Raksha Bandhan is one of the most important and enthusiastic festivals of the Hindu religion that celebrates the love relation between a brother and sister. It is celebrated all around the world among people of Indian origin despite their religion or belief system. Due to its importance, it is necessary to celebrate this day on the correct date and in the most auspicious Muhurat. In this special blog by AstroSage, our expert Astrologer, Parul Verma, will enlighten you with all the important details regarding Raksha Bandhan 2023!
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Raksha Bandhan 2023: Significance
As the name suggests, Raksha Bandhan consists of two words. ‘raksha’ and ‘bandhan’ where raksha means to protect and bandhan means the bond. So, it simply means this day is about recalling and celebrating the bond of love, responsibilities, and promises towards each other.
On this day, a sister ties a rakhi (raksha sutra) around the wrist of her brother in order to pray for his protection, prosperity, good health, and overall well-being. And in return the brother promises to protect his sister from any harm and under every circumstance and offers her gift as a token of love and blessing. The festival symbolizes the eternal love of brother-sister relationship which does not mean just the blood relationships only. The occasion is meant to celebrate any type of brother-sister relationship between men and women who may not be biologically related. It is also celebrated among cousins, sister and sister-in-law (Bhabhi), fraternal aunt (Bua) and nephew (Bhatija) and other such relations.
We also find many stories in our vedas related to raksha bandhan that includes:
- Indra Dev and Sachi
- King Bali and Goddess Lakshmi
- Santoshi Maa
- Krishna and Draupadi
- Yama and the Yamuna
However, like last year, we also have concerns about what is the right day to celebrate the Raksha Bandhan this year. For the clarity of this question, we have to refer to the classics, which is the criteria of mahurat to celebrate Raksha Bandhan. So, let’s clear your dilemma in the next section.
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Correct Date & Muhurat For Celebrating Raksha Bandhan 2023
According to the classics, to identify the auspicious Raksha bandhan Muhruat, it should be Purnamashi Tithi of Shravan Month and Apran Kaal (noon time). So on this Muhurat and duration, the Raksha Bandhan festival is celebrated. However, the timing of Bhadra should be avoided.
In a situation when Bhadra is falling for the entire Aparan kaal or for an entire day like this year, then according to the classics, Rakhi should be tied during the Pradosh Kal in the evening time. Therefore, keeping this criteria in mind, we can say that 30 August after 9:03 PM is the right day and time to celebrate Rakhi 2023.
It is also important to note that in many families and households, it is not considered auspicious to tie the rakhi in the night time. For such people they can celebrate the festival on 31st of August, before 7:07 AM keeping in mind that after that it will be Padva tithi, which is also not auspicious to celebrate Raksha Bandhan rituals.
So dear readers, we hope that with the given information you can wisely choose the date and time to celebrate this pious festival this year according to your family traditions and rituals.
Let’s find out the auspicious Rakhi Muhurat according to AstroSage.
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Raksha Bandhan Muhurat as per AstroSage
Raksha Bandhan Date- 30th August 2023
Raksha Bandhan Rakhi tying ceremony time- After 09:03 PM
Raksha Bandhan Bhadra End Time- 09:03 PM
Raksha Bandhan Bhadra Punchha- 05:30 PM to 06:31 PM
Raksha Bandhan Bhadra Mukha- 06:31 PM to 08:11 PM
Do and Don’ts for Raksha Bandhan
- Wake up early in the morning and take a bath by pouring Gangajal in water.
- Do pooja as per your family tradition and take blessings from Kuldevi and Devta (Ancestral God and Goddess).
- Put Rakhi, Akshat, Sindoor, and Roli on a copper, silver, or brass plate.
- Now take this plate to the place of worship and offer the same to your Kuldevtas.
- Even worship rakhi by putting turmeric and Roli on it and pray to god to bless the raksha sutra.
- Make sure your brother is facing towards the East direction when you tie the Rakhi.
- Sisters must first apply tilak on their brothers’ foreheads.
- Rakhi should be tied on the right hand of the brother.
- After the ceremony, both brothers and sisters should share sweets and gifts.
- Brothers should then make the promise to protect their sisters from all evils and support them under all circumstances.
So in the end we wish you a very happy Raksha Bandhan. Enjoy this festival with your siblings and cousins. We hope this blog has proved helpful and informative to you.
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