Raksha Bandhan is celebrated every year on the full moon or Purnima day in the month of Shravan as per Hindu calendar. This year, it is going to fall on the 18th of August 2016.
The timings for:
Raksha Bandhan Thread Ceremony Time = 05:18 to 14:56
Duration = 9 Hours 38 Mins
Aparahan Time RakshaBandhanMuhurat = 12:56 to 14:56
Duration = 1 Hour 59 Mins
RakshaBandhanBhadra would get over before Sunrise
PurnimaTithi Begins = 16:27 on 17/Aug/2016
PurnimaTithi Ends = 14:56 on 18/Aug/2016
It is believed that the best time to celebrate Raksha Bandhan is during the Aparahna Kaal or late afternoon as per the Hindu timings. However, if this time is not suitable, then the Pradosh Kaal should be followed to tie the rakhi and perform the rituals of this auspicious festival.
However, it is strictly prohibited to perform Raksha Bandhan festivities during Bhadra kaal. Bhadra is a malicious time which should be avoided for any kind of auspicious rituals as mentioned in the Hindu religious texts. In general, Bhadra prevails during the first half of Purnima tithi and hence no auspicious work should be undertaken during this time period. In North India, it is customary to tie rakhi during the morning hours, irrespective of Bhadra kaal, however, according to Drik Panchang’s team, this is due to ignorance and lack of information and should be avoided at all costs.
Meaning and significance of the festival of Raksha Bandhan
Every indian festival holds a great essence of relationships and is celebrated with great pomp and grandeur. Every such occasion brings the family together and unites them in a single thread of togetherness, brotherhood and love. Raksha Bandhan is one such festival which marks the significance of the special bond and affection which is shared by a brother and a sister. It is the day on which each of the siblings pray for each other’s well being and wish goodness, happiness and fulfillment for the other one. The brother takes a vow to protect his sister from every adversity for lifelong while the sister prays for the brother’s goodwill, success and prosperity.
Further elaborating on this, Raksha Bandhan indicates a bond of protection extended from the brother to his sister to protect her from every harm and trouble that she night have to face during her lifetime. The festival falls on the purnima day of the month of Shravan which happens to fall in the month of August every year. The sisters tie a silk thread, called the Rakhi, on their brother’s wrist while the brother vouches to protect the sister against all odds.
However, according to our scriptures, rakhi has just been a raksha or protection which could be tied by a wife, daughter or even mother. Even the rishis and holy sages used to tie this sacred thread, rakhi, to those who would come to seek their blessings. They even tied this thread to themselves so as to safeguard themselves against evil forces. Hence it was regarded as the ‘Papa Todak, Punya Pradayak Parva.’ In other words, it was regarded as a day which would bestow blessings and end all sins.