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Raksha Bandhan 2021

Raksha Bandhan Gifts, History, Myths, Facts, and Greetings.

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Raksha Bandhan is a celebration observed by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs in India and elsewhere in the world. It’s most popular wherever Hindu culture is prevalent. It’s a much awaited festival for brothers and sisters. This year, Raksha Bandhan is on August 22, 2021 and the shubh timings are August 22, 6:13 AM - August 22, 5:31 PM. It’s mostly celebrated in North India, but the festival is now an integral part of popular culture. Social media gets flooded with Raksha Bandhan celebration pictures year after year, and that in itself is an annual tradition now
Raksha Bandhan 2021 Date:
August 22, 2021

Shubh Timings:
August 22, 6:13 AM - August 22, 5:31 PM

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History of Raksha Bandhan

In the Mahabharata, when Krishna was injured while hurling his sudarshan chakra at Shishupala, Draupadi tore off a piece of her Sari to tie his bleeding index finger. Krishna promised to protect her like a brother. During the cheerharan, Krishna kept his promise and protected Draupadi like a real brother. Some say this is how the tradition of a sister tying a rakhi on her brother’s hands for his long life came to be. Brothers in turn give gifts to their sisters as a sign of affection as well as a promise of protection. The Rakhi appears in innumerable political and historical accounts as well. Rabindranath Tagore is said to have used it to restore peace in the nation amidst communal tension between Hindus and Muslims. Rani Karnavati, the queen of Mewar once sent a Rakhi to Emperor Humayun along with a letter seeking help to protect Chittor from the invasion of Bahadur Shah of Gujarat. Historians, however, have pointed out that this is most likely a fable and not a Historical fact.

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Raksha Bandhan Mythology

Raksha Bandhan figures in various mythological tales. Some of them are not about the special bond shared by siblings. In Lord Indra and Indrani’s legend, when Indra was losing to King Bali, Indrani prayed to Lord Vishnu, and was granted a divine thread of protection. In this war between the Gods and the demons, Indra emerged victorious and the thread continued to protect him from any evil. In yet another legend, Kunti, the mother of the Pandavas tied a thread on her grandson Abhimanyu's hand for his lifelong protection.


Raksha Bandhan Facts

● Rakhi is celebrated on a full moon night of the Shravan month (July/August) annually.
● In some parts of Uttar Pradesh, sisters tie a rakhi on the hands of their sister-in-law as well.
● In Maharashtra this full moon day is known as Nariyal Purnima and fishermen offer nariyal, rice and flowers to the sea god.
● Apart from North India, Rakhi is celebrated in Central India, West India, and Nepal with equal enthusiasm.


Raksha Bandhan Greetings

● Happy Raksha Bandhan! There is no friend as affectionate and loving as a sister, and I am lucky to call you mine.
● The bond we share is a timeless one. I hope you know that you can count on me through thick and thin. Happy Raksha Bandhan!
● I find my strength in you and my reason for being, and I look forward to sharing with you life’s ups and downs. In you, I’ll always find a friend and the best brother in the world. Happy Raksha Bandhan!


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