Raksha Bandhan 2019. (Image: PTI)
Raksha Bandhan, the beautiful festival of love dedicated to brothers and sisters' love, is here. Sisters tie a protection thread on brother’s wrist and pray for his long life and happiness. At the same time, brothers promise to protect their sisters. Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is celebrated on the full moon Shravan Purnima day and therefore, the festival is also called as Rakhi Poornima. To cherish this special day, spend quality time with your sibling and revisit your childhood memories. Happy Raksha Bandhan!
When is Raksha Bandhan 2019?
According to the Gregorian calendar, this festival falls in the month of August every year. This time, Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on 15 August. Independence Day and Raksha Bandhan are coinciding on the same day.
Raksha Bandhan Muhurat Timings:
Shub muhurat to tie rakhi: The appropriate time to tie rakhi to brothers is from 05:54 am in the morning to 05:59 pm in the evening.
Duration: 12 hours 05 minutes
Aparahna time Raksha Bandhan Muhurat: From 1:44 pm till 4:20 pm of August 15, 2019.
Duration: 02 Hours 37 Mins
History and significance: Although the origin of the day is not precisely known, there are several stories in mythology that refer to the festival. One of them is about the bond of trust between King Bali and Goddess Lakshmi. It is believed that King Bali confined Vishnu in his house after defeating him thrice. But Goddess Lakshmi ties a thread around King Bali’s wrist in order to get her husband back and in return asks him to mark this bond of compassion and faith. King Bali couldn’t refuse, and was forced to send Lord Vishnu to her.
Another story says that Lord Krishna once cut his finger while flying a kite. Seeing blood coming out of his finger, Draupadi ran to help and tore a piece of cloth from her sari and tied it on his finger. Lord Krishna was extremely pleased by her gesture and promised to protect her from all evil thereafter. Later, as is known, he protected her from the Kauravas.