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Raksha Bandhan Muhurta 2015

Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi Poornima : A festival dedicated to Sisters & Brothers

Literal Meaning : What is Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is the combination of two words – ” Raksha” & “Bandhan” celebrated once a year on Poornima Day of Hindu Calendar Month – Sravana. ?It is a day when sisters tie (bandhan) up a holi thread on the wrist of brothers and remind them for their commitment to protect (raksha) sisters from all evils.

Muhurta for Raksha Badhan in the year 2015
Afternoon or Aparahan is very auspicious muhurat for this day.? Rakhi ceremony can be celebrated in Pradosh time when the Aprahan Muhurat is not available, with a caution to not perform the rituals in the Bhadra Muhurat as that is considered inauspicious.
Date?:?August 29
Auspicious Muhurta?: From?1:50 pm?onwards till?8:58 pm
Aparahan?
: From?1:50?in the afternoon to?4:10?in the same afternoon
Bhadra Time
:?10:15 am to 1:50 pm
Pradosh Kaal?: From?6:42?in the evening to?8:58?at night
Purnima Tithi
: Begins from?3:35 am?on?August 29
Purnima Tithi
😕 Finishes at?12:05 am?on?August 30

Religious Stories ? Pauranik Katha
Story 1
The festival of Raksha Bandhan has a lot of history attached to it and many different stories that are linked with the Hindu mythology. Amongst the many popular stories one states that once there was a war between the devils and Gods, in which unfortunately the devils were winning. Right then and there, Lord Indra called Lord Brihaspati for some counsel and amid that time, while his wife Indrani was already there.? Before Brihaspati could recommend something, Indrani said to them that in order for the Gods to win the fight she knows what needs to be done. Indrani arranged a talisman in Shravan’s Shukl Purnima following day and got that special necklace tied on her spouse’s wrist by Brahmins. As an after effect of which, the Gods won the fight and Indra stayed unscathed. Since that day, the ornament came to be known as Raksha Sutra and from that point onwards, Rakhi is praised on full moon in the Shravan month.

Story 2
Raksha Bandhan story is also identified with the epic Mahabharata. According to that story, Lord Krishna?s index finger was injured while he was executing ShishuPal. Seeing this Draupadi tore a bit of her sari and tied it on his hurt finger in order to stop the blood. That bit of piece of clothing worked as a Raksha Sutra for Shri Krishna and as a token of gratitude Shri Krishna chose to shield her from that day on wards. As a result of the same Shri Krishna saved Draupati in King Dhritarashra’s court when she was being disrobed.

Story 3
Another mainstream story is that King Bali once reached out to Lord Vishnu to shield his kingdom from foes. Vishnu chose to help Bali and for that, he was prepared to leave his home. But this was not what Goddess Lakshmi wished, hence she came to Bali’s home in mask of a Brahmin lady and requested a place to stay. Upon the arrival of Shravan Purnima, she tied a string on Bali’s wrist and told him the reason for her arrival. By this gesture of the Goddess Bali got touched and asked Lord Vishnu not to leave his home. Therefore Raksha Bandhan is also known as “Baleva” which depicts the commitment of King Bali towards Lord Vishnu.

?Relevance and Ritual
The relationship of a brother and sister is very unique, we fight, shout at each other but at the same time we adore one another at the end of the day. Every single moment spent with him or her is cherished for life time. Rakhsha bandhan is the day to relive all those beautiful days gone by and built some more memories of same compassion with our brothers and sisters.

As per the Hindu maas/month it falls in Shravan maas. On this day in the morning everyone gets ready in the best their attire to celebrate Raksha Bandhan also known as Rakhi Poornima or Rakhi. Sisters perform tilak ?or tika ceremony, tie rakhi on the wrists of their brothers and pray to God for their good health and fortune. In return brothers give a promise to protect them and take care of them. They also gift chocolates and other treats to their sisters as a token of affection.


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Vrat or Fasting – For Longevity and Good Health

What is Vrat/ Fast?
The literal meaning of?Fast or Vrat is?the ancient tradition in different religions to not eat anything for a day in order to please the respective deity and get the phalam/ blessing from them. Through vrat or fast a devotee depicts self control.

Process of keeping vrat or fast
Although different fasts have different guidelines attached to them on how to keep that particular fast or vrat but most commonly? in fasts the person is on liquid diet and can eat preferably fresh fruits.

Benefits of keeping fast

  • Health Benefits
    It?works as a detoxification therapy for the human body. It cleanses the body, mind and soul. All the junk food, inorganic items which we put into our system harms and imbalances our biological system. By keeping a fast for a day we are giving a break to our digestive system to restore itself.
  • Religious Benefit
    The main objective or purpose of keeping fast or Vrat is to please the Isht or God to bless ?us and fulfill the desired wish.

Who should not fast?
Fast or Vrat is not advisable for pregnant women, young children, diabetics and people suffering from sickness or any other serious ailment.

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