Raksha Bandhan 2021: Best Gift Ideas For Your Sister

Raksha Bandhan 2021 will be celebrated on Sunday, 22nd August. This festival is a symbol of love between brothers and sisters. This important Hindu festival is celebrated on Purnima Tithi of Shravan month. This year, it will be celebrated on Shravan Purnima in Dhanishta Nakshatra.

According to Astrology, there will be a great coincidence on Raksha Bandhan this year, which will increase the importance of this festival manyfold. Due to no Bhadra shadow this year, sisters will be able to tie the Rakhi around their brother’s wrist at any time of the day. For your knowledge, tying Rakhi under Bhadra Kaal is considered inauspicious. 

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On the Raksha Bandhan day this year, the Bhadra period will be upto 6:16 am. After this, there will be auspicious Muhurat for Rakhi throughout the day. Celebrating Raksha Bandhan during Bhadra Kaal is considered inauspicious. During this time, Jupiter will remain in a retrograde position in Aquarius. Besides this, Moon will also be present there.

Raksha Bandhan 2021 Shubh Muhurat

  • Thread Ceremony Muhurat: 06:14:56 to 17:33:39
  • Duration: 11 Hours 18 Minutes
  • Raksha Bandhan Afternoon Muhurat: 13:41:57 to 16:18:03 

Note: The “Muhurat” given above will be valid for New Delhi only. Click on Raksha Bandhan 2021and know the auspicious timings of your city.

Auspicious Yogas on Raksha Bandhan

Gaj Kesari Yoga will be formed on Raksha Bandhan due to the presence of Jupiter and Moon. Along with this, Shobhana and Amrit Yogas will also be formed. The Purnima Tithi will last till 5:31 pm. Shobhan Yoga will remain till 10:38 am, while Amrit Yoga will start at 5:45 am and stay upto 5:32 pm. All these Yogas will add to the auspiciousness of the festival.

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Significance of Gaj Kesari Yoga

The presence of Gaj Kesari Yoga on this day fulfills all the wishes of the natives. This Yoga is also helpful in leading luxurious life and earning respect in society. Any work done during this Yoga gives good results.   

When is Gaj Kesari Yoga formed? 

If Jupiter is situated in the angular houses from the Moon, it leads to the formation of Gaj Kesari Yoga.

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These Two Zodiac Natives Will Get Auspicious Fruits

Gemini

The Gemini natives will be full of confidence on this day, and their patience will enhance. There could be ideological differences with seniors in the job. They can get good news from the children’s side and will also be supported by their sisters.

Aquarius

Due to the conjunction of Jupiter and Moon in Aquarius, it will be a blissful day for the Aquarius natives, and the brother and sister’s bond will also strengthen. On this day, the natives might visit religious places, which will prove to be fruitful for them.

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Raksha Bandhan Puja Vidhi

On the Raksha Bandhan day, the sister ties a Rakhi around her brother’s wrist and prays for his long life. However, both the brother and sister must keep certain things in mind during the Rakhi ceremony. Let us find out the Puja rituals for Raksha Bandhan according to Hinduism.

  • Brother and sister must observe a fast before the Rakhi ceremony.
  • The Sister should decorate the plate before tying Rakhi to brother.
  • Place Rakhi, Roli, Diya, Kumkum, Akshat and sweets on the plate.
  • Apply Tilak on brother’s forehead first before tying the rakhi.
  • Sprinkle Akshat on the brother after that.
  • Sisters must tie Rakhi on their brother’s right hand.
  • Sisters should perform Aarti of their brother.
  • Touch the feet of the elder brother and take his blessings.
  • Offer sweets to brother.
  • After the Rakhi ceremony, the brother should present gifts to the sister according to his capability.
  • Sisters must recite Mantra while tying the rakhi-

“ॐ येन बद्धो बली राजा दानवेन्द्रो महाबलः।

तेन त्वामपि बध्नामि रक्षे मा चल मा चल।।“

“oṃ yena baddho balī rājā dānavendro mahābalaḥ।

tena tvāmapi badhnāmi rakṣe mā cala mā cala।।“

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Importance of Tilak and Akshat on Raksha Bandhan

In Hinduism, it is believed that on Raksha Bandhan, the sister applies Tilak of kumkum, saffron or sandalwood on the brother’s forehead before tying Rakhi. Some people also use Akshat in Tilak. There are religious significance and religious reason behind applying Tilak on a brother’s forehead, which are-

Religious significance: In Hinduism, a Tilak is a symbol of love, respect, courage, and victory. It is believed that whenever someone goes out of the house for auspicious work, the women of the house apply Tilak on the men’s forehead and prays for the completion of their work. That’s why it is considered holy to apply Tilak while tying the sacred thread on the brother’s wrist.

Scientific reason: Tilak is always applied in the middle of the forehead, and this spot is regarded as the place of the sixth sense or the fire Chakra. This is why applying Tilak increases the memory and confidence of the person, strengthens decision making ability, increases intellectual and reasoning ability, as well as increases strength and intelligence. 

Overall, the benefits of applying Tilak are necessary for a brother to protect his sister. And this is why a sister applies Tilak on her brother’s forehead.

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Significance Of Akshat In Tilak

You must have seen that while making Tilak, rice grains are often added to it. Rice is considered the most sacred grain offered to deities in Hinduism. There is a belief in Hinduism that if raw rice is mixed with Tilak and applied on the forehead, the person is infused with positive energy and evil forces stay away from them.

Gift These Items To Sisters On This Day, According To Your Zodiac Sign

  • Aries: You can gift a red, pink or yellow saree.
  • Taurus: You can give silverware or coin.
  • Gemini: Electronics like phone or car.
  • Cancer: Offer money as a gift.
  • Leo: You can give anything related to red colour.
  • Virgo: Can give a bouquet of white, green, pink flowers.
  • Libra: You can gift a gold ring.
  • Scorpio: Red, pink or yellow coloured objects can be gifted.
  • Sagittarius: Offer self-cooked food.
  • Capricorn: Gift a religious book.
  • Aquarius: Gift something of their choice.
  • Pisces: You can give them a silver coin as a gift.

Legends (Katha) Related To Raksha Bandhan 2021

The festival of Raksha Bandhan is being celebrated from the times immemorial. There is a mention of Raksha Bandhan in Ramayana and Mahabharata. So let’s read some famous mythological stories related to Raksha Bandhan.

Legend Of Draupadi And Shri Krishna

There is a unique incident related to the festival of Raksha Bandhan during the Mahabharata period, according to which Lord Krishna hurt his finger when he killed Shishupala. After this, all the people around started looking for clothes to stop the bleeding of Lord Krishna. Draupadi tore a piece of her sari at once and tied it on Krishna’s finger. It is believed that since then, the festival of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon day of Shravan month. In Hinduism, it is believed that Lord Krishna had fulfilled the debt of Draupadi’s sacrifice and affection by protecting her honour at the time of her abduction, and since then, the festival of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated.

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Legend of Santoshi Mata

Legend has it that once, both the sons of Lord Ganesh, Shubh and Labh, were upset about not having a sister. They approached their father to ask for a sister, and Lord Ganesh decided to fulfil their wish. Then Mata Santoshi was incarnated from the divine light of both the wives of Lord Ganesh, Riddhi and Siddhi. Since then, Shubh and Labh celebrated Raksha Bandhan with Mata Santoshi.

Legend Of Alexander and Porus

According to another legend related to Raksha Bandhan, emperor Alexander’s wife tied the sacred thread of protection on her husband’s enemy Puruvas i.e., King Porus’s wrist and made him her brother. She then asked Porus to promise not to kill Alexander during the war. Porus saved Alexander’s life in the war to fulfil the promise given to Alexander’s wife. It is said that Porus had many opportunities to attack Alexander during the war, but he stopped himself to fulfil the promise of Rakhi. After that, Alexander took Porus captive. However, later Alexander returned all his empire to Porus due to his generous nature. 

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