Raksha Bandhan also known as Rakhi means a bond of protection. Various communities celebrate this festival as a secular one. On this day, Jain priests give threads to the devotees. The Brahmins in North India change their Janai on this occasion. The festival falls on the full moon day (Shravan Purnima) of the Shravan month. This year Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on 7th August.
This ancient Hindu festival ritually celebrates the love and responsibility between brothers and their sisters. The sister performs a rakhi ritual and prays to express her love and her wish for the well being of her brother; in return, the brother ritually vows to protect and take care of his sister through thick and thin. This one festival affirms the family ties in India. One of the mythological stories behind the festival explains the time when Lord Indra lost a war and was so unhappy about it that he complained to Brihaspati (leader of the Gods). Brihaspati then prepared a raksha sutra and told him to wear it for protection.
·The core element of this festival is the tying of Rakhi to the brothers with deep emotions and taking vows by both the siblings.
·Families should draw figures on the walls of their homes or the entrances of the room and worship them with offerings of vermilion and kheer. Palm imprints are also used to decorate the entrance of a household where rakhis are stuck as part of raksha bandhan rituals. On this day, young boys should discard old Janaeu (holy white thread) for a new one.
·Nowadays, this celebration revolves around fancy meals, gifts and vouchers.
The best time to perform the ceremonies of Raksha Bandhan is during Aparahna, which is late afternoon according to Hindu division of the day. If Aparahna time is not available then Pradosh time is also suitable to perform the rituals. The practitioners should avoid performing rituals during Bhadra. Bhadra is believed to be the malicious time, which should be avoided for all auspicious work. Most Hindu religious texts, including Vratraj, advise to avoid Bhadra time to tie Rakhi during Raksha Bandhan festival.
·Try giving long lasting gifts to your siblings so as to escalate good luck in their lives.
·People seeking for success should get up early on this day, perform Dev Tarpan and worship the business place and the materials that are used in the work. You can also tie the holy thread on the entrance doors of your work place or tie rakhi on your business materials.
·Installing Siddha Shree Yantra for protection may also help you in different ways.
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