Raksha Bandhan 2022: Significance, Rituals, Muhurat and Many More

by Priya Bharti

The unique India festival that shares bond between a brother and sister, Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) is one of the pious andd biggest festival of India celebrated in foreign countries now.

According to the Hindu calendar, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the Purnima Tithi (Full Moon day) of the holy month of Shravana (a month dedicated to Lord Shiva).

On this day, sisters tie a sacred thread or a rakhi on the right wrists of their brother after performing a few rituals. It is a symbol of protection and security.

Auspicious time for Raksha Bandhan 2022

This year, the auspicious time (Purnima Tithi) will remain in effect from 9:34 am on August 11 to 7:17 am on August 12. But as per the astrologers. the auspicious time will be impaired by Bhadra, a time considered inauspicious for tying the sacred thread. Hence, rakhi should only be tied after 5:40 pm.

As per a panchang, Pradosh Kaal will remain in effect between 8:51 pm to 9:13 pm on August. This is the best muhurat to tie the sacred thread.

Significance of the festival

There are various legends around the origin of Raksha Bandhan as a festival. Out of these, the most famous is the story of Draupadi and Sri Krishna. As per the legends, the Pandavas invited Lord Krishna to to celebrate the establishment of Indraprastha as Yudishthir’s kingdom.

Shishupal, the estranged cousin of Shri Krishna was also present during the event. He humiliated Lord Krishna in front of all the guests. Therefore, Shri Krishna fired his Sudarshana Chakra to punish him. However, the Chakra made a deep cut on his finger when returned to Shri Krishna’s hand. When Draupadi, who was his closest friend, saw this she immediately tore a piece of her clothing to cover his wound. Shri Krishna was moved by Draupadi’s gesture. Later, when the Pandavas failed to protect her honour from Dushasana, it was Shri Krishna who came to her rescue.

How long should you wear rakhi?

There is no stipulated time mentioned in the scriptures to remove the sacred thread. You can also remove it one day after of the festival.

Raksha Bandhan rituals

Apply tilak on your brother’s forehead

Now shower him with akshat.

Once your brother has covered the crown of his head, place a coconut on his palms.

As your brother holds the coconut in his left hand, tie the Rakhi around his right wrist.

Offer a piece of sweet to him and perform the aarti.

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