Raksha Bandhan 2023: Embracing the Spirit of Raksha Bandhan in 2023 – This joyous occasion has returned, as it does every year. Raksha Bandhan unfurls its magnificence across the nation, resonating with grandeur and festivity. A day of profound significance, Raksha Bandhan venerates the boundless affection between siblings. On this cherished day, a sister adorns her brother’s wrist with a talisman, a shield against malevolent forces. This symbol encapsulates protection and sanctuary, warding off negativity. In return, the brother pledges his safeguarding embrace, gifting tokens of affection and endearment. The sibling bond, pure and enduring, finds its expression in this celebration—a reminder to continually shower each other with profound love.
Mark your calendars for August 30th, the date when Raksha Bandhan will grace us with its presence this year. As we prepare to honor this special day, here are some noteworthy considerations:
Embracing the Puja Rituals:
Steer clear of the Bhadra timings and immerse yourself in the Raksha Bandhan rituals during the auspicious Shravan Purnima. Rise before the sun, cleansing your spirit with a pre-dawn bath, followed by offerings to the divine and ancestors (Deva and Pitra Tarpan). Embark upon the Upakarma ritual, also known as Avani Avittam. As the day progresses, during the Aparahna period, perform the central rite—tying the sacred Rakhi onto your brother’s right wrist. Ensure the brother does not sit facing south during this act. Both sister and brother should enshroud their heads with a gentle handkerchief or scarf—a symbol of respect. Embrace the essence of Raksha Bandhan puja with the Ghatasthapana ceremony.
The Purnima tithi commences at 10:58 AM on August 30 and extends until 07:05 AM on August 31. This juncture stands as the most propitious window for partaking in the Raksha Bandhan rituals.
Chanting the Mantra:
|| Yen Baddho Bali Raja Danavendro Mahabalah ||
|| Ten Tvaamabhibadnaami Rakshe Maachal Maachal ||
As we step into the embrace of Raksha Bandhan 2023, let these insights guide our observance of the rituals. May the day be suffused with the essence of love and protection, symbolizing the cherished sibling bond in all its glory.