Raksha Bandhan Today

Know the auspicious muhurat for tying Rakhi. Read the religious and social significance of Rakshabandhan and mythological stories related to it.


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India is the country of religions, festivals and pilgrimages. Every year, several fasts and festivals are celebrated by Indian people. Among them, Raksha Bandhan is one of the most important festivals. It represents the immense affection of brothers and sisters towards each other. Every sister and brother awaits for this festival very eagerly, as sisters tie a thread or bracelet, called Rakhi, around the wrist of their brothers. In affirmation, brothers also vow to protect and care for their sisters. As per Hindu Calendar, every year Raksha Bandhan occurs on Purnima of Shravan month.

Raksha Bandhan Muhurat 2018
Rakhi Ceremony MuhuratFrom 05:55:48 AM to 17:27:57 PM
Duration11 Hours 32 Minutes
Rakhi Aprahan MuhuratFrom 13:40:16 PM to 16:15:05 PM

Note: This muhurat is applicable for New Delhi. To know muhurat timings in your city, read Raksha Bandhan Muhurat

Rakhi Ceremony Muhurat and Puja Vidhi


On this auspicious occasion, sisters tie the sacred knot called Rakhi around their brothers’ wrists. It is highly significant to perform this propitious ceremony in a Shubh Muhurat. Following are the rituals that are performed during Rakhi ceremony:

  • Prepare your Rakhi plate. Keep Roli, Kumkum, Akshat and Rakhi on it.
  • Make your brother sit on a seat (Aasan), and apply Tilak on his forehead. Then, tie Rakhi on his right wrist.
  • Feed him sweets, then perform an Aarti of your brother.
  • After that, brothers should present a gift or money to their sisters. It is also the obligation and duty of brothers to take a vow to protect their sisters and honor their virtue.


Importance of Raksha Bandhan and Mythological Stories


Raksha Bandhan has been celebrated since ancient ages in India. From Mahabharata Era to the history of Medieval India, there are several stories mentioned about Raksha Bandhan. Some of them are mentioned below:

Story of Draupadi and Shri Krishna: There was a unique story in Mahabharata Era about Raksha Bandhan. When Lord Krishna killed Shishupal, his finger got hurt. Everyone was looking for a cloth to stop the bleeding. At that time, Draupadi tore a part of her Sari and wrapped it around Lord Krishna’s finger. It was the day of Purnima during the month of Shravana. Being grateful towards her, Shri Krishna made a promise that he will protect her. That is why, he came to her rescue during Draupadi’s Cheer-Haran by Dushasana.

Story of Sikandar and Puru: The wife of Emperor Sikandar, made his enemy Puru, or King Porus, her half-brother. She asked him to promise her not to kill her husband. Then, during the war, King Porus spared Sikander’s life. Not only this, when Porus tried to attack him, he remembered his promise to his half-sister, and didn’t attack him, and became a prisoner. Seeing the nobility of King Porus, Sikander gave King Porus his country back.

So, from the above two stories, we can see the purity and significance of this auspicious festival. Not only the above stories, but there are several stories in Indian history that have mentioned various examples of sacrifice and love done by brothers and sisters for each other.

AstroSage wishes our readers a very happy and blissful Raksha Bandhan.

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