India is a country where the whole year is marked by events and festivals in various cultures and religions. One of the main festivals celebrated in the country is that of Raksha Bandhan. This auspicious festival is celebrated on the full moon day or purnima of the month of Shravan in the Hindu calendar. It marks the love and devotion of a brother towards his sister. On this day, sisters tie a rakhi or a sacred thread on the wrists of their brothers, praying for their long life and well being. In return, the brothers bestow their sisters with gifts and promise to protect them and take care of them for entire life. Raksha Bandhan also marks the beginning of the festive season in the Hindu calendar and the festive season culminates with Diwali and Bhai Dooj, which falls in the month of October or November.
Date and Shubh Mahurat Timing of Raksha Bandhan in 2016
In 2016, Raksha Bandhan falls on 18th August, which comes on the second last Thursday of the month of August. This is also the Purnima Tithi according to the Hindu calendar. The most auspicious mahurat time to tie the rakhi on this day is in the Aparahan Mahurat, which is during the late afternoon time, between 13:42 to 14:56, a period of 1 hour 14 minutes. One must take care not to tie the rakhi during the Bhadra Mahurat as it is not considered auspicious according to the Hindu religion. This mahurat will over before the sunrise this time.