Raipurians all set to celebrate Rakshabandhan

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Aug 2017 09:48:56


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Governor, Chief Minister, Speaker greet on Raksha Bandhan

Raipur city is all set to celebrate Rakshabandhan with traditional fervour on Monday. The Rakshabandhan symbolising bond between brother and sister will be observed across the state on August 7.
Governor Balramji Dass Tandon, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and Speaker of Chhattisgarh legislative Assembly Gaurishankar Agrawal greeted the people of the state on the eve of Rakshabandhan.

Women were seen purchasing ‘Rakhis’ in the markets of the State Capital on the eve of Rakshabandhan festival on Sunday. This year, the markets were flooded with various kinds of Rakhis.

Speaking to The Hitavada, Pandit H P Tiwari said that the shubh muhart would be between 11.05 am and 1.28 pm.
Purnima tithi will begin from August 6 at night and bhadra will pervade. The festival of Rakshabandhan is celebrated on full moon day (Purnima) of Shravan month, he added.
As per the scriptures, Raksha Bandhan should not be celebrated in the Bhadra (inauspicious) time of Shravani and Phalguni Nakshatra.

Sisters, after having bath in the morning, prepare variety of dishes. After this, plate used for worshipping is decorated. Together with Rakhi, saffron, turmeric, rice, lamps, incense sticks, sweet and some money is kept in the plate. A suitable place is chosen for brother, to be seated.

First of all, the family God is worshipped. Brother is seated at the selected location. After this, auspicious mark on forehead of brother is made with saffron, turmeric and rice. Akshat (rice used in worship), scattered on head. Aarti is performed.

Then, Rakhi is tied on the right wrist of brother. Money is moved around his head (as an act of removing evil eye) and, distributed among the poor.

On Rakhshabandhan, sisters have food, only after tying Rakhi to their brother. Like the other festivals of India, on this festival also, gifts and dishes have their particular importance. On this festival, meal is taken after lunch. At this time, girls come from their ‘in-laws’ house’ to their parent’s home, covering long distances, in order to tie Rakhi and meet their brothers.

This day, the priest and Acharya reach their host (Yajman) home to tie Rakhi, and in return accept money and clothes.