Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated today and the most appropriate times to perform the ceremony is between 09: 28 am to 09:26 pm.
In the current COVID-19 situation, it is better to tie a normal red string (mouli) that most people have at home, whilst simultaneously video calling your sister.
As per the Astro-advice, the following can be done:
- Before the ritual, tie the first rakhi to Lord Krishna or offer it to his feet. Leave it there until the next spiritual event.
- Brother can sit on a stool and face east. Next, the sister applies tilak and then a few grains of rice on the forehead of her brother with ring finger.
- Thereafter she ties rakhis on the right wrist of the brother. Sister prays and expresses her wish for the well being of brother, and brother, in turn, pledges to take care of his sister lifelong.
- A coconut is given to the brother and the sister also makes him eat something sweet, if possible give a pinch of jaggery first.
- Sister performs an aarti with a tray with lighted lamp.
- On the aarti tray put a tiny lota of water, with a few strands of grass, after completing the aarti, sprinkle this water on the right and left side of his shoulder. It will ward off bad eyes.
- The younger of the two should touch the feet of the elder then hug each other. n Brother must give a gift or money as a token of appreciation to the sister as soon as aarti finishes.
- Always have rakhi’s tied in even numbers. Example; if one has one sister she can tie two rakhi’s to make it even.
- It is good to chant “Hare Krishna” mantra, The Gayatri Mantra (if one knows the correct pronunciation), and/or “Om Namah Shivaya”.
- This is one of two days in the year dedicated to brother and sister festivals. The other one falls two days after Diwali and it is called ‘Bhai Dooj’, where brother goes to sister’s house to celebrate unlike on Raksha Bandhan, where sister goes to brothers house.