What is Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi Festival)?

Raksha Bandhan (Raksa Bandhan), also called as Rakhi Festival, is a Hindu festival that is celebrated majorly in India and some parts of Nepal. celebrates brotherhood and love.

Rakhi festival is usually celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Sravana in the lunar calendar.

On this day, sisters of all ages tie a talisman, or amulet, called the rakhi, around the wrists of their brothers, ritually protecting their brothers, receiving a gift from them in return, and traditionally investing the brothers with a share of the responsibility of their potential care.

What is the meaning of Raksha Bandhan?

The name "Raksha Bandhan Raksa Bandhan" is created from two meaningful Sanskrit words, Raksha and Bandhan.
Raksha: The meaning of the word, Raksha is Protection, Prevention, Care etc. This is a feminine noun that denotes a female (a sister)
Bandhan: The meaning of the word, Bandhan is Tying or Fastening. It is a masculine noun that denotes a male (a brother )
So the full name Raksha Bandha means "Protecting brother by tying a thread or amulet"

History of Raksha Bandhan:

There are many different stories on how Raksha Bandhan started first. Few of them comes from Hindu Culture and few of them are from modern day stories.

Who started Raksha Bandhan first?

The famous Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore, invoked Raksha Bandhan and the concept of tying Rakhi in around 1905 when the British empire divided Bengal, a province of British India on the basis of religion.

The poet didn't want the British to divide and rule Indians in the name of religions and thus he wanted to unite people together again, regardless of religion. He used the idea of Raksha Bandhan to spread unity and brotherhood feeling among Indians.

After the success of this, in 1911 British revised partition and unified Bengal again. This started the Rakhi Festival and it is still celebrated to cherish brotherhood and continues as people tie rakhis to their neighbors and close friends.

Also some other stories around how Raksha Bandhan started. Here are some popular ones.

Indra Dev's wife Sachi & Maha Vishnu:

There is a mention in Bhavishya Purana about how Raksha Bandhan started by Lord Maha Vishnu. Once there was a war between Gods and demons, Indra, the deity of the sky was disgraced by demon King Bhali. His wife Sachi met Maha Vishnu and consulted about this and He gave a holy thread, made of cotton. She tied it around Indra's wrist and prayed for his victory and well being. Then Indra successfully defeated king Bhali and recovered his kingdom Amaravati.

This created a festival called Raksha Bandhan and the ritual of tying an amulet (cotton thread) to their men, to save them from war and evil forces.

King Bali and Goddess Lakshmi:

According to Bhagavata Purana and Vishnu Purana, after Vishnu won the three worlds from the demon King Bali, Bali asked Vishnu to stay with him in his palace, a request Vishnu granted. Vishnu's wife, Goddess Lakshmi did not like the palace or his newfound friendship with Bali and preferred that her husband and she return to Vaikuntha. So she went to Bali, tied a rakhi and made him a brother to her. Bali asked her what gift she desired. Lakshmi asked that Vishnu is freed from the request that he lives in Bali's palace. Bali consented, as well accepted her as his sister.

Lord Krishna and Draupadi:

In the epic Mahabharat, Draupadi tied a rakhi on Krishna, while Kunti tied her rakhi on her grandson Abhimanyu, before the great war. This is made as a festival after the Mahabharat war.

Why do we celebrate Raksha Bandhan?

Raksha Bandhan celebrated to cherish the relationship between brothers and sisters, also among neighbors.

Girls usually move with their husband's family after marriage in India. Therefore to keep the relationship between brothers and sisters alive, the festival celebrated every year.

Also spiritually, for the wellbeing and success of brothers and to save them from evil forces, sisters tie rakhi and pray for them.

Raksha Bandhan 2018 - Date & Time, Muhurat:

Every year Raksha Bandhan festival occurs on the full moon day of the Shravana month of Hindu calendar, the dates may vary every year. Usually around August/September months.

When is Raksha Bandhan 2018?

This year, Raksha Bandhan/Rakhi is celebrated on Sunday, 26th August 2018.

Raksha Bandhan Muhurat time for Pooja & tying rakhi to the brother in 2018?

According to drikPanchang, the best time to tie rakhi in is during the Aparahna or the Pradosh kaal.
This year, the muhurat timings to tie rakhi on 26 August 2018 are:

  • Raksha Bandhan Thread Ceremony Time: Morning 06:17 am to Evening 05:25 pm
  • Total Duration: 11 Hours 8 Mins
  • Aparahan Time Raksha Bandhan Muhurat Timing: Afternoon 1:37pm to Evening 4:03 pm
  • Total Duration: 2 Hours 26 Mins

How to tie rakhi properly and which hand do you tie a Rakhi on?

Lord Shiva in the form of Ardhanareshwar, where Shiva is shown as Half man and half women, as a man in the right side and as a woman on the left side. So the right side is always shown as men's side and the left side is shown as women’s side.

The sister should tie Rakhi on the right hand of the brother so that her brother will protect her with full manliness. And this is the reason the priest ties the thread on the right hand of man so that his manliness will be strengthened more and more by the grace of God and he will be able to perform a man's duty perfectly.

While the sister and priest wish for protecting brother/devotee, the brother/devotee promises to take care of sister/priest. Raksha Sutra or Rakhi must be tied on the right-hand wrist.

How to tie rakhi properly in Raksha Bandhan?

  1. Sisters should apply tilak on their brothers' forehead.
  2. Prior to tying the rakhi, the sister does a ritual known as Aarti which involves lighting a candle and moving it around her brother’s face.
  3. Finally, Sisters should tie rakhi on the right-hand wrist of her brothers.

How to wish sister properly in Raksha Bandhan?

After the ritual of tying the rakhi, brothers should reciprocate their love and affection towards sisters by giving them gifts.

What are some best Raksha Bandhan gifts for brothers?

What are some best Raksha Bandhan gifts for sisters?

Women love gifts, especially sisters always love gifts from their brothers. Raksha Bandhan is a perfect occasion to gift your sister something unique, that makes her happy and remember you all her life.

We have shared some of the gift ideas that we can think of, which will make your sister(s) happy.

  • Mobile Phones:

    Not like men, women rarely change their mobile phones or invest in a good smartphone. So you can gift her a smartphone on this Raksha Bandhan. This will be a perfect gift on this occasion. Click here to see all available smartphone models

  • Gold/Diamond Jewelry:

    Women love jewelry, especially gold and diamond. They're a perfect gift to your sister(s) and let them know how valuable they're to you. Click here to check options

  • Fashion Jewelry/Ornaments:

    If you don't have enough budget to buy some gold/diamond jewelry, you can always opt for inexpensive fashion jewelry which you can buy from just INR 100. Click here to check available options

  • Handbags/Purses:

    Handbags and purses are good gifts and women love to collect them and use them at parties and functions. Also, they're inexpensive gifts and makes your sister(s) happier. Click here to check available options

  • Soft Toys:

    Who doesn't love a fluffy teddy bear? They're made with women in mind and they love them, like they love their brothers. Teddy bears available from just a few inches many feet in size. Click here to see some inexpensive all size sift toys

  • Greeting Cards:

    As like for brothers, greeting cards make the perfect gift for sisters too. It can make them feel happy with your unique message and signature. Click here to view available options.

  • Books/Novels:

    Novels/books are just another inexpensive gift idea that can save your time and effort at the last minute. You just need to know what type of books she loves or who is her favorite author of her and you can find a perfect one for her on this Raksha Bandhan. Click here to view available options.

  • Perfumes:

    There are many perfumes available in the market and it is also one of the most gifted items. Click here to view available options.

  • Cosmetic Kits:

    This can be the most useful and great gift for your sister(s). You can buy a complete cosmetic kit of her favorite brand and gift her. Click here to view available options.

  • Watches:

    As she ties rakhi to your wrist, you can tie a wristwatch back on her wrist. This will make your sister feel happy and love you more. Click here to view available options.

  • Rakhi Gift Box:

    There are many ready-made rakhi gift boxes available. You can buy as many as you want and gift to every sister and this will save your time of thinking what to buy. Click here to view available options.

  • Gift Vouchers:

    Are you not sure about what to gift? You can safely and quickly buy gift voucher(s) for your sister(s) and gift her. It will let her choose her own choice of gift. Click here to view available options.

Happy Raksha Bandhan Wishes 2018 & WhatsApp Status Messages for brothers (in English & Hindi)

A brother is a friend given by Nature.
Jean Baptiste Legouve
Friends come and go, but you my dear brother, are always there!
Catherine Pulsifer
After a girl is grown, her little brothers – now her protectors – seem like big brothers.
Astrid Alauda
If I could pick the best brother, I would pick you!
Catherine Pulsifer
Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.
Marc Brown
My brother, someone who I know I can always depend on!
Catherine Pulsifer
A brother is a friend God gave you; a friend is a brother your heart chose for you.
Proverb
It takes two men to make one brother
Israel Zangwill
My little brother, will you ever grow up….I hope not
Catherine Pulsifer
The younger brother must help to pay for the pleasures of the elder.
Jane Austen
एक भाई और बहन के बीच का रिश्ता एक तस्वीर फ्रेम और एक तस्वीर के अनुरूप है ! प्रत्येक अधूरा नहीं एक दूसरे जबकि । तुम मेरे जीवन का मणि कर रहे हैं लेकिन भाई मैं सोने के पक्ष में। हैप्पी रक्षाबंधन भाई । मैं आप सबसे पहले आवश्यक एक बार वहाँ होने के लिए धन्यवाद’
रिश्ता है जन्मों का हमारा , भरोसे का और प्यार भरा , चलो भईया, इसे बाँधे राखी के अटूट बँधन में …

Happy Raksha Bandhan Wishes 2018 &WhatsApp Status Messages for sisters (in English & Hindi)

A sister is both your mirror – and your opposite.
Elizabeth Fishel
एक भाई और बहन प्रत्येक विभिन्न सबसे अच्छी दोस्त हो और मामलों के हर राज्य में एक दूसरे की सुविधा हो सकती है, जो प्रत्येक दोस्त नहीं हो सकता! “हैप्पी राखी’
Sisters are blossoms in the garden of life.
Author Unknown
How do people make it through life without a sister?
Sara Corpening
My sisters have taught me how to live
George Wasserstein
अब मैं अपनी बुद्धि के पीछे तर्क क्या जानते हो। यह मेन अपनी प्रतिभा भाई है। मजाक कर। .. हैप्पी रक्षाबंधन मिठाई सीस ।’
What’s the good of news if you haven’t a sister to share it?
Jenny DeVries
You can kid the world. But not your sister.
Charlotte Gray
A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.
Marion C. Garretty
Sweet is the voice of a sister in the season of sorrow.
Benjamin Disraeli
Is solace anywhere more comforting than in the arms of a sister.
Alice Walker
The mildest, drowsiest sister has been known to turn tiger if her sibling is in trouble.
Clara Ortega
A sister smiles when one tells one’s stories – for she knows where the decoration has been added.
Chris Montaigne
More than Santa Claus, your sister knows when you’ve been bad and good.
Linda Sunshine
Having a sister is like having a best friend you can’t get rid of. You know whatever you do, they’ll still be there.
Amy Li

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