There is some confusion surrounding the accurate date for celebrating Raksha Bandhan, with options of August 30 or August 31. Uncertainty also surrounds the auspicious time (Shubh Muhurat) to perform the traditional rituals as siblings gear up for the festivities.
After the conclusion of Bhadra Kaal at 9:01 pm, it is considered propitious to initiate Raksha Bandhan ceremonies and engage in the celebrations with siblings. Moreover, the Poornima Tithi or Full Moon phase commences on August 30 at 10:58 a.m. and concludes on August 31 at 7:05 a.m.
This year, Raksha Bandhan falls on Wednesday, August 30. The auspicious time to tie the Rakhi and perform the ritual will commence after 9:01 p.m. following the conclusion of Bhadra.
- Bhadra end time – 9:01 pm
- Bhadra Poonch – 5:30 pm to 6:31 pm
- Bhadra Mukha – 6:31 pm to 8:11 pm
Several state governments have initiated initiatives to enhance Raksha Bandhan celebrations for women. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, has announced unique plans for August 27, where he intends to interact with women and offer them gifts as part of the Raksha Bandhan holiday.
Raksha Bandhan, an occasion that celebrates the strong bond between siblings, takes place during the Poornima Tithi of Shravan Maas. Traditionally, sisters tie Rakhis around their brothers’ wrists as a symbol of protection and well-being.
The Raksha Bandhan festivities encompass a range of customs. On this special day, sisters conduct the aarti for their brothers and pray for their welfare. They apply a tilak on their brothers’ foreheads, tie the Rakhi on their wrists, and offer sweets. Brothers express their affection by presenting gifts or money to their sisters.