15 August (Thursday)
Raksha Bandhan Thread Ceremony Muhurat: 06:11 to 17:59
Duration: 11 Hour 48 Minute
Aparahan Time Raksha Bandhan Muhurat : 13:49 to 16:08
Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon day of Shravan (also known as Sawan) every year; that is why it is also known as Rakhi Purnima. It is the day to celebrate the brother-sister love. Sister ties the Rakhi on brother’s wrist wishing him a prosperous life and brother pledges to protect his sister. The day is also known as Rakhri in some regions. It is one of the main festivals of India.
Rakshabandhan occurs on the day when Purnima (full moon) of the Hindu month Shravan prevails during Aparahan Kaal. However, below given rules must be taken into consideration:
Aparahankaal is not considered important at many places like Punjab. Hence, they celebrate the festival before Madhyahn, i.e. usually during early morning. But, our scriptures completely prohibit Raksha Bandhan celebrations during Bhadra, no matter what the situation is.
During Grahan Sutak and Sankranti (transit of Sun), this festival is celebrated without any restriction.
Some legends are already given above in the pursuit of explaining certain Puja Vidhis. Rest of the associated legends are mentioned below:
As per the mythologies, on this day, Draupadi had tied Krishna’s wounded hand with a piece of her Saree. Being grateful, he made a promise to Draupadi that he will protect her. That is why, Krishna came to the rescue of Draupadi during Cheer-Haran by Dushasana.
There is another legend in history of the Queen of Chittor, Karmavati. She had sent Rakhi to the Mughal Emperor Humayun in order to seek help from him. Humayun kept the respect of her Rakhi and sent forces to fight for the respect of his sister from the Emperor of Gujarat.
On this day only, Goddess Lakshmi had tied Rakhi on the wrist of King Bali, after his polite request.