There’s something quite special about the bond brothers and sisters share. From fights, jealousy, anger, misunderstandings, to the abundant love and possessiveness that siblings share for each other. It’s a unique bond that is to be cherished and treasured. 

Indians worldwide celebrate this bond on the day of Raksha Bandhan, a festival devoted to marking the love that siblings share for each other. It is a day to convey your love and affection for your sibling and pledge to be there for each other through thick and thin. In this blog, we look at the significance of Raksha Bandhan 2020 in Hindu culture, how it is celebrated, auspicious dates and timings, and customs associated with it. 

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Rakhi 2020 – Why is it celebrated?

Festivals are a great reason for Indian diaspora worldwide to celebrate their rich culture and traditions. Raksha Bandhan is one such festival that signifies the bond of love and affection between brothers and sisters.

In the Sanskrit language, the word “Raksha Bandhan” indicates – the tie or knot of protection”. So, as per tradition, sisters tie Rakhi (a form of a decorative thread) on the wrist of their brother and pray for their long and healthy life while the brother promises to love her sister unconditionally and pledges to support and protect her through life.

According to Nakshatras, it’s an ancient Vedic festival that is celebrated with enthusiasm in the Hindu month of Shravana, on a full-moon day and is considered very auspicious. Owing to this tradition, the festival of Raksha Bandhan is also known as Rakhi Purnima since the word “Rakhi” indicates Raksha Bandhan, while “Purnima” stands for full moon day.

Raksha Bandhan 2020 –  Auspicious Date & Timings  

Before we dive into the auspicious timings and Raksha Bandhan 2020 date in India calendar, you must understand the meaning of the terms – Apaharan Timings, Pradosha Time, and Tithi in relation to Rakhi Purnima.

  • Apaharan Time: It’s the most auspicious time to celebrate Raksha Bandhan, tie Rakhi on your wrist of your brother and pray to the Almighty for his long and healthy life. As per Hindu culture, Apaharan Time usually falls in the late afternoon.
  • Pradosha Time: In case, you miss out celebrating the Rakhi festival during the Apaharan Time, you can perform the rituals during Pradosha Time which is the second-best Muhurat as per Hindu scriptures and usually begins in the late evening.
  • Rakhi Purnima Tithi: It’s the culmination of both the auspicious timings into one and is one of the most ideal times to perform the Rakhi ceremony.

As per the Hindu calendar, here are the significant dates to celebrate Rakhi festival.

Raksha Bandhan Celebration

Date & Timings

Rakhi 2020 Date August 3, 2020
Shubh Muhurat for the Rakhi Tying Ceremony 05:49 to 18:01
Apaharan Time during Raksha Bandhan 2020 13:47 to 16:28
Apaharan Duration 2 Hours 41 Minutes
Rakhi Purnima 2020 Time during Celebration 19:10 to 21:17
Pradosha Duration 02 Hours 07 Minutes
Start of Purnima Tithi 2nd August 2020 at 09:28 PM
End of Purnima Tithi 3rd August 2020 at 09:28 PM

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Rakhi Celebrations – Traditions and customs

Indians celebrate the festival of Raksha Bandhan with joy and enthusiasm. Since it’s an important day for the siblings, preparations begin well in advance. The sisters are busy purchasing or making unique Rakhis for their brother to mark their love. It evokes a sense of pride for brothers to be wearing these custom creations, and often they are decorated extensively in an eye-catching manner. 

On the auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan, the sisters take an early bath and get dressed before welcoming everyone for a family gathering. Once everyone gathers around, the sisters perform pooja and aarti for their brothers.

They then apply the holy red Tilak and tie the Rakhi (symbolic of their wishes, prayers, for longevity, and security) on their brother’s forehead and wrist. The brothers bestow their love on their sisters by gifting them thoughtful gifts or money in the form of a shagun. The brothers also pledge to protect their sisters from any adversity.

After the ritual is performed, the family members and the siblings feed each other delicious traditional sweets like Gulab Jamuns, Rasgulla, and other delicacies. 

Raksha Bandhan 2020 – The story behind it

Similar to other Indian festivals, Raksha Bandhan too has different legends and myths associated with it. Three of the most popular legends include:

  • Krishna and Draupadi – As per lore, when Krishna cut off the head of Shishupal (his long-term enemy), he cut off his finger. Draupadi rushed to his aid and bandaged his wound with a piece of cloth. Krishna feels indebted to her and assured her of help when she needs it. 
  • Yama and Yamuna: It’s believed that Yamuna (the river Goddess) was upset by his brother Yama (the God of Death) who hadn’t visited her for 12 years. On request, Ganga asked Yama to visit her sister. Anticipating her brother’s arrival, Yamuna prepared an elaborate feast. Yama was highly impressed by the feast and the meeting and thus granted her a gift of her choice. She asked for him to visit often and touched by her gesture, Yama granted her immortality so that he can visit her as many times as he wanted.
  • Lord Vishnu & Goddess Lakshmi: To fulfill his promise to King Bali, Lord Vishnu started living in King Bali’s kingdom. Since Goddess Lakshmi waited eagerly for her husband’s return, she went to the kingdom and tied a Rakhi on King Bali’s wrist. When King Bali asked her what gift she would like, Lakshmi Ji asked that her husband be allowed to return home. 

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