Raksha Bandhan 2020 - All about Raksha Bandhan, History, Celebration, Rakhi, Muhurat, Wishes & Quotes

Raksha Bandhan 2020 - On 3 August 2020, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated in India to honour and cherish the relationship between brothers and sisters. As a token of love, sister tie Rakhi on their brother's wrist. Get more information about the History of Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi, How is Raksha Bandhan celebrated & Quotes in this article. 

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Raksha Bandhan 2020 - All about Raksha Bandhan, History, Celebration, Rakhi, Muhurat, Wishes & Quotes

Raksha Bandhan 2020

Raksha Bandhan or Raksha Bandhana is a Hindu festival celebrated in India. Raksha Bandhan 2020 is celebrated on Monday,  3rd August 2020. Raksha Bandhan festival is celebrated to strengthen and renew the relationship between brothers and sisters, and families, on the full moon of the Hindu month of Shravana or Shravan Poorni. Every sister waits for the day of Raksha Bandhan to tie a rakhi on her brother's wrist. Raksha Bandhan (or) rakhi symbolizes a "thread of protection".

What is the History of Raksha Bandhan?

Raksha Bandhan is an ancient Hindu festival. It is also known as Rakhi Purnima. The festival is celebrated on the full moon of the Hindu month 'Shravana'. It is an optional holiday in many regions in India. The meaning of the work Raksha is "protection" and Bandhan means "to tie". There are many ancient history or stories for the Raksha Bandhan festival.

One common story goes like this:
Raksha Bandhan is based on the battle between the deities and the demons which was held for 12 years. In the battle, the king of the deities, Lord Indra feared that they were going to lose to the demons. Indrani (Shashikala), the wife of the king, prepared a sacred thread with her religious power and tied it around her husband’s right wrist in hopes that it would protect him from the demons. As she believed, her hopes came true when the deities defeated the demons later that day and Lord Indra returned to her safely.

Another story according to a popular legend states that Draupadi tied a piece of cloth on Lord Krishna’s wrist when he hurt his finger while fighting to kill the evil King Shishupal. In return, Krishna promised to protect her.

In Medieval history, another significant version of Raksha Bandhan existed. Rani Karnavati of Mewar sent a Rakhi to Emperor Humayun and sought help from him when Bahadur Shah of Gujarat attacked Mewar. Humayun was touched by the gesture. Humayun, the Mughal ruler, left his military campaign and rushed to help the queen.

In Indian history, Rakhis were used to strengthen kingdoms and forge alliances. One of such tales associated with Rakhis is when Alexander the Great was undertaking his invasion of the India subcontinent in 326 BC. He encountered the powerful King Porus. It is said that Alexander’s wife approached Porus and tied a Rakhi on his hand to ensure the safety of her husband.

In 1905, during the Partition of Bengal, Rabindranath Tagore started Rakhi Mahotsav, a mass Raksha Bandhan festival. The aim of the festival was to instill a feeling of togetherness and love between Hindus and Muslims of Bengal. It is known that he started this tradition as a counter to the efforts of the British of creating a divide between communities.

Why is Raksha Bandhan celebrated?

Raksha Bandhan shares the concept of love and duty between siblings is universal. The festival is popular with many cultures in India and transcends its Hindu origin. On Raksha Bandhan, the sister and brother will gather together with their family to mark their relationship. The sister ties a rakhi, thread, on her brother's right wrist in front of a lamp during the ritual. It symbolizes their emotional bond and renews the vow of the brother to protect his sister.

The occasion involves a pledge of cultural, moral, and spiritual values. The festival and rituals of Raksha Bandhan have become so important to Hindus. On this day, the brothers and sisters try to visit each other in order to bring back the solidarity of the family. the festival binds the family together in an emotional bond of love.

Rakhi:

Rakhis are used to celebrate other relationships between friends and neighbors also. Rakhis are a thread made from silk with gold and silver threads. It can also be decorated with sequins and semi-precious stones.

In Nepal, the festival is celebrated by both Hindus and Buddhists. The Brahmins put the rakhis around everyone’s wrist. Rakhi is worn until Diwali.

Know Raksha Bandhan festival date & muhurat 2020

Raksha Bandhan 2020 - 3 August (Monday)
Rakshabandhan ritual time- 09:28 to 21:14
PM Muhurta - 13:46 to 16:26
Pradosh Kaal Muhurta - 19:06 to 21:14
Full Moon Date Start - 21:28 (2 August)
Full moon date ends - 21:27 (3 August)

How is Raksha Bandhan celebrated?

Raksha Bandhan begins at daybreak on 3 August. On this special festival, people wear new clothes and gather for worship. It is a tradition that on this the sister ties a rakhi or Raksha Bandhan. The sisters tie the rakhi around their brother’s wrists while offering a prayer of happiness and prosperity. The brother then offers his sister gifts such as a piece of jewelry or money and promises to protect her under any circumstances. The brother and sister then, traditionally, offer each other sweets.

After performing all these rituals, the family greet each other and gathers together to enjoy the festival. 

  • People celebrate Raksha Bandhan with food, sweets, gifts, music, and dance

  • On this day people reflect on family memories and other family members who live far away.

  • Rajasthani and Marwari communities offer a ritual to tie ‘Lumba Rakhi’ on the bangle of their brother’s wife as it is believed that the brother's wife is considered to be the better half and the ritual would be incomplete without her. The brother's wife will equally share her husband’s responsibility to ensure the well-being of his sister. This ritual is recently spreading to other Indian communities.

Raksha Bandhan - Wishes

A plate filled with sweets and Rakhi says it’s the time of the year to show your endless love to your siblings. Happy Rakhi!

Happy Rakhi from mine to yours, let’s celebrate the journey of our childhood together and enjoy this beautiful festival!

Wishing my best buddy a very happy Rakhi. Enjoy the day, dear sister.

From a chubby kid with a running nose to a beautiful woman, you have come a long way sister. Happy Rakhi!

We share a strong bond. May it grow stronger with the passage of time. Happy Rakhi!

Dear sister, may you always be happy and in the pink of health. Wishing you a very happy Rakhi!!

Dear sister, you are my best friend and I would never want to part from you. Happy Rakhi!

Dear sister, whenever you would need support or advice, I will always be there by your side. Happy Rakhi!

I will always stand by you no matter how tough the situation might be. Happy Raksha Bandhan!

Brother and sister relationship is all about quarrels and also love for each other. Happy Rakhi!

Raksha Bandhan (Siblings) - Quotes

Siblings that say they never fight are most definitely hiding something” ― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

“What brothers say to tease their sisters has nothing to do with what they really think of them.” ― Esther M. Friesner, Nobody's Princess

“You and I are brother and sister forever. Always remember that if you fall I will pick you up. As soon as I finish laughing.” – Unknown

“The greatest gift our parents gave us was each other.” – Unknown

“What sets sisters apart from brothers and also from friends is very intimate mashing of heart, soul and the mystical cords of memory.” – Carol Saline

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Raksha Bandhan - FAQ

1. When should Rakhi be removed from the wrist?

One can take off on the same day, next day, or when it comes off on its own. It is necessary that one should remember what rakhi symbolizes. It's an annual reminder of your duties towards your sister. As long as you know and follow them, it doesn't matter when you remove the thread.

2. Can brother tie Rakhi's sister?

The bond that a brother and a sister share is priceless. On this occasion, a sister ties a rakhi on her brother's wrist. This Rakhi is a sacred thread and it signifies her wishes for his prosperity and happiness.

3. Can you tie Rakhi late?

It's never too late for anything. So if you send Rakhi online to brother in India or abroad, then he can tie Rakhi even after Raksha Bandhan.