Raksha Bandhan, which literally means “security” and “bond”, celebrates the unwavering brother-sister relationship. Observed on the day of the full moon or Purnima in the Hindu calendar month of shravan, it falls on August 22 this year. On this day, each sister ties a thread around her brother’s wrist as a symbol of her unconditional faith in him and of her prayers for his long life. In return, the brother promises to always keep her happy and to protect her from all troubles all his life.
Raksha Bandhan 2021 times
Raksha Bandhan is also known as Rakhi in many parts of India, after the ornamental wire sisters who tie around the wrists of their brothers. While it can be celebrated throughout the day, there is a certain time when this ancient ritual of tying the rakhi must be done.
According to the Hindu Panchang, the Purnima Tithi for Raksha Bandhan 2021 starts on August 21 at 7:00 PM and ends on August 22 at 5:31 PM.
But the auspicious time for tying the rakhi starts on August 22 at 6:15 AM and lasts until 5:31 PM the same evening.
History of Raksha Bandhan
Raksha Bandhan has its roots in a popular incident described in the epic Mahabharata. Once Lord Krishna was flying a kite and cut one of his fingers with the thread. Then Draupadi tore a piece of her sari and tied it to Krishna’s finger to stop the bleeding. Moved by the gesture, Krishna promised her that he would protect her from all evil all his life.
Nowadays, when sisters tie rakhi, brothers offer them gifts and sweets. Sweet dishes are cooked at home and all family members wear new clothes.