Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Raksha Bandhan 2019 Muhurat and Puja Rituals

This Raksha Bandhan, know the right way to conduct the rituals. Also, discover the importance of fasting on Shravan Purnima, which coincides with this festival.

One of the most substantial festivals of Hindu religion and culture, Raksha Bandhan signifies the bond of love which exists between brothers and sisters. This is the reason why each and every sibling wait for this auspicious festival. In the modern times, Raksha Bandhan celebrations have gained prominence because it has found a place in other religions and cultures as well. Rakhi celebrations which have been going on since the time of the gods and goddesses have been endlessly striving to nourish the bond of a brother and a sister. With this blog, we will discover when rakhi will be celebrated in 2019 and also learn its Muhurat, importance and Puja vidhi. 

When is Raksha Bandhan 2019? 

Raksha Bandhan, states the Hindu Panchang will be celebrated on the Shukla Paksha’s Purnima during the month of Sawan. On this day, Rakhis are tied on the brother's wrist by the sisters and their longevity is sought. The brothers in turn also promise to protect their respective sisters. If you wish to know when Raksha Bandhan is falling in the year of 2019, we would like to tell you that this festival will be celebrated on Thursday, 15 August 2019. On this day, the Panchak will begin at 9:27 PM in the night. The auspicious Muhurat of Rakhi 2019 is noted down below.

                                                      Raksha Bandhan Muhurat
Muhurat to Tie Rakhi From 05:49:54 till 18:01:02
Duration 12 hours 11 minutes
Raksha Bandhan Afternoon Muhurat From 13:44:34 till 16:22:48

Note: This Muhurat is valid for New Delhi only. Know your city’s Muhurat by Clicking Here .

Raksha Bandhan ’s Importance 

Raksha Bandhan celebrations display the bond of love which exists between siblings . Lord Rama’s father, King Dashrath, laid the foundation of worshipping Shravan Kumar's on this day, which is why, Shravan Kumar is also worshiped on this day. Some other stories are also prevalent, which increases the relevance of this festival to a great extent. To begin with, it is believed that Goddess Mahalaxmi tied Rakhi on the wrist of demon king Bali, which initiated the prevalence of this festival. Along with this , it is also said that on this day, Lord Jupiter and the other learned sages created a protection band and tied it around the wrist of Lord Indra and then gained victory over the demons. This particular event also gives prominence to this festival and increases its valour. 

The queen of the Pandavas, Queen Draupadi tore a part of her saree to tie it around Lord Krishna’s hand to stop the blood that was oozing out from it. Then and there, Lord Krishna made a promise to her that he would offer her protection from each and every kind of danger. He kept his promise and came to her rescue when she was disrobed by the evil Dushashan. This is another legend associated with the festival of Raksha Bandhan and increases its relevance. 

All of the legends mentioned above give validation to the significance of Rakhi and throw light on its pious nature. It is not only a religious festivity but also an emotional one, as on this day the internal love of a brother increases, which he has for his sister. The reality is that the bond of a brother and sister is such a pious one which exhibits love and nothing else. Thus, we should joyously take part in the celebrations of this festival. 

Bhadra Kaal During Raksha Bandhan 

Bhadra is specially taken into account while tying the Rakhi during Raksha Bandhan . But, this rakhi 2019 is free from the period of Bhadra, which is why sisters can tie the holy thread on the wrist of their brothers during any time of the day.

Raksha Bandhan Puja Rituals

  • On the day of Rakhi, wake up early in the morning and wear fresh new clothes after taking a bath. 
  • Conduct the morning rituals as per your religious considerations.
  • In some places, the images of Shravan Kumar are drawn and worshipped.
  • Additionally, Sita Ram is written on some walls inside the house and food items are offered to the images. 
  • After this, take items like roli, sandalwood, rice or akshat on a palette. Also, place the rakhi which is supposed to be tied around the brother’s wrist and some sweets. 
  • After the completion of the above mentioned tasks, put a tilak on your brother’ forehead and tie the rakhi around the wrist of his right hand. 
  • While tying the holy thread, it is recommended to recite the chant given below. 
yena baddho balī rājā dānavendro mahābala:।
tena tvāṃ abhibandhāmi rakṣe mā cala mā cala।

येन बद्धो बली राजा दानवेन्द्रो महाबल:। 
तेन त्वां अभिबन्धामि रक्षे मा चल मा चल। 
  • Perform the aarti of your brother after tying the rakhi and feed him sweets with your own hands. 
  • Immediately, your brother can gift you a present or some money and touch your feet. 
  • Primarily, a sister prays for her brother’s longevity while tying the rakhi and the brother promises to protect her from mishaps.
  • Thus, the joyous celebrations of Raksha Bandhan take place in the prescribed manner mentioned above.

Raksha Bandhan celebrations to Merge with other Festivals 

This year i.e. in 2019, Rakhi will be observed on the 15th Of August, which is definitely a very special day for our nation as we were granted independence on this day. Needless to say, Independence Day celebrations will also take place with great zeal and fervour. Apart from this, this day will be also be marked as Gayatri Jayanti, Haygrib Jayanti, a celebration of Lord Vishnu’s incarnation, Shravana Purnima Vrat, Yajurveda Upakarma and Sanskrit Diwas. Thus, the festivities of Rakhi will remain quite special. On the occasion of Independence Day, the soldiers serving the nation will receive Rakhis from their dear sisters. It is a great epitome of the unending love and responsibility that one has towards his/her country. 

Shravana Purnima Fast 

The Hindu Panchang and Hindu religion gives a significant amount of importance to Purnima Tithi as on this day, the Moon is in its full form and appears completely round. Also, the fast kept on this day is considered equally auspicious to the Ekadashi and Pradosh Vrat. The Purnima which falls in the month of Sawan is known as Shravana Purnima or Shravani Purnima. The Northern and central part of India hail this occasion as Kajri Purnima. In the current year, the fast of Shravana Purnima will be observed on 15 August 2019 and its auspicious Muhurat is noted down below.

                      Shravana Purnima Vrat Muhurat 
Purnima Tithi Begins At 15:47:44 on 14 August 2019 in the afternoon
Purnima Tithi Ends 
At 18:01:02 on 15 August 2019 in the evening

According to various religious texts and customs, the traditions of taking baths in holy rivers, performing austeration and making donations, have great relevance on this day. In some states of our country, it is also known as Narali or Nariyal Purnima. Meanwhile, some natives also perform tasks like Janeu Pujan( sacred thread ceremony) and Upanayan Sanskar on this day only. If the state of Moon is not favourable in your Kundli, then it is advised to observe this fast as the vrat kept during Purnima has the greatest eligibility to wipe out the malefic effects of Moon. Wedded duos who have only one child should definitely observe the fast of Shravana Purnima. 

We wish you a joyous and prosperous Raksha Bandhan. We hope that this blog on Rakhi and Sharavana Purnima will provide you with beneficial insights. All the very best for your future!!

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