Bhubaneswar, Aug 29: The nation will be celebrating Raksha Bandhan tomorrow- a significant festival for Hindus, is steeped in rich symbolism and stories, with one legend tracing back to the epic Mahabharata.
According to this mythological tale, Lord Krishna once accidentally wounded his finger with the Sudarshan Chakra. Witnessing this, Draupadi swiftly tore a piece of cloth from her saree and bound it around the wound, to stop the flow of blood. Touched deeply by her spontaneous act of care, Lord Krishna pledged to be her eternal protector. Lord Krishna, deeply touched by her gesture, promised to protect her forever. He fulfilled this promise when Draupadi faced public humiliation in the royal court of Hastinapur when the Kauravas tried to shame her.
Rakhi has gained a symbolic meaning in Hindu culture. It emphasizes the significance of the bond between siblings.
Raksha Bandhan 2023 Celebrations:
Raksha Bandhan is celebrated with pomp across the country. The ritual commences as sisters perform aarti for their brothers, apply a tilak on their foreheads, and delicately tie a Rakhi around their wrists, exchange delectable sweets, and share thoughtful gifts. In return, the brothers promise to protect and cherish their sisters. Nowadays, siblings also buy Rakhis that signify their special bond.
This year, Raksha Bandhan falls on August 30 and 31. According to Drik Panchang, the two dates are because of Bhadra Kaal, during which one should not perform Raksha Bandhan rituals.
According to Drik Panchang, this year Raksha Bandhan will fall on August 30, 2023. The Purnima Tithi will begin at 10:58am on Aug 30, 2023 and end at 7:05am on August 31.
What is Bhadra Kaal and it’s significance?
Bhadra Kaal refers to a specific period during the day that is considered unfavorable for starting important tasks or ceremonies. Bhadra Kaal is believed to be a time when certain planetary configurations create negative energy and cosmic influences.