Rakhi Purnima 2024 – Date, Importance, Puja Vidhi and Story

March 11, 2024

Rakhi Purnima is known as the festival of Raksha Bandhan as it falls on the full moon day of Shravan month. The word ‘Rakhi’ symbolizes the bond of love and protection between a brother and sister while ‘Purnima’ means the full moon day. This day is actually Shravan Purnima which is celebrated with different names all across India according to their religious traditions and customs. Due to its auspiciousness, this day holds great importance in Hindu religion. Moreover, it is the best day to perform religious rituals and hence, it is celebrated in many ways in different regions of India.

Rakhi Pournami

Rakhi Pournami is a festival that celebrates the unconditional bond of love, protection, and care between brother and sister. It is celebrated to cherish this bond and restore love for each other. Thus our rich culture and history are a testimony to the fact that even in the past, people came closer and bonded as brothers and sisters through this simple yet powerful celebration of Raksha Bandhan.

Rakhi Purnima 2024 Date

Rakhi Purnima on 19 August 2024

Purnima Date Start – 19 August 2024 from 03:04 am
Purnima Date Ends – 19 August 2024 at 11:55 pm

Rakhi Mantra

While tying Rakhi on the wrist, a mantra is chanted, after reading which the Pandit can also tie Raksha-sutra to the guests, Rakhi mantra is:

Om Yen Baddho Bali Raja Danavendro Mahabalah.
Ten Tvampi Badhnami Rakshe Ma Chal Ma Chal.

ॐ येन बद्धो बलि राजा दानवेन्द्रो महाबलः।
तेन त्वमपि बध्नामि रक्षे मा चल मा चल।

Rakhi Purnima Importance

On Rakhi Purnima, sisters offer prayers early in the morning and tie beautiful Rakhis on the wrists of their brothers, asking for their lifelong love, care and protection. Raksha Bandhan strengthens their bond and introduces them to the love they have for each other. According to astrologers and priests, it is believed that due to the inauspiciousness of Bhadra period, celebrating the festival of Rakhi should be avoided during this period. The best time to do these is during Aparahaan or Pardosh period on Rakhi Purnima.

Rakhi Purnima Puja Vidhi

On the day of Rakshabandhan, sisters tie Raksha-sutra i.e. Rakhi on the wrists of their brothers. They also wish for the longevity, prosperity and happiness of their brothers.

There is also an important story behind this mantra, which is often recited during Rakshabandhan puja. Once Dharmaraja Yudhishthir expressed his desire to hear such a story from Lord Shri Krishna which could provide relief from all troubles and problems. 

Another method of celebrating Rakshabandhan is also famous. On this day women get ready for puja in the morning and hang gold on the walls of the house. After this it is worshiped with vermicelli, kheer and sweets. Then Rakhi thread is tied on the gold. Women who plant ears of wheat on the day of Nag Panchami keep that plant for worship. After tying Rakhi on their brothers’ wrists, they wear these earrings in their brothers’ ears.

Rakhi Purnima Story

In mythological times, there was a war between Suras and Asuras for 12 consecutive years. It seemed that the demons’ victory in the war was certain. The ruler of demons had hold all the three worlds and had declared oneself the king of Trilok. Then, being troubled by the demons, Devraj Indra took refuge in Guru Brihaspati and prayed for protection. Then the Raksha rituals were completed in the morning on Shravan Purnima.

In this Vidhan, Guru Brihaspati pronounced the above mantra; At the same time Indra and his wife Indrani also repeated this mantra one after the other. Indra’s wife Indrani filled the Raksha-sutra with power from all the Brahmins and tied it on the wrist of Indra’s right hand. With the powers obtained from this sutra, Indra defeated the demons and regained his lost kingdom.

Wrapping Up

It is believed that taking bath in the holy river on the full moon day fulfills all the wishes. On this day, after bathing, offerings are made to our ancestors. It is said that by offering tarpan one gets the blessings of the ancestors. On this day, after bathing, Lord Vishnu and Mother Lakshmi are worshipped. It is said that by meditating Goddess Lakshmi with true heart on this day, the seeker receives special blessings of Goddess Lakshmi. If you want to know more information about Rakhi Purnima, then you can get the information by taking online astrology consultation.

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