Raksha-Bandhan-2018

When is Rakhi 2018 | Date of Raksha Bandhan in 2018

When is Raksha Bandhan 2018

 

In 2018 Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on Sunday, the 26th of August (26/8/2018) in Shravana month during full moon day or Purnima day.

The name Raksha Bandhan means “the bond of protection”. The festival (also known as Rakhi) celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. During the festival, sisters tie a rakhi (a holy thread) around their brothers? wrists. The brother in return vows to look after his sister, and offers her a gift.

The best time to tie Rakhi on 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 Raksha Bandhan rituals.

Story behind the Rakshabandhan

 

According to the Hindu mythology, the story goes like this. Long ago,a battle ensued between the Gods and the Demons ,which carried on continuously for 12 long years at the end of which the Demons won. The Demons not only captured the throne of the King of the Gods-Indra, but also the entire three Worlds. When Indra lost the battle, He went to the spiritual teacher of the Gods-Brihaspati-and sought his advice. Brihaspati advised Indra to chant some mantras that would provide Him protection. Brihaspati initiated the process of chanting the mantras in the month of Shravan on a Full Moon day. During this ceremony of reciting of mantras, a thread was tightly tied around a small packet ‘containing ‘the blessings. After the ceremony, this small packet containing the protection blessings was tied by Lord Indra’s wife, Shachi, who is also called Indrani, on Indra’s right wrist. Because of these blessings, Lord Indra got back His strength to defeat the Demons and reclaim back His lost kingdom.

Currently, this festival has become synonymous with the love and bond between brothers and sisters and it can be said that it’s a festival that reinforces and reaffirms the love between a sister and brother. While on one hand, the brother promises to look after his sister and protect her all his life, on the other hand, the sister prays for the long life of her brother.

On this day, the silk thread that the sister ties on her brothers’ wrist is not just a thread, but a mark of pure, sacred and unceasing love between the two, coupled with the mantra for everlasting protection. When the sister gets married, the brother makes it a point to visit the sisters’ house and get the Rakhi tied by her.

Shubh Timings for Raksha Bandhan 2018!

 

Shubh Muhurat for the Rakhi Tying Ceremony 06:09 to 18:55
Total Duration for Rakhi Tying Ceremony 12 Hours 46 Minutes
Aparahan Time during Raksha Bandhan 2018 13:33 to 16:01
Aparahan Duration 2 Hours 28 Minutes
Pradosh Time during Raksha Bandhan 2018 Celebration 18:29 to 18:55
Pradosh Duration 0 Hours 26 Minutes
Start of Purnima Tithi 25th August 2018 at 16:46
End of Purnima Tithi 26th August 2018 at 18:55

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