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Why is Rakshna Bandhan Celebrated?

Why is Rakshna Bandhan Celebrated?

The Significance of Raksha Bandhan

The festival of Raksha Bandhan celebrates the bond that is the strongest and absolutely beyond the scope of words. The bond marked by shared memories, shared childhood and the crazy times of keeping the secrets. This is the precious bond of siblings. Evidently, this special bond deserve to be celebrated and the festival of Raksha Bandhan is the testimony to this bond. The festival of Raksha Bandhan is mainly celebrated in the northern and western parts of India.

This year the festival of Raksha Bandhan is going to be celebrated on August 4.

Importance of Raksha Bandhan:

Raksha Bandhan is a celebration of unwavering love of siblings. The "Rakshabandhan" is composed of two words - Raksha and Bandhan - which means the bond of protection. On the day of Raksha Bandhan the brother pledges to protect his sister in every way. The tradition has it that the sister ties the "Rakhi" on the brother's wrist and undergoes the promise of protection and the brother also takes the complete responsibility of protection of his sister. According to the lore the sister fasts for his brother on the auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan and does not eat anything until she has tied the rakhi on brother's wrist.

History behind Raksha Bandhan:

Some of the most popular stories behind Raksha Bandhan are:

The most popular story is that of Rani Karnavati of Chittor and the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Rani Karnavati was the queen of Chittor who was a widow. The Sultan of Gujarat, Bahadur Shah attacked Chittor. The queen seeing the strength of the sultan's army and the impending invasion realised that it is very difficult to defend Chittor. The only way out she thought of was to send the rakhi to the Mughal Emperor Humayun. On receiving the rakhi the emperor got emotional and immediately set out to protect Chittor. Unfortunately, he couldn't reach on time and by the time he reached Rani Karnavati has performed Jauhar. The Emperor Humayun fought with Bahadur Shah and won and handed over the kingdom to Rani Karnavati's son.

The tale of King Bali and Goddess Lakshmi is exemplary of the sanctity of the festival of Rakshan Bandhan. The legend is symptomatic of the dedication that siblings can have towards each other. This legend perfectly describes the bond of brother and sister. As per the lore, the Demon King Bali, who was the grandson of Prahlada, was the true devotee of the Lord Vishnu. With the benediction of Lord Vishnu he had become absolutely invincible on the battle field and hence defeated all the devas. Ultimately, Lord Indra became worried about the growing strength of the King Bali. Seeing all this, Lord Vishnu camouflaged as Vamana came to Earth to rescue all the devas.

The lore has it that Kind Bali was a generous king. Keeping this trait of his in Ming, Vamana asked King Bali for space that could be covered in three strides. King Bali, considering how long the strides of Vamana the Dwarf would be, agreed to providing the space. But the Lord Vishnu assumed his original avatar and hence his three strides covered the entire Universe. Consequently, Bali was sent to the nether land. Later, the Lord Vishnu granted the title of Indra to the King Bali and called him from the nether lands. Subsequently, the Vaikuntha became devoid of the lord and due to this Goddess Lakshmi descended on the earth in the facade of Bhramin woman. She told King Bali that her husband has gone for a long time and till then she needed a place to stay. King Bali accepted her with a open heart and protected her as his sister. Hence, this is also one of the legends of Raksha Bandhan.

Why it is not right to tie rakhi during bhadra time period?

According to the popular belief rakhi cannot be tied during the Bhadra as it is considered as inauspicious. As per the scriptures, Bhadra is the daughter of Lord Sun and the sister of Shani Dev and she is also given to anger and aggression. Therefore, it is considered inauspicious to tie rakhi during Bhadra. The folklore has it that due to the fierce nature of Bhadra, Lord Bharma placed her in karan, a major part of panchang. She is also named Vishti Karan in Panchang. According to the legend, during the Bhadra Lord Shiva performed tandav. Another lore has it that Surpankha tied Ravan a rakhi during the Bhadra period and as a result Ravan died.

Rakshabandhan is a symbol of affection and attachment of siblings. On this day, sisters tie a rakhi on the brother's wrist and apply coconut and sweets etc. and apply tilak.

Raksha means protection and Bandhan means to force. On the day of Rakshabandhan, the sister prays to God for the progress and long life of her brothers.

A sloka on Raksha Bandhan is very popular in Sanskrit, in which Rakshabandhan is related to King Bali. According to Bhavishpuran, Devguru Brihaspati, made by Indrani with his hand, tied the hands of Indra and recited the following Mangalamay Shloka (This verse is the intended mantra of Rakshabandhan):

  • "Yen Badho Balliraja Danvendro Mahabal,
  • Then Tvampi Badhnami Rakshe Ma Chal Ma Chal॥ "

Its meaning is - "The Raksasutra with which the mighty generous Raja Bali was tied, I bind you with the same sutra. O Rakshe (Rakhi)! You remain steadfast (Never be distracted by your resolve.)

According to astrology, which colored rakhi is auspicious for the native of which zodiac:

Color of Zodiac

Raksha Bandhan date and auspicious time this year:

The festival of Rakshabandhan, a symbol of affection of brothers and sisters, will be celebrated this time on August 3, 2020 in Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga, Anand Yoga and Shravan Nakshatra Yoga. The coincidence of the three auspicious yogas will increase the auspiciousness of this day. Bhadra Yoga will remain till 9: 25 in the morning on this day. It is considered inauspicious to tie Rakhi in Bhadrakal.

Bhadra time will be up to 9.25 am. There will be many auspicious times on this day from morning till evening. On this day, it will be auspicious to tie a rakhi in auspicious, benefic, chaghadiya of variable and nectar or in Scorpio, Aquarius and Leo ascendant.

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