The much-awaited festival of Raksha Bandhan is just around the corner, but this year brings an intriguing twist. Traditionally falling on the full moon day of the Shukla Paksha within the Shravan month as per the Hindu calendar, Raksha Bandhan has always been a day of joyous sibling bonding.
However, 2023 presents a unique dilemma, posing a question that sisters across the nation are pondering: Should they celebrate the festival on August 30th or 31st? The uncertainty arises from a celestial occurrence that has set the stage for an unprecedented situation.
At the heart of the uncertainty is the presence of “Bhadra,” a period believed to be inauspicious according to religious beliefs. This year, August 30th coincides not only with the auspicious full moon (Purnima) date within the Shravan month but also with the lingering shadow of Bhadra. As Bhadra is often associated with inauspiciousness, this dual celestial alignment has left people unsure about which day to choose for the festivities.
Raksha Bandhan, traditionally involving the endearing ritual of sisters tying Rakhis around their brothers’ wrists, is a time-honored custom that symbolizes protection and love. However, this year, due to the overlapping presence of Bhadra, the customary celebrations might extend beyond the usual boundaries.
In line with Hindu customs, engaging in Raksha Bandhan auspicious activities during the Bhadra period is generally discouraged. This has led to a conundrum—should one opt for the more aligned but inauspicious day or the day after when Bhadra’s influence wanes?
Astrologers and pundits offer guidance, recommending that Raksha Bandhan should ideally be celebrated during the Shravan Purnima date, avoiding the Bhadra period altogether. The afternoon, particularly, is seen as propitious for tying the sacred thread, as it marks the time when Bhadra’s effects start to dissipate.
Raksha Bandhan 2023: When to tie the Rakhi to your beloved brother?
An intriguing astronomical aspect to consider is the shadow cast by the Bhadra period throughout Raksha Bandhan day. According to the Panchang, the Shravan Shukla Purnima commences at 10:59 AM on August 30, persisting until 07:05 AM on the following day, August 31. Notably, the same day sees the commencement of the Bhadrapada month as the full moon date begins. This simultaneous occurrence of Bhadra and the full moon triggers a unique situation that has gripped the attention of believers.
In light of the Bhadra’s presence, it’s advisable to hold off on tying the Rakhi on August 30th until after the Bhadra period concludes. Moreover, some astrologers caution against performing the ritual during nighttime, as it might not carry the same auspiciousness.
As August 30 marks the Sawan Purnima and the initiation of the Bhadrapada month, Raksha Bandhan celebrations can be safely conducted once the Bhadra period retreats. It’s a delicate dance between tradition and celestial alignment, leading to a Raksha Bandhan that might span multiple dates but ultimately strives to honor the essence of this age-old bond.
In a world where technology and tradition intersect, this year’s Raksha Bandhan poses a question that encapsulates the balance between honoring customs and embracing evolving beliefs. The decision of whether to tie the Rakhi on August 30th or 31st holds a unique significance, reflecting the timeless connection between human practices and the celestial realm.