Raksha Bandhan Muhurat, Pujan Vidhi, Mantra and Mythology

Raksha Bandhan is celebrated in Shravana month during full moon day or Purnima day. Raksha Bandhan, meaning "Knot of Protection" is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Hindus throughout the world. The festival stands for the beautiful relationship shared between brothers and sisters

Rakhi Muhurat

Rakhi is on 18 August 2016, Thursday.

As per Vratraj, the ritual of Raksha Bandhan should preferably be done during Aparahan time which is late afternoon according to Hindu division of the day. If Aparahan time is not available then Pradosh time is also suitable to perform rituals related to Raksha Bandhan.

Raksha Bandhan Thread Ceremony Time = 05:55 to 14:56 (best is between 13:42 to 14:56)

Purnima Tithi Begins = 16:27 on 17/Aug/2016
Purnima Tithi Ends = 14:56 on 18/Aug/2016

Raksha Bandhan Pujan Vidhi -

First rakhi is offered to Lord Ganesha and the deity of the family. Girls and women, who don't have brothers, also tie rakhis to deities of their choice. Sister on this day prepares the pooja thali with diya, roli, chawal, sweet, water, deepak and rakhis.

Before tying the rakhi, brother's head is covered with new turban or handkerchief. In case, a new handkerchief is not available people also use the palm of their right hand to cover their heads when sisters mark ‘tilak’ or ‘tikka’ on their forehead. Put the tilak on his forehead with kumkum and rice, tie the Rakhi on his right hand wrist, offer him sweets, coconut and perform the aarti. Brother touch her feet to take the blessings, vows to protect her and offer her a gift. The Mantra which should be chanted while tying Raksha Bandhan is given below -

Yena baddho balee raajaa daanavendro mahaabalah;
Tena twaam anubadhnaami rakshey maa chala maa chala!

The meaning of Raksha Mantra is as following -

"I tie you with the same Raksha thread which tied the most powerful, the king of courage, the king of demons, Bali. O Raksha (Raksha Sutra), please don't move and keep fixed throughout the year."

In many families, sisters tie Lumba rakhis to their bhabhis and pay for their protection too. When you tie rakhi to a bhabhi, Rakhi puja vidhi remains same, except that bhabhis are offered dry coconuts or gut. In turn, bhabhis offer a token cash gift or a combine Rakhi gift to sister-in-laws.

The Legends of Rakhi

When Lord Krishna had hurt his hand, Draupadi tore a piece of her saree and tied it on the wrist of Bhagwan Krishna and Krishnaji took a vow to always protect her.

It is also 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.

Now people think that this festival marks the ceremony where sister ties the Raksha (rakhi) and brothers take the vow to protect her but the vedic scriptures shows the Rishis tied rakhi to the people who came seeking their blessings.