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Raksha Bandhan 2020

When Is Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) 2020? - Monday, 3 August 2020

Raksha Bandhan
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Raksha Bandhan 2019Thursday, August 15, 2019
Raksha Bandhan 2020Monday, August 03, 2020
Raksha Bandhan 2021Saturday, August 21, 2021
Raksha Bandhan 2022Thursday, August 11, 2022
Raksha Bandhan 2023Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Raksha Bandhan 2024Monday, August 19, 2024

Shubh Timings for Raksha Bandhan 2020

Shubh Muhurat for the Rakhi Tying Ceremony09:28 AM to 09:16 PM
Total Duration for Rakhi Tying Ceremony11 Hours 48 Mins
Aparahan Time during Raksha Bandhan 202001:47 PM to 04:28 PM
Aparahan Duration02 Hours 41 Mins
Pradosh Time during Raksha Bandhan 2020 Celebration07:10 PM to 09:16 PM
Pradosh Duration02 Hours 07 Mins
Start of Purnima Tithi09:28 PM on Aug 02, 2020

Unknown and Interesting Facts about Raksha Bandhan

  • Other names for Raksha Bandhan are Raksha Purnima, Rakhi, and Rakhri.
  • Raksha Bandhan is not only celebrated by Hindus ..but by Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, and Sikhs also.
  • It is celebrated in the month of August.on the full moon day of Shravan Purnima.
  • Rakhi is tied on the right wrist.
  • The religious journey of Amarnath starts with Guru Purnima and ends on the day of Raksha Bandhan.
  • In Maharastra, India rakhi is known as Nariyal Purnima (coconut purnima). In some part of Nepal, it is called Shravani and Saloono.
  • The festival of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated in a unique way in Kumaon, Uttarakhand. On this day, the Marathi people change their Janeu by going to the banks of river or sea and worship the sea.
  • The male members of (RSS) Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh tied rakhis to each other for mutual brotherhood.
  • Rakhi festival is celebrated in Nepal, Mauritius, USA, Sri Lanka and UAE.
  • According to Hindu mythology, Indrani, the wife of Lord Indra Rakhi around his wrist when he was going to fight with the demons.
  • When Lord Ganesha’s sons, Shubh and Labh, saw his sister tying a rakhi to Ganesha, they asked him for a sister, Lord Ganesha granted their wish and created a daughter from the fire, who came to be known as Santoshi Maa.
  • Traditionally, the Rajputs of the medieval ages also practiced the tying of thread (Rakhi). Rajput women would tie threads around the wrists of the warriors before they marched onto battle.
  • Draupadi Once Tied Rakhi To Lord Krishna. Once Lord Krishna cut his hand while flying a kite. Draupadi immediately tore a piece of cloth from her saree and ties it on his hand. In return, Lord Krishna promised to protect Draupadi and he did so during her Cheer Haran.
  • Fearing for the life of her husband, in 326 BC when the battle between Alexander and Porus took place. Alexander’s wife approached Porus and tied a rakhi around his wrist and in return the king promised not to harm Alexander.

About Raksha Bandhan

About Raksha Bandhan

The depth of love in the brother-sister relationship is indicated by two words of Raksha and Bandhan. They are the epitome of strong blood bonded chords between both of them.

The auspicious day of Shravana Purnima in the month of August holds tremendous significance for the Hindus. On this particular day, festivals like Raksha Bandhan, Avni Avittam, Nariyal Purnima, Pavitropana and Kajri purnima are observed in various parts of India. Way before the auspicious day the people start preparing for it.

  • On this day, the family members wake up early in the morning. After cleansing their mind, body and soul they perform Puja.
  • The women in the household fast till the completion of the rituals. They prepare delicious recipes for the family and also assemble holy items for Arti in a Thali.
  • On the set Muhurat, they tie Rakhi on the wrist of their brother and perform their Arti.
  • She then makes her brother eat a piece of mithai (sweet). This sweet refers to the sweetness their relationship engrosses and has kept since the childhood days.
  • Gifts are exchanged between brothers and sisters and this is the way they show their love for each other. The rituals are followed by feast.
  • As all the family members gather under one roof, there is joy everywhere. Delicious recipes are prepared. If the woman is married the brother comes to her house and performs the rituals.


Raksha Bandhan Rituals

Significance of Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is basically a North Indian festival. But the element of enthusiasm and happiness can be seen all across the country. It falls on the Shravana Purnima, that is, a full moon day in the month of August.

If we turn the pages of history, we find that Raksha Bandhan held great importance in the lives of our ancestors. It was not merely a ritual, but they used to stand by the oath they had taken to protect their sisters. For instance, Porus spared the life of Alexander as he promised his sister, Alexander's wife, to guard her husband on the battlefield.

  • Way before the auspicious day the people start preparing for it. On this day, the family members wake up early in the morning. After cleansing their mind, body and soul they perform Puja.
  • The women in the household fast till the completion of the rituals. They prepare delicious recipes for the family and also assemble holy items for Arti in a Thali.
  • On the set Muhurat, they tie Rakhi on the wrist of their brother and perform their Arti.
  • She then makes her brother eat a piece of mithai (sweet). This sweet refers to the sweetness their relationship engrosses and has kept since the childhood days.
  • Gifts are exchanged between brothers and sisters and this is the way they show their love for each other. The rituals are followed by feast.
  • As all the family members gather under one roof, there is joy everywhere.
  • Delicious recipes are prepared.
  • If the woman is married the brother comes to her house and performs the rituals.


How is Raksha Bandhan Celebrated?

How is Raksha Bandhan Celebrated
  • On the auspicious eve of Shravana Purnima, the girls tie Rakhi on the wrist of their brothers. In turn, the brother takes the vow of protecting his sister from all the dangers that come her way.
  • Many women observe fast till the completion of the rituals. After the thread tying ceremony, the girls perform Arti of their brothers so as to invoke divine blessings to bestow on their brothers. Traditionally, the following mantra is chanted while performing Arti:

"Yena baddho Bali Raja
Daanavendro mahabalah
Tena twam anubadhanaami
Rakshe maa chala maa chala"

  • On this day sisters tie a holy thread on the wrist of their brothers, in return the brother gives her a gift and promises to protect her forever.

  • Every year on the day before Rakhi, sisters can be seen applying mehendi on their hand and buying all the things required for doing the puja before tying the thread around their brother’s wrist.

  • Brothers can also be seen doing last minute shopping for gifts to be given to their sisters; many brothers prefer to give cash, so that the sisters can buy whatever they wish to. Though Rakhi is primarily a Hindu festival, people from other religions also take part in this.

  • The brother in the celebration does not necessarily have to be a blood relation, any male can be adopted as the brother and the Rakhi can be tied on his wrist.

  • In different parts of India, the day of Rakhi is celebrated in their traditional way and is known by various other names as well.


Tradition of Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan festival is meant for brothers and sisters i.e. only for siblings. Since Vedic time Raksha Bandhan is a significant ritual which is performed .All sorts of diseases and bad omens can be avoided by performing the ritual of Raksha Bandhan. Raksha Bandhan is yearly ritual to get protection from all sort of bad things which might occur throughout the year. Raksha Bandhan should be performed during Shravana Purnima.

Raksha Bandhan is ritualistic tying of the thread, which protects the person from all sorts of evils. Raksha, in the form of sacred thread, who makes the worshipper fearless. It is believed that it was Shachi, the wife of God Indra, who created Raksha to protect her husband from demons in the war. Since then Raksha is worshipped for victory, comfort, sons, grandsons, wealth and health.


Raksha Bandhan Puja Vidhi

On the day of Shravana Purnima, a full ritualistic bath should be performed before sunrise. After bath one should perform Deva and Pitra Tarpan, a ritual to appease Gods and ancestors. The ritual of Upakarma, which is famously known as Avani Avittam, should be done in the morning.

The main ritual of Raksha Bandhan involves the worship of Raksha and tying it to the wrist in the form of Raksha Potli or Raksha bundle. The Raksha Potli should be made of unbroken rice, white mustard and the gold thread. Raksha Potli should be woven with colored fabric made of cotton or woolen and should be kept on a clean cloth for the Puja.

All Bhudeva should be worshipped and clothes should be offered to them. After Bhudeva Puja, Raksha should be worshipped and Raksha Potli should be fastened to the wrist.

It is believed whoever worship Raksha on Shravana Purnima would be happy throughout the year. In North India, sisters tie the thread on the wrist of their brothers and seek for their protection.


Rakhi Prayer

Rakhi Celebrations

Suraj shakhan chhodian, Mooli chhodia beej
Behen ne rakhi bandhi Bhai tu chir jug jee

English - "The sun radiates its sunlight, the radish spreads its seeds,
I tie the rakhi to you O brother and wish that may you live long."

Yena baddho Balee raajaa daanavendro mahaabalah
tena twaam anubadhnaami rakshe maa chala maa chala

English - I tie you the rakhi that was tied to king Bali, the king of Demons, O Rakhi I pray that you never falter in protecting your devotee.


Rakhi Customs

Rakhi has been celebrated in India with much pomp and splendor since time immemorial. This beautiful festival seeks to reaffirm the feelings of brotherhood and love amongst siblings. The entire festival is weaved around symbolism and is rich with historical significance.It involves a sister tie a sacred thread around a brother's wrist so that he may be protected by virtue of that thread and therefore lead a long life.


Rakhi Decorations

Rakhi Decorations

Decorating a Rakhi Thali: Thali is a round plate usually made out of copper, it could be bronze, silver or gold, and some also have intricate designs on them.

Traditionally the Rakhi Thali is the same as the thali for the Pooja (ceremony of prayer)of the deities at other festivals.


Different Types of Rakhis

Different Types of Rakhis

There are different types of rakhi available on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. Let’s use know more on different kinds of rakhi and choose a unique rakhi to convey love and warm wishes for your dear brother.

Rakhi is a wonderful festival which seeks to celebrate the relationship between a brother and a sister. This festival is celebrated differently in different parts of India yet the ritual of tying a Rakhi or an amulet to seek protection ‘Raksha’ remains the same all over the country. In earlier days women would tie a coarse piece of cloth with a stone tied round the center, around their brothers wrist or arm.

Gradually they moved to simple cotton threads and then of course the more colorful and softer embroidery threads.


Raksha Bandhan Gift Ideas

Rakhi Gift Ideas for Sister

Someone rightly said "A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life." and though you might share a bitter-sweet sibling rivalry with your sister, she is still the sweetest person around, isn't she? And now that the festival of Rakshabandhan is here, she deserved to be spoilt silly, and while she is busy spending hours picking the best Rakhi for you, we hope that you are equally prepared with a gift for her.


Origin of Raksha Bandhan

There are numerous Legends associated with the festival of Raksha Bandhan. In this section, we have come up some of the defining stories on Raksha Bandhan.

  • Raksha Bandhan means the sacred thread that is the symbol of a vow taken by the person on whose hand it is tied on.
  • Almost every festival in India has a mythological origin. It is believed that when Indra went to fight the Vritra( Asura), his wife tied a sacred thread on his wrist of Guru Brahaspati. Indra won over the Daitya Raja and established his granduer in Swarga again.
  • The festival of Raksha Bandhan has strings attached to Pauranic Shastras. Yamuna was the sister of Lord Yama, the God of Death. She used to tie Rakhi to Yama on every Sharada Purnima. Since then, it is the custom that girls tie rakhi to their brothers.
  • Another legend has been taken from the epic Mahabharata. Yudhishtra, the eldest son of Pandava was advised by Shri Krishna to observe the rituals of Raksha Bandhan to ensure his safety in the upcoming war. He did so and we know the amazing results. Despite the fact that Pandavas had lesser manpower and other war resources, they gained victory over Kauravas.
  • Alexander had a narrow escape due to Rakhi. In the battlefield, Porus stopped hitting Alexander with the sword remembering the Rakhi pledge. Alexander's wife tied Rakhi on the wrist of Porus and asked him to take the vow of protecting her husband.
  • Yet another story behind Raksha Bandhan, which needs a mention belong to the Mughal Era. A Rajput Princess Karnawati sent Rakhi to King Humayun and asked for help in fighting against a Gujarat Sultan. Despite, he was busy in some other work, he immediately went for Rani's help. However, it was a tragedy that Rani had already lost the battle and had committed suicide before Humayun could reach.

Mythological References

Raksha Bandhan Mythological References

Rakhi is a rather popular festival amongst Indians and people attribute its origins to one of the following incidents, however the jury is still out on this one because nobody is able to agree on one specific incident.

  • It is said that once Lord Indra, (the king of the gods) stood completely vanquished in the battle against the asuras (demons). Full of remorse he approached his Guru Brihaspati for advice. At the behest of his Guru Brihaspati, Indra's wife Sachi tied a thread around her husband's wrist to ensure his victory in the upcoming duel, which he fought with renewed zeal and emerged victorious.
  • Indian history is replete with women asking for protection from men who weren't their brothers by virtue of birth but only through the ceremonial tying of the Rakhi. Take the instance of Rani (Queen) Karnavati of Chittor, a Hindu princess, who sent a Rakhi to the Mughal Emperor Humayun when she was threatened by Bahadur Shah of Mewar. Humayun, on his part, abandoned a crucial ongoing military campaign to come to her rescue. Such is the power of the delicate thread for it binds a brother to the well being of his sister for eternity.
  • Another legend goes back to the time of the arrival of the Aryans in India. The Aryan men folk would perform Yajnas (prayers) before going to war in order to invoke the blessings of the Gods. Before departing for the battlefield their women ties sacred threads or amulets around their arms to protect them and also to remind them to uphold the honour of their tribe.
  • Once Lord Krishna was left with a bleeding finger. Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas, tore a strip of silk off her sari and tied it around Krishna's wrist to staunch the flow of blood. Touched by her concern, Krishna had declared himself bound to her by her love. He further promised to repay the debt manifold, and spent the next 25 years of his life doing just that. For all that Draupadi was the daughter of a powerful monarch, sister to a legendary warrior, and wife to five warrior princes, Krishna remained the only man she could ever truly depend on.
  • History has it that the great Hindu King Porus refrained from striking Alexander, the Great because the latter's wife had approached this mighty adversary and tied a Rakhi on his hand, prior to the battle, urging him not to hurt her husband.

Raksha Bandhan Songs

Bollywood Movies on Raksha Bandhan

Bollywood films that celebrate the beautiful bond of siblings.

Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) Messages

1.) Our togetherness is like invisible thread which is binded by our love.
Happy Rakshabandhan Bhaiya!!

2.) Remembering the strong bond of togetherness shared by you and me. Thanks for being the best protector..
Happy Rakshabandhan.

3.) A sister is a gift to life, joy to heart and friend to soul. Love you!...
Happy Rakshabandhan!!

4.) Dear sister, you are the most special woman in my life.
Happy Raksha Bandhan.

5.) I wish you "Happy Rakhi" and I pray to God for your prosperous life.

6.) On Rakhi Dear Brother
I just want to let you know
You mean the world to me
You were always there, that shows how much you really care.
I feel blessed having brother just like you.

7.) भाई बहनों में बसती हैं एक दूजे की जान
लड़ना झगड़ना हैं इस रिश्ते की शान
रूठ कर मनवाना ही तो हैं इस रिश्ते का मान
रक्षाबंधन की शुभकामनाएं!

8.) अपनी दुओं में जो, उसका ज़िकर करता है,
वो भाई है जो ख़ुद से पहले, बहन की फ़िकर करता है
रक्षा-बंधन की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं!!!

9.) आसमान पर सितारे हैं जितने, उतनी जिंदगी हो तेरी,
किसी की नज़र न लगे, दुनिया की हर ख़ुशी हो तेरी,
रक्षाबंधन के दिन भगवान से बस यह दुआ है मेरी !!

10.) आसमान पर सितारे हैं जितने, उतनी जिंदगी हो तेरी,
किसी की नज़र न लगे, दुनिया की हर ख़ुशी हो तेरी,
रक्षाबंधन के दिन भगवान से बस यह दुआ है मेरी !!


Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) Recipes

Raksha Bandhan Recipes

Bread Burfi

Ingredients
  • Breadcrumbs – 2 cups
  • Grated coconut – 1
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Oil – 4 tbsp
  • Rose Essence – 2-3 drops
  • Cashew Nuts (chopped) – 8-10

    Directions
  • Soak the breadcrumbs in the milk for about 10 minutes.
  • In a pan kept on low flame, combine sugar and grated coconut
  • stirring continuously till the sugar melts.
  • Once the sugar melts, add the breadcrumbs and stir well for about 5-7 minutes, until they get mixed well.
  • Add some oil and continue stirring.
  • Now, add rose essence and chopped cashew nuts to the mixture and mix them well until the mixture takes a creamy colour throughout.
  • Transfer the burfi mixture to a greased tray and spread evenly.
  • Allow the mixture to cool and then cut into small pieces of desired shape.

    Dry Fruit Kheer

    Ingredients
  • 1 Lite milk
  • 1-1/4 Cup sugar or as per taste
  • 10 Pieces of almond, soaked separately
  • 10 Pieces of cashew, soaked separately
  • 10 Pieces of pista (pistachios), soaked separately
  • 1 tbsp Khus khus, soaked separately
  • little saffron, soaked in warm milk

    Directions
  • Peel off the almonds and pistachios.
  • Grind all dry fruits (including Khus khus) together to smooth paste.
  • Boil the milk until reduced to 3/4 of it.
  • Add the dry fruit paste in the boiled milk and again boil until it blends well.
  • Reduce the flame and add sugar.
  • Stir constantly until the sugar gets dissolved.
  • Take off heat and finally add soaked saffron.
  •