Raksha Bandhan History: Why Do We Celebrate Raksha Bandhan?

History & Significance of Raksha Bandhan: Rakhi is a primarily Hindu festival that has been observed from ancient times. The festival is observed every year on (a full Moon Day) Shravan Purnima, which falls between July and August on the Gregorian calendar. The festival is a celebration of the sacred bond between a brother and a sister. Sisters tie threads on her brothers’ wrists with prayers for their safety, while brothers give her presents promising to protect her. People of Indian origin all around the world celebrate Rakhi Purnima on this day.

Why Do We Celebrate Raksha Bandhan?
Why Do We Celebrate Raksha Bandhan?

Meaning of Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan simply means “protection knot,” Raksha and Bandhan are the two words that make up the festival. The festival is known in Sanskrit as “the sacred knot of protection,” where “Raksha” represents protection or care and “Bandhan” represents sacred knot. Together, the festival signifies the eternal love of brother-sister bonds. After a brief traditional worship ceremony on the day of the event, sisters tie a rakhi on their brother’s wrists. After then, brothers are expected to deliver gifts to their sisters and attend a traditional meal with the rest of the family.

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History & Significance of Rakhi: Why do we celebrate Raksha Bandhan?

Many different legends explain the origins of Raksha Bandhan. They are mythical in some instances and historical in others.

King Bali and Goddess Lakshmi- According to the Bhagavata Purana and Vishnu Purana, after Lord Vishnu defeated the demon King Bali and gained the three realms, the demon king begged him to reside in the palace with him. The Lord agreed to the request and began a relationship with the demon king. Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Vishnu’s wife desired to return to Vaikuntha, Lord Vishnu’s birthplace. So she made Bali, the demon king, a brother by tying Rakhi on King Bali’s wrist on Shravana Purnima, the full moon day. King Bali was moved by the kindness and agreed to the request, and Lord Vishnu and his wife Goddess Lakshmi returned to their home. On Shravana Purnima, it is believed to have been a tradition to call one’s sister to tie the auspicious thread of Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan.

According to the Mahabharata, when Queen Draupadi put a piece of yellow cloth torn from her clothing on Krishna’s wrist to treat his wounded in the Mahabharata. Krishna promised her that he would protect her against all evils for the rest of his life.

Since then Raksha Bandhan celebrates as a symbol of the bond between brothers and sisters. The festival celebrates any brother-sister relationship that exists between men and women who are not biologically related. A sister ties a rakhi on her brother’s wrist on this day to pray for his success, health, and well-being. In exchange, the brother gives his sister presents and promises to protect her from risk in any situation. The occasion is also celebrated by distant family members, relatives, or cousins who are brothers and sisters.

Date & Muhurat of Raksha Bandhan 2022

Purnima Tithi for Raksha festival 2022 will begin at 10:38 AM on August 11, 2022, and end at 07:05 AM on August 12, according to the Hindu Panchang. However, the auspicious hour for tying the rakhi will be at 8:51 p.m. and will last till 9:10 p.m. the same evening.

How to celebrate Raksha Bandhan?

Everyone gets up early on the day of Raksha Bandhan and takes a bath. They then do puja and perform the Gods’ aarti. The sisters then apply a roli and chawal tika to their brothers’ foreheads, tie the holy colorful thread (rakhi) on their wrists, and offer sweets to them. The brothers then give their sisters gifts.

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