Raksha Bandhan is celebrated in Shravana month during full moon day or Purnima day.

The best time to tie Rakhi on Raksha Bandhan is during Aparahna which is late afternoon according to Hindu division of the day. If Aparahna time is not available then Pradosh time is also suitable to perform rituals related to Raksha Bandhan.

Raksha Bandhan rituals should not be done during Bhadra. Bhadra is malicious time which should be avoided for all auspicious work. Most Hindu religious texts, including Vratraj, advise to avoid Bhadra time to tie Rakhi during Raksha Bandhan festival.

It should be noted that Bhadra prevails during first half of Purnima Tithi. Hence one should wait for Bhadra to get over before starting any auspicious work. 

Some sources advise to avoid Bhadra Mukha and perform Rakhi ceremony during Bhadra Punchha if it has to be done during Bhadra in early morning. However our team was not able to find any authority to validate this belief.

To avoid doing Rakhi ceremony at an inauspicious time it is advisable to check some Panchang 

Raksha means safety and bandhan means bond. Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is an important Hindu festival, dedicated to brothers and sisters. On this auspicious day, sisters tie a thread on her brother's wrist and pray for his long and prosperous life. In return, the brother gives a token of love to his loving sister.

During the Mahabharata, it is believed that Draupadi tied a rakhi on Krishna's wrist when he had injured his finger while using his sudarshan chakra against the king Shishupalal. While Krishna's hand was bleeding, Draupadi tore a piece from her sari and tied it around his hand.

History of Raksha Bandhan 

According to Hindu mythology, during the time of Mahabharat, Lord Krishna had accidentally cut his finger on his sudarshan chakra. Princess Draupadi tore a piece of cloth from her saree and tied it around his figure to prevent the overflowing of blood. Lord Krishna was swamped with this kind gesture and considered that as a sacred thread. From that day, he vowed to protect Draupadi at any cost.

In Mahabharat when the Kauravas tried to shame and belittle her, keeping his vow in mind, Lord Krishna appeared and protected her from the embarrassment and humiliation while nobody there helped her. Also Read - Anupamaa Fame Rupali Ganguly Shares Heart-warming Note For Brother Ahead of Raksha Bandhan 

Significance of Raksha Bandhan 

According to Hindu norms, a sister applies tilak on her brother’s forehead and ties a rakhi around his wrist, praying for a happy and healthy life. In return, the brother gifts her with something that she likes or gives cash as a token of appreciation and love. This festival has become more of a playful exchange of gifts and understanding. This is more spirited and lightheaded filled with witty banters exchanged between siblings, friends and families. With changing times, tying rakhi is just not limited to brother-sister. People who feel safe and protected are celebrating Raksha Bandhan by tying rakhi to their elder sisters or friends or distant relatives too. The feeling of Raksha Bandhan has always been about feeling safe and protected.

Date of Raksha Bandhan 

Raksha Bandhan is celebrated in the month of Shravana during a full moon day or Purnima, as per the Hindu Panchang (calendar). Raksha Bandhan on Thursday, August 11, 2022

Pradosh Time Raksha Bandhan Muhurat - 08:51 PM to 09:01 PM
Duration - 00 Hours 09 Mins
Raksha Bandhan Bhadra End Time - 08:51 PM
Raksha Bandhan Bhadra Punchha - 05:17 PM to 06:18 PM
Raksha Bandhan Bhadra Mukha - 06:18 PM to 08:00 PM
Purnima Tithi Begins - 10:38 AM on Aug 11, 2022
Purnima Tithi Ends - 07:05 AM on Aug 12, 2022 

What is Rakhi?

Rakhi is a popular festival celebrated across the country especially in North India, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Maharashtra. Like Holi and Diwali, Rakhi is also celebrated as a national festival.

It is celebrated on the full moon day (Sravana Poornima) of the lunar Month Sravana which also coincide with Upakarma and Hayagreeva Jayanthi.
This festival is also called as Rakhi Poornima, Nariyal Poornima, Kajari Poornima, and Sravana Poornima according to the celebrations held in different states.
On the occasion of this festival generally we observe sisters tie a sacred thread called Rakhi to the wrist of their brothers, in turn brothers give gifts to their sisters and exchange sweets to mark the occasion.
While etymology of the word Rakhi could not be traced, the word Raka in Sanskrit is referred to as a woman, full moon day, sentiment, affection etc.
Perhaps, women tying the sacred thread (Rakhi) on the full Moon day on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan out of sentimental affection to their brothers connect to the meaning of the word Rakasha


Apparently, Raksha Bandhan symbolizes the unmatched bondage of love, care and respect between a brother and a sister which is renewed through the Rakhi festival.

Raksha Bandhan escalates the need for both men and women, young and old to cultivate pious feelings for each other and live in a harmonious co-existence as brothers and sisters in the society.

Thus the festival of Rakhi conveys a message that has socio spiritual significance underscoring the need for nurturing of positive qualities, purity in thought, word and deed