7th August 2017 (Monday)
Muhurat to tie Rakhi
Raksha Bandhan Thread Ceremony Time ~~ 11:04 to 21:12
Duration – 10 hours 8 minutes
Aparahan Time Raksha Bandhan Muhurat ~~ 13:46 to 16:24
Duration – 2 hours 38 minutes
Pradosh Time Raksha Bandhan Muhurat ~~ 19:03 to 21:12
Duration – 2 hours 9 minutes
Bhadra Punchha – 06:40 to 07:55
Bhadra Mukha – 07:55 to 10:01
Bhadra End Time – 11:04
Purnima Tithi Begins ~ 22:28 on 6th August 2017
Purnima Tithi Ends ~ 23:40 on 7th August 2017
Raksha Bandhan is a festival that celebrates the bond of love between brothers and sisters. The main ceremony involves the tying of a sacred thread, called ‘rakhi’, by a sister on her brother’s wrist. This symbolizes the sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, and the brother’s life long promise to protect her. ‘Rakhis” are ideally made of silk with gold and silver threads, and crafted with beautiful sequins and pearls.
Raksha Bandhan falls on the full moon day of the Shravan month Purnima that coincides with a date in July – August. Historically, the festival became famous when Rani Karnavati, the widowed Queen of Chittor, had sent a ‘rakhi’ to the Mughal Emperor, Humayun, when she required his help and protection. On receiving the ‘rakhi’, the Emperor was so touched that he sent his troop to help the widowed Queen.
On Raksha Bandhan, sisters prepare the worship tray, which consists of ‘rakhis’, rice grains, roli, incense sticks and sweets. After performing áarti’, they tie the decorative threads on their brothers’ wrists. Brothers and sisters give each other gifts as a token of their love and affection.
It is believed that rakhi should be tied during Aparahan time muhurat. Aparahan is the best muhurat to tie rakhi. If Aparahna time is not available, then Pradosh muhurat can also be considered to perform rituals. Bhadra is malicious time during which it is avoided to tie rakhi and to perform any auspicious work.
Wish all of you a very Happy Raksha Bandhan!