Raksha Bandhan 2023 Date: According to the Hindu calendar, the festival of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Sawan (also known as Shravana). While India witnesses a multitude of festivals and celebrations, Raksha Bandhan holds a special significance. Each year, this festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm. On this day, sisters tie rakhi (a protective thread) around their brothers’ wrists and wish them a long and prosperous life. In return, brothers take a solemn vow to protect their sisters throughout their lives. Raksha Bandhan is a festival that spans just one day but creates lifelong bonds between siblings. However, this year, the symbol of unwavering love between brothers and sisters will be observed not just for one day, but for 2 days. Let’s explore the reasons behind this and find out on which days sisters will tie rakhi on their brothers’ wrists.
The Shadow of Bhadra on Raksha Bandhan:
Raksha Bandhan is usually celebrated on the full moon day of Sawan month, and this year, the full moon falls on August 30th. However, it is believed that there will be the shadow of Bhadra on August 30th this year. In Hinduism, it’s considered inauspicious to tie rakhi during the period of Bhadra. Thus, rakhi cannot be tied until Bhadra is over. As a result, Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on both August 30th and 31st this year.
Raksha Bandhan Date – August 30th or 31st, 2023:
As per the panchang (Hindu calendar), the full moon of Sawan month starts at 10:58 AM on August 30th and ends at 07:05 AM on August 31st. Bhadra starts from the beginning of the full moon on August 30th at 10:58 AM and continues until 09:01 PM that night. Therefore, on August 30th, the auspicious time to tie rakhi falls after 9:00 PM. On the other hand, August 31st sees the full moon of Sawan without the shadow of Bhadra, allowing sisters to tie rakhi to their brothers from sunrise until 07:05 AM. This way, Raksha Bandhan can be celebrated on both August 30th and 31st.
Auspicious Time for Tying Rakhi in 2023:
- August 30th: After 9:01 PM
- August 31st: From sunrise until 07:05 AM
Why Rakhi isn’t Tied During Bhadra:
According to mythology, it is said that Shurpanakha tied a rakhi to her brother Ravana during the Bhadra period, leading to the destruction of his entire lineage. Hence, tying rakhi during Bhadra is considered inauspicious. It’s also believed that tying rakhi during Bhadra reduces the lifespan of the brother.
In conclusion, Raksha Bandhan 2023 will be celebrated over 2 days, August 30th and 31st, due to the presence of Bhadra during the traditional full moon day. This showcases the deep-rooted significance of the festival and the enduring bond between siblings.