Karnavati was the empress of Chittor. When she saw her state in the stage of utter danger and difficulties, she sent a Rakhi to Humayun, the Mughal emperor, with the hope to save her against Bahadur Shah’s attack. In return, Humayun readily sent his battalion to Chittor, in order to protect Karnavati from the danger that was encircling her.
In spite of these powerful mythological stories, the most beautiful and angelic message, this bond wants to convey is the love and affection of a sister for their loving brother and their brother’s undying efforts to protect their sister from every epiphany of life.
Have a great Raksha Bandhan.