Raksha Bandhan: Rakhi Muhurat this year; Check video

This year the auspicious festival Raksha Bandhan will fall on the 7th of August all across India and brothers and sisters are geared up to pamper each other on this special day. Rakhi shops and sweet shops all over India are filled with colorful rakhis, gifts and mouth watering sweets. A brother and sister's relationship can be defined as a mixed bag of various emotion.On this auspicious day sisters tie rakhis around the wrist of their brothers and in return get some gifts. Sisters also apply tilak on their brother's forehead and finally conclude the ritual by offering him tasty sweets and snacks. The brother takes vow to protect her sister against all the evils during her lifetime. Raksha Bandhan is celebrated in the holy month of Shravana during full moon or Purnima day.

There are various factors associated to the holy thread and bond of Rakhi. It is believed that Draupadi tied a rakhi on Krishna's hand when he hurt his finger while setting off his sudarshan chakra against evil king Shishupalal. As Krishna's slashed finger bled, Draupadi tore a piece from her sari and tied it around Krishna's hand. Krishna in return vowed to protect Draupadi against all adversities in future.

Rakhi Muhurat this year and the Bhadra Period

 It is believed that the right time to tie Rakhi on Raksha Bandhan is during Aparahna, which normally falls around afternoon. If for some reason, you are not able to tie it in the Aparahna period, the Pradosh time is also considered auspicious to tie rakhi and perform the festive rituals. According to the scriptures, Raksha Bandhan rituals should be avoided in the Bhadra phase of the day. During the Bhadra time, certain malicious energies are said to come into force. Bhadra prevails during first half of Purnima day. This year the most auspicious time to perform the Rakhi rituals is between 11:04 a.m. in the morning to 9: 12 p.m in the evening. In which the Aparahna time of Raksha Bandhan Mahurat is from 1:45 p.m. to 4:24 p.m. in the afternoon. The Pradosh Time of the Raksha Bandhan Muhurat is said to start from 7:02 p.m. to 9:12 p.m.

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Lunar Eclipse

On August 7, Lunar eclipse will begin at 10:42 pm and end by 12: 38 am. At this point, Moon will transit in Capricorn zodiac sign and Shravan Nakshatra. Which could mean that this year, one is said to find only a 2 and a half hour window to celebrate the occasion and perform the rituals. According to some experts, though the eclipse starts at night from 10.52 pm but the ‘Sutak’ (the inauspicious time before the eclipse) starts 9 hours before the eclipse, thereby reducing the overall time period of Rakhi to just 2 hours and 47 minutes.

Given below are the 'Bhadra' phase times which are best to avoid as per scriptures

Bhadra Punchha = 06:40 to 07:55

Bhadra Mukha = 07:55 to 10:01

Bhadra End Time = 11:04

Auspicious Raksha Bandhan Thread Ceremony Mahurat= 11:04 a.m to 9:12 p.m.

Duration = 10 Hours 7 Mins

Aparahan Time Raksha Bandhan Muhurat = 1:45 p.m to 4:24 p,m

Duration = 2 Hours 38 Mins

Pradosh Time Raksha Bandhan Muhurat = 7:02 p.m to 9:12 p.m

Duration = 2 Hours 9 Mins