Rakhi 2018, Raksha Bandhan 2018 Puja Vidhi, Muhurat, Timings: This year, the festival of Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on August 26, which falls on a Sunday. Know the timings and Muhurat.
Rakhi 2018, Raksha Bandhan 2018 Puja Vidhi, Muhurat, Timings

Raksha Bandhan, the festival that reinforces the bond between brother and sister is here. Raksha Bandhan is a special time for all brothers and sisters as they celebrate the bond of love and trust between them. Raksha Bandhan is a traditional Hindu festival. It includes the ritual of a sister tying a sacred thread ('Rakhi') or a knot around her brother’s wrist, symbolically expressing her love for him and seeking his protection in return. This year, the festival of Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on August 26, which falls on a Sunday.



The Shubh Muhurat to tie Rakhi will begin at 5:59 am in the morning and conclude at 5:25 pm in the evening. The full moon or Shravan Poornima has already begun at 3:16 pm on Saturday and will continue till 5:25 pm on 26 August 2018, Sunday. As per astrology, tying Rakhi during the Aprahan Muhurat is considered auspicious and the same will be observed from 1:39 pm to 4:12 pm on Raksha Bandhan 2018.


Rakhi 2018, Raksha Bandhan 2018 Puja Vidhi, Muhurat, Timings 


Raksha Bandhan is a Sanskrit word, where ‘Raksha’ means ‘Protection’ and ‘Bandhan’ means ‘to tie’, it basically means ‘to tie the knot of protection’. It is also called as Kajri Purnima or Kajri Navami in Northern India. The festival falls on the Hindu month of Shravan during Purnima Day. Raksha Bandhan is celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm in India, mostly in the North and North-Western states. 



The story Raksha Bandhan has a mythological significance as well. One fine morning, when Lord Krishna was flying a kite, he cut his finger on the string of the kite. Draupadi, on seeing blood coming out of his finger, ran to him, tore a piece of cloth from her sari and tied it on his bleeding finger. Lord Krishna was so touched by this that he promised to protect her from all evil in return. And as is known, he did protect her when the Kauravas tried to humiliate her.


Often believed to be a festival exclusive to the Hindu community, it generally is not the case. The festival of Raksha Bandhan is quite secular and an inclusive one. The significance of the festival lies in its expression of love. As the years have passed by, it has evolved in its sense and expression.


Timings and Muhurat:




The Raksha Bandhan thread ceremony will begin at 05:59 am and continue till 05:25 pm. The duration being 11 hours and 26 minutes.

The Aparahan time Raksha Bandhan Muhurat will start from 01:39 pm to 04:12. The duration is two hours and 33 minutes.

Purnima tithi begins — 03:16 pm on August 25;
Purnima tithi ends — 05:25 pm on August 26.


Puja Vidhi:


As per religious experts, the Rakhi Puja Thali must have chandan (sandalwood) and akshat (rice) for tilak, roli (sacred threads of saffron and red color), rakhi, deepak and sweets to offer to brother(s). 


The rakhi and roli should be tied on the right hand and tilak must be applied in between the brows to activate the Agni chakra, followed by performing Aarti of the brother while rhyming mantra or just praying for his good health and happiness. The siblings must then offer sweets to each other. If the brother is younger then he must take her Aashirwaad with charan sparash. Brothers can then present gifts to their sisters.


Most importantly, the family and siblings must pray for their togetherness in good and bad times, and give unconditional support to each other at all times.

Happy Rakshabandhan 2018!



source: IndianExpress
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