Raksha Bandhan literally means ‘the bond of safety and security’. Women tie a ‘rakhi’ on their brothers’ (or male friend’s) hand to remind them of the promise that bounds the siblings. On this day, the brothers promise their sisters to always protect them, come what may. Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the last day of the Hindu month of Shravan.
Raksha Bandhan history, importance, and significance
Mostly celebrated by Hindus, Raksha Bandhan or ‘rakhi’ in short has great historical and mythological significance. There is a tale in the Mahabharat where Lord Krishna cuts his finger while using his divine discus and his sister Draupadi dresses up the wound with the help of the loose end of her saree. With this gesture, Lord Krishna promises to protect Draupadi always. This was evident when he protected Draupadi when she faced public humiliation at the Hastinapur royal court.
Raksha Bandhan 2021 date, timing and muhurat
Raksha Bandhan falls on the 22nd of August this year – Sunday, August 22, 2021.
According to the Hindu Calendar of this year, the ‘muhurat’ or auspicious time to tie the rakhi is as the following schedule-
Raksha Bandhan thread ceremony time is 06:15 am to 05:31 pm (duration of 11 hours 16 minutes), Aparahna time of Raksha Bandhan muhurat is 01:42 pm to 04:18pm (duration of 02 hours 36 minutes) and Pradosh time Raksha Bandhan muhurat is 07:10 pm to 09:17 pm (duration of 02 hours 07 minutes).
It is believed that, facing east when the rakhi is tied brings the brother better opportunities in his professional life.
Before tying a rakhi, you should do tilak of kumkum and turmeric and always use full grain for tilak instead of broken rice, this increases the chances of increasing your brother’s wealth.