When is Raksha Bandhan 2017? Rakhi Date in India: RakshaBandhan is made up of two words Raksha and Bandhan. The literal meaning of Raksha is protection and “Bandhan” means bonds or binding. (share: Raksha Bandhan status.)
The history of Rakshabandhan is based on both historical and mythological facts. It is believed that Rakhi Purnima was started with Indrani wife of Lord Indra who tied Rakhhi around her husband’s wrist for his protection. Thus the tradition was started from that day.
When is Raksha Bandhan 2017? Rakhi Date in India
There is also another Hindu mythology. It is also believed that the Lord Vishnu went to protect king Bali from the demons. Goddess Lakshmi revealed the truth and tied a Rakkhi on his wrist. The king felt protection and promise to help in any circumstances. The traditions and customs of RakshaBandhan are ancient.
The most important traditions on this day are the preparation of the Pooja Thali with Rakhis, rice particles, kumkum, Diya, and sweets. The sisters do Aarti for the brothers and put kumkum on his forehead.
She ties Rakhii on his right arm and prays for him. Brother in return gives gifts and promises to protect her in every circumstance. Among the Hindu, Brahmins take out their Mahasankalpam or thread and wear new thread called Janeyu or Yajnopavit.
In Maharashtra, the Rakhi festival is celebrated in the name of Coconut Full Moon. On this day the people throw coconuts into the sea to calm the sea god, Varuna.
This ritual not only increases the bond of brother and sister but also combines the family.
When a girl feels a friend of opposite sex has developed a kind of brother love too strong for her, she ties Rakhi on his wrist. Adding to it, Jain people also celebrate this day. It is a very famous festival in North and West India, Mauritius, Nepal, and people of Hindu Community.
Thus, Raksha Bandan symbolizes all aspects of protection of the good from evil forces. Even in great epic Mahabharata, we find Krishna advising Yudhishthira to tie the puissant Rakhi to guard himself against impending evils.
This year, it is going to be celebrated on August 7, 2017, Monday.
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