Raksha Bandhan turns out to be a low-key affair

Yajurveda Upakarma ceremony held at Sri Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple in Mysuru

Mysuru, August 3:- Raksha Bandhan is an auspicious Hindu festival celebrated on full moon day in the month of Sravana (August 3).  Raksha Bandhan holds a special place in everyone’s heart. The festival is symbolic of the special bonding between a brother and a sister. Sisters tie ‘Rakhi’ on the wrist of their brothers to express their love for them. Sisters pray for the well-being of their brothers who in turn promise to take care of them. Brothers also present gifts to their sisters.

The true meaning of the festival resonates from its literal translation that reads ‘safety’ and ‘bond.’ Brothers promise to help their sisters in every difficult situation and protect them. Raksha Bandhan has a rich history among Hindus.

Rakhi is tied during the auspicious timing that is from morning 9 am to 10.22 am and from 1.40 pm to 6.37 pm. If a Rakhi is tied during this time, positive results can be expected, it is believed. Raksha Bandhan in Mysuru was celebrated on a subdued note in view of coronavirus pandemic.

Not long ago, Raksha Bandhan used to be celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. But this time around, shops are complaining of a severe drop in business. Girls, who used to come to shops to buy Rakhis, have given it a break. With schools and colleges remaining shut, the festival of brothers and sisters has taken a beating.

Yajurveda Upakarma

The Brahmin community that follows Yajurveda celebrated Upakara today (August 3). On this day, Brahmins change their sacred thread after offering prayers to the god.

Special pujas were held prior to the thread changing ceremony held at Sri Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple at Vijayanagar 1st Stage in the city. Temple trust secretary Srinivas spoke about the importance of the event on the occasion. (MR/KS)


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