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Raksha Bandhan 2023:Date, Significance, and story of the festival

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

Raksha Bandhan 2023
Raksha Bandhan 2023: Date, significance, and history

What is the date and Mahurat timing for Raksha Bandhan 2023?

Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival, a festival of brothers and sisters. The relationship between brother and sister is very precious and unique. The relationship of brother-sister cannot be described in words. This relationship between brother and sister is unique in every corner of the world. But in India, there is a special day for this occasion, called Raksha Bandhan. Rakshabandhan is celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Shravan in August. On the day of Raksha Bandhan, a sister ties a thread on her brother's wrist to protect him from all troubles, and in return, the brother promises to protect the sister. Raksha Bandhan celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters

What is Raksha Bandhan?

Rakshabandhan in Sanskrit means "The knot of protection" where "Raksha" means "protection" and "Bandhan" means bond which signifies the verb to tie. This festival celebrates the relationship between brother and sister. This festival is not limited to blood relations. It is celebrated among cousins, sisters, bua, nephew, niece, and bhabhi (sister-in-law). This year Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on 30th August 2023

Why do we celebrate Raksha Bandhan?

There are many stories behind why Raksha Bandhan is celebrated. Here are a few ancient stories.

Raksha Bandhan Story: Shri Krishna and Draupadi

Shishupal was the son of Shri Krishna's aunt. At the time of birth, Shishupal's body was strange. He had three eyes and four hands. Seeing this, the family members of Shishupal were surprised. Only then there was an Akashvani that when the right time came, Shishupala's extra eye and hand would disappear. But the person through whom this miracle will happen will be the cause of Shishupala's death. It is said that once Shri Krishna went to his aunt's place.

Seeing Shishupal there, he felt great love and as soon as he lifted Shishupal in his lap, his eyes and hands disappeared. At first, everyone was pleased, but the very next moment they became disheartened because according to Akashvani, the person who will heal his eyes and hands apart from Shishupal will become his death. When Shri Krishna came to know about this, he promised his aunt that he would forgive 100 mistakes of Shishupal. That is, even if Shishupal makes 100 mistakes, he will not cause any harm. Once, the Pandavas organized the Rajya Surya Yagya. Everyone was called to this, along with Shri Krishna and Bhishma Pitamah, Guru Dronacharya, Kauravas, all the great sages, and the kings of all the states were also invited. Shishupal was also invited. Yudhishthira supposes to worship all the mahatmas after the yagya was over.

Then a dilemma arose in his mind as to whom he should worship first. When Yudhishthira asked Bhishma Pitamah the solution to this, he took the name of Shri Krishna and said that he should be worshipped first. But Shishupal did not understand this opinion and he got angry. In that, along with Yudhishthira, Shri Krishna also started saying good and bad. Then Shri Krishna got up, asked Shishupal to remain calm, and explained that he would forgive his 100 mistakes.

But as soon as there is even one mistake of more than 100, they will kill him. But Shishupal did not listen and he insulted everyone including Shri Krishna in the gathering. Shri Krishna gave the last warning. He said that till now you have made 100 mistakes, for which you should be punished.

But according to the promise given to your mother, I have forgiven all the mistakes. If you commit one more mistake, I will kill you. Shishupal still did not listen to Shri Krishna and started insulting him. The very next moment Shri Krishna took out the Sudarshan Chakra and with one stroke separated Shishupala's head from the torso.

Because of this blood started flowing from his index finger. When Draupadi saw it, she was distraught and tore a part of her sari and tied it to his finger as Raksha Bandhan. When Shri Krishna saw this love of Draupadi, he promised Draupadi that when the right time welcome will pay for this piece of cloth that you have tied to me. After many years when Pandavas lost their wife in the game of Chaucer (Jua) to Kaurwas, they attempted to remove Draupadi’s saree which was the time when Lord Krishna protected the dignity of Draupadi.

Raksha Bandhan Story - King Bali and Goddess Laxmi

One of the most interesting legends regarding the importance of Raksha Bandhan is that of the goddess Lakshmi and King Bali. King Bali was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. Once King Bali requested Lord Vishnu to come down and protect his kingdom. At the request of King Bali, Lord Vishnu left his Dham (abode) and went to protect Bali's kingdom But after that, Goddess Lakshmi was left alone in the abode.

Goddess Lakshmi was very sad as she wanted to spend time with Lord Vishnu. She devised a plan and disguised as an old Brahmin woman went to King Bali's kingdom and sought shelter to stay there till her husband returned. While living in the kingdom of King Bali, on the day of Shravan Poornima, she tied a thread on the wrist (Raksha Bandhan) of King Bali and revealed her identity. Goddess Lakshmi had requested King Bali that her husband lord Vishnu should be allowed to return to his Dham. King Bali was touched by her concern for her husband and happily asked lord Vishnu to leave. This could be another reason for the Raksha Bandhan celebration.

Raksha Bandhan Story - Yum and Yamuna

There is one more story behind the celebration of Raksha Bandhan story which weaved around Yum and Yamuna. Yama, the god of death, had a sister named Yamuna. One day Yamraj was very distressed and upset and in such a situation he reached his sister Yamuna's house. On his arrival, Yamuna felicitated him and consoled him.

Yamuna tides a sacred thread of love (Raksha Bandhan) and protection for Yama’s wrist and prayers for his good health and well-being. His sister Yamuna fed him very good food and sweets, after which he rested for some time. He was very happy with the warmth and love of his sister that particular day was Shravan mass Poornima. From that day onwards; Yamuna started tying Rakhi (Raksha Bandhan) to her brother Yum. Yamraj was very pleased with this and he declared that whoever receives this sacred thread from his sister will live a long life. That's why whenever sisters tie Rakhi to their brothers on the day of Raksha Bandhan, they also pray for their long life.

Is Raksha Bandhan on August 30 or 31?

Rakhi Shubh Muhurat:

This year Raksha bandhan 2023 will be celebrated on 30th August 2023

Poornima Tithi Start on 30th August 2023 – 10:58 am

Poornima Tithi Ends on 31st August 2023 – 07:01 am

Time- 6:00 am to 10:57 am time is best for tying Rakhi or celebrating raksha bandhan because from 10:58 am to 09:01 pm is Bhadra time, not a auspicious time to celebrate Raksha bandhan, Poornima will end at 07:01 am on 31st August 2023.

What is Bhadra? Why Raksha Bandhan shouldn't be celebrated during Bhadra Hours?

Mahurat is very important in Vedic astrology. Hindu panchang is made up of five main elements, Tithi, waar, yoga, nakshatra and Karna. We look at Muhurats before doing any auspicious task. The Bhdra also plays a very important role in the process of finding shub Mahurat before doing any auspicious task. No matter how auspicious the auspicious time may be, if Bhadra is running then even auspicious time is not considered at that time.

It is believed that the work done at that time gets interrupted. Bhadra Mata is the daughter of God Sun and sister of Shani Dev. She has been given special importance in Hindu panchang. At birth, Bhadra Mata was going to make the whole world her food, and because of this, all the sacrificial fires, pooja, festivals or any auspicious work has begun to be interrupted then Brahma ji explained to her, and she was given place as 7th Karnas in all 11 Karnas.

The Bhadra moves all the time in three loks. When the Moon is located in Aries, Taurus, Gemini, and Scorpio, then Bhadra lies in heaven. When Moon is located in Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius, and Capricorn, then Bhadra moves in Patallok, and when Moon is located in Cancer, Leo, Aquarius, and Pisces then Bhadra moves on Earth or Prithvi lok. This year on 30th August Moom will be in The Aquarius Zodiac Sign, so Bhadra will move to Earth, because of the movement of Bhadra on Earth the whole day is inauspicious to celebrate Raksha Bandhan.

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