Mahalaya 2019 Date, Sarva Pitru Amavasya 2019 Date

Mahalaya 2019 Date, Sarva Pitru Amavasya 2019 Date

Amavasya Tithi Shraddha or Sarva Pitru Amavasya Shradha also known as Sarva Pitru Moksha Amavasya is done for those family members who died on Amavasya Tithi, Purnima Tithi and Chaturdashi
Tithi. If someone is not able to perform Shraddha on all Tithis for any of the family member died then single Shraddha for all died family members can be done on this day. Doing Sankalp and offering Shraadh food to Brahmin for the Pitr's or ancestors that have passed is sufficient to please all died members in the family. Also, Sarva Pitru Amavasya or Mahalaya day can also be used to do Shraddha for any of the died family member whose death anniversary or the tithi of death is not known or forgotten and this is the reason Amavasya Shraddha is also known as Sarvapitra Moksha Amavasya. Shraddha of family members who died on Purnima Tithi is also done on Amavasya Shraddha Tithi or Mahalaya and not on Bhadrapada Purnima. Bhadrapada Purnima Shraddha falls one day before Pitru Paksha but it is not part of Pitru Paksha. Pitru Paksha starts on the next day of Bhadrapada Purnima Shraddha.

Amavasya Shraddha is also called by the name Amavas Shraddha. Mahalaya Amavasya begins the Navratri festival in West Bengal. It is believed that Goddess Durga came on the Earth on this very day.
Pitru Paksha Shraddhas must be done on the tithi as told by a Brahmin or on the last day i.e Amavasya day. The auspicious time to perform Shraadh is either Kutup Muhurat and Rohina muhurat. till Aparahna Kala gets over. Tarpan is performed at the end of the Shraddha.

What is Sarva Pitru Amavasya?

The term ‘Sarva Pitru’ means ‘all forefathers or ancestors’ and the tithi of Sarva Pitru Amavasya is dedicated to all ancestors whose death tithi may have been forgotten or unknown. Sarva Pitru Amavasya is observed in Bhadrapada month as per South Indian Hindu calendar and during Ashwin month in North Indian Hindu calendar.

The Pitru Paksha period that extends over sixteen days from the Purnima to Amavasya after the month of Bhadrapada (August – September) dedicated for performing the shradh ceremonies of the died ancestors. The shradh of the ancestors died is being performed on the tithis they died irrespective of whether the death occurred in the Krishna Paksha or Shukla Paksha. The Pitru Paksha shradh special significance is highlighted in various shastras in Hinduism. If you do the Shraadh ceremony of the your deceased ancestors with utter devotion, love and respect for the died member, you not only get blessings of the ancestors but also get immense benefits as the ancestors visit their descendants on the earth during this period to receive the offerings given to them through shradh and tarpan. It is our number one duty for performing the Pitru Paksha shradh of the deceased members of the family and it must be performed.

What is to be done on Sarva Pitru Amavasya?   

  • Brahmins are invited in the household and offered food as well as donations.
  • Shraddh ceremony is performed by the senior most male member of the family.
  • People offer prayers to their ancestors with flowers, diya, and dhoop on Sarva Pitru Amavasya.

Sarva Pitru Amavasya Importance

  • The Sarva Pitru Amavasya Shraadh is observed to attain prosperity, welfare, and blessings.
  • It is believed that if all the shraddha rituals are not performed, ancestors return unhappily from their descendants place.
  • Lord Yama showers blessings on the person performing Shraadh as well as his family members and they all are saved from any kind of evils or obstacles.
  • Observing and performing shraddha rituals of the deceased family member, Pitru Dosha can also be removed.
  • The Shraadh rituals help the souls of forefathers attain moksha or salvation and that is why the name Sarva Pitru Moksha Amavasya.

Sarva Pitru Amavasya 2019 Date or Mahalaya 2019 Date

The Sarva Pitru Amavasya 2019 date is Monday, 28th September. Sarva Pitru Amavasya is the last day of the Pitru Paksha.

Amavasya Shraddha 2019 Date
2019 - 28th September, Saturday
2020 - 17th September, Thursday
2021 - 6th October, Wednesday
2022 - 25th September, Sunday
2023 - 14th October, Saturday
2024 - 2nd October, Wednesday 
2025 - 21st September, Sunday

Sarva Pitru Amavasya Facts

  • On Sarva Pitru Amavasya tithi or the day of Mahalaya, shradh is performed for all ancestors in the family tree irrespective of when and how they died.
  • If a person is not able to perform the shradh on a particular tithi of the deceased member or just forgot to do so during the Pitru Paksha period, he must do it on Sarva Pitru Amavasya.
  • Amavasya tithi's of a year are usually dedicated to Pitr's or your dead ancestors. And the Ashwina Krishna Paksha Amvasya or Sarva Pitri Amavasya is the most dedicated amavasya for the deceased members of a family, thus there are immense benefits for the ancestors souls and that is why it is also known as Sarva Pitru Moksha Amavasya.
  • If the date of death of a person is unknown, the shradh ceremony of those people can be performed on Sarva Pitru Amavasya or Mahalaya date.
  • This is the day when shradh ceremonies of all ancestors in their tree linage is performed together.
  • As Pitru Paksha period starts on the Pratipada day, the next day of Bahdrapad Purnima, thus shradh ceremonies of people died on Purnima tithi is done on the Sarva Pitru Amavasya day only. 

Onam 2019 Date, Onam 2019 Calendar, Thiruvonam Date

Onam 2019 Date, Thiruvonam Date

Onam is a Hindu festival celebrated mainly by the people of Kerala. Malayali festival Onam is celebrated by native speakers of Malayalam. Onam is celebrated in Chingam month on Malayalam Solar Calendar. Chingam month is known as Simha month in other solar calendars and in Tamil Calendar it is known as Avani month. In the month of Chingam when Nakshatra Thiruvonam prevails, that day is considered for Onam celebrations. Thiruvonam Nakshatra is known as Shravana in other Hindu Calendars.

The festival honours the appearance of Vamana avatar of Vishnu and the home coming of the legendary King Mahabali. Onam celebrates the Asura King Mahabali's annual visit from Patala Lok, the lok that is considered to be under Earth. It is believed that Asura King Mahabali visits every Malayali home to meet people on Thiruvonam day. Onam celebrations start on Atham day (the day when Atham Nakshatra prevails) and continue for 10 days till Thiruvonam day. Atham Nakshatra is known as Hasta Nakshatra in other Hindu Calendars.

Onam Word Meaning

The word ‘Onam’ or ‘Thiruvonam’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Shravanam.’ Thiruvonam is one among the 27 nakshatras or constellations. The passage of time made the word Shravanam becoming Onam in today's time. The word ‘Thiru’ means the places and activities associated with Lord Vishnu in South India. Thiruvonam is the Nakshatra of Lord Vishnu, who appeared as Vamana to push Mahabali into Pathalam.

Onam Festival Origin 

The Onam's Origin is popularly associated with the legend of the great King of Kerala Mahabali or Maveli coming annually to visit his land. Lord Vishnu took the Vamana avataar to help Devas to get rid of Demon King Mahabali. Vamana wanted to have 3 steps of land and thus was offered three steps of land during a yagna by King Bali. Bali thought that little Vamana could not take much land using his foot. But soon Vamana transformed himself to Narayana or Vishnu. In one step, he took earth and in another step heaven and there was no space left to keep the third step. But as Vamana was promised by Bali to give 3 foot of land, Bali offered his head to Lord Vamana. After this, Vamana god put the 3rd step on his head and was pushed to go into Patala Lok.

The Great HomeComing of MahaBali

Mahabali did not took much time to know that Vamana is none other than Narayana. He bowed in front of Narayana and asked him to place the third step on his head. Sri Vishnu was impressed by the great humbleness of Bali. He asked Bali of a boon. Thus Maveli said – that he be allowed to visit his beloved people on earth every year. And this annual visit by MahaBali is Onam, when MahaBali the great king of Kerala comes to visit his land.

It is believed that this has happened during the Thiruvonam nakshatram day in Malayalam month Chingam and thus it is celebrated as Onam. Some people also believe that Thiruvonam is the birth star or janma nakshatram of Vishnu and King Bali was therefore permitted to visit on this day.

One belief also states that even before Onam became a festival, the day was celebrated in the Vamana Temple in Thrikkakara. Vamana murti was installed here on this day.

Traditional Athapookalam

Athapookalam or Onam Pookalam is the flower arrangements prepared during 10 day Onam festival in Kerala. It is similar to Rangoli in North India and Kolam in Tamil Nadu. The making of the Pookalam starts on the Atham day, ten days before Thiruvonam. Pookalam consists of ten small round steps which symbolises ten different Hindu deities. Floral carpet symbolically represents the fight between Asuras and Devas.

There is only a single ring on the Atham day, the next day of Chithira there will be two rings and so on. On the Thiruvonam day there will be 10 rings. Only a single color flower is used on the first day, two colors on second day and 10 different colors on the last day.

First step is Ganesha, second is Shiva and Shakti, third is Shiva, fourth is Brahma, fifth is Pancha Boothangal, sixth is for Shanmughan or Muruga, seventh step is for Guru, eighth step is for ashta digpalakar, ninth is for Indra and tenth is for Lord Vishnu.

Onam Festival Dates

Here you can see the Onam 2019 Date as well as the date for upcoming years.

Onam 2019 Date 11th September, Wednesday
Onam 2020 Date 31st August, Monday
Onam 2021 Date 21st August, Saturday
Onam 2022 Date 8th September, Thursday
Onam 2023 Date 29th August, Tuesday
Onam 2024 Date 15th September, Sunday
Onam 2025 Date 5th September, Friday

Onam 2019 Calendar

Here you can find Onam 2019 Calendar:

Onam Day 1  1st September 2019  Atthachamaym, Athapoo Pookalam
Onam Day 2 2nd September 2019  Chithira Day
Onam Day 3 3rd September 2019  Chodhi Day
Onam Day 4 4th September 2019  Vishakham Day
Onam Day 5 5th September 2019  Anizham Day, Vallam Kali
Onam Day 6 6th September 2019  Thriketa Day
Onam Day 7 7th September 2019  Moolam Day, Onam Sadya Puli Kali, Kaikotti Kali
Onam Day 8 8th September 2019  Pooradam Day, Onathappan
Onam Day 9 9th September 2019  Pooradam
Onam Day 10  10th September 2019  Uthradom Day, First Onam Uthradappachil
Onam Day 11 11th September 2019  Thiruvonam Day, Second Onam Thiru-Onam, Onam
Onam Day 12 12th September 2019  Avvittom Day, Third Onam Thrissur Pulikali
Onam Day 13 13th September 2019  Chatayam Day, Fourth Onam

Onam Wishes in English and Malayalam

1. May God bless you, and the color & lights of Onam fill your home with happiness and joy. HAVE A HAPPY ONAM 2019

2. The Onam Celebration is an occasion for people to remind themselves of the all-pervasive nature of the divine. I wish all your family members and especially you, A Happy Onam & Tiruonam!

3. Onam is the time for pookkalam on the floor; children on swings; tiger clad men with hunters behind them; people enjoying sadyas with family. Let this Onam bring Joy and Prosperity to all. Happy Onam!

4. Let this Onam bring Joy and prosperity to you and your loved ones. I wish a Happy Onam to you and your family.

5. As Kerala welcomes our dear King, I wish you an Onam, filled with Happiness and Joy My heartfelt Onashamsakal.

6. Hope This ONAM Brings In Good Fortune & Abounding Happiness To You! Wish You And Your Family A Frivolous ONAM! Happy ONAM!

7. Nilavilakkum Niraparayum..Pinne orupidi thumba poovum. Manasil orupaadu snehavumayi veendum oru PON-ONAM varavaye. Oraayiram Onaasamsakal!

8. Ella Malayalikalkum nhangalude Onashamsakal.

9. Shehathindeyum Aishwaryathindeyum Sambalsamrudhiyodeyum Orayiram “Ponnonashamsakal.”

10. Nilavilakinte Parishudhiyum, Tumbapoovinte Nairmalyavumai, Varunna Ponnin Chinga Masathile Ponnonatte Varavelkan Niranja Snehathode Ende ONAM Ashamsagal.

11. May the colour and lights of Onam fill your home with happiness and joy. My heartfelt wishes on Onam Happy!

12. Onam brings with it the promise of abundance, happiness and prosperity, so may your life be filled with goodness and may all cares and worries fade away!

13. Onam is the time for poookalam on floor, children on swings, tiger clad men with hunters behind them. People enjoying sadhyas with family. May this Onam bring joy and prosperity to all.

14. May this festival of Onam be a harbinger of cheer, Good luck, peace and prosperity, that lasts a whole year. Wish you a Happy Onam!

15. This Onam may you be showered with Good luck, prosperity and happiness, have a wonderful Onam

Shradh Dates 2019, Pitru Paksha 2019 Dates

Shradh Dates 2019, Pitru Paksha 2019 Dates

Shradh Days or Pitru Paksha is a 15 lunar day’s period when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors, the persons who have died, through food offerings. As per South Indian Amavasyant calendar, Shraadh Days or Pitru Paksha falls in the lunar month of Bhadrapada beginning with the full moon day or day after full moon day. As per North Indian Purnimant calendar, Shradh Days or Pitru Paksha falls in the lunar month of Ashwin beginning with the full moon day in Bhadrapada or next day of full moon day.

It is just the difference of names for lunar months but both North Indians and South Indians perform Shraadh rituals on similar days. If you ask When is Shradh starting in 2019 in India, it's from Purnima Shradh which is on 13th September 2019 and the Shradh is getting over on 28th September 2019 which is Amavasya Shradh.  Pitru amavasya 2019 date is on 28th September 2019. All Shradh Dates 2019 are given below:

Shradh Name Shradh Date 2019 Shraadh Day
Purnima Shradh 13 September (Friday)
Pratipada Shradh 14 September (Saturday)
Dwitiya Shradh 15 September (Sunday)
Tritiya Shradh 17 September (Tuesday)
Maha Bharani, Chaturthi Shradh 18 September (Wednesday)
Panchami Shradh 19 September (Thursday)
Shashthi Shradh 20 September (Friday)
Saptami Shradh 21 September (Saturday)
Ashtami Shraddha 22 September (Sunday)
Navami Shraadh 23 September (Monday)
Dashami Shraadh 24 September (Tuesday)
Ekadashi Shraadh 25 September (Wednesday)
Dwadashi Shraadh 25 September (Wednesday)
Trayodashi Shraddha 26 September (Thursday)
Chaturdashi Shraddha 27 September (Friday)
Sarva Pitru Amavasya 28 September (Saturday)

The last day of Shradh or Pitru Paksha is known as Sarvapitri Amavasya or Mahalaya amavasya. Mahalaya amavasya is the most important day of Pitru Paksha as it caters to every ancestor that one has who has been with him in his lifetime or those who had been there but died before the birth of the person who is doing Shradh for his ancestor.

Ganesh Sankashti Chaturthi 2019 Date

Ganesh Chaturthi 2019 Date, Ganesh Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat

Sankashti Chaturti, or Ganesh Sankashta Chaturthi Vrata, is dedicated to the first worshipped god, Lord Ganesha. Ganesh Sankashta Chaturthi Vrata occurs on the 4th day of the Krishna Paksha (dark phase of moon) or simply fourth day after full moon day or Pooranmashi. Staunch Ganesha devotees fast or upvaas on the whole day of Sankashta Chaturthi Vrata and break the fast only after sighting of moon according to their location.

In Hindu calendar, there are two Chaturthi Tithis. The one appearing in Krishna Paksha after the Pooranmashi or Purnima is known as Sankashti Chaturthi and one appearing in Shukla Paksha after Amavasya is known as Vinayaka Chaturthi. Sankashti Chaturthi fasting is carried every month but Sankashti Chaturthi that appears in the month of Magha and Pausha are the most significant.

If Sankashti Chaturthi occurs on Tuesday, considered highly auspicious, it is known as Angarki Chaturthi.

Observed mainly in Western and Southern India, in the states of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, Sankashti fast helps one in getting rid of all obstacles and attaining peace, prosperity and knowledge. In Tamil Nadu, Sankashti Chaturti vrat is known as Sankatahara Chaturti or Ganesh Sankatahara. Sankashti Chaturthi in Magha month is often called as Sankat Chauth/Sakat chauth in North India. Vinayaka Chaturthi in the month of Bhadrapada is known as Ganesha Chaturthi and is celebrated by Hindus worldwide as the Lord Ganesha's birthday. Ganesh Chaturthi 2019 date is September 2.

Importance of Sankashta Chaturthi Vrata was told to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna, more can be seen in Narasimha and Bhavishaya Puranas.

If you are fasting on Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat, you can eat the fruits, tea, coffee, milk, Sabudana Khichadi and potatoes. It is important to note that timing for moonrise could be different for different cities if you are fasting for Sankashti Chaturthi. As breaking Sankashti Chaturthi fast depends on moonrise on Chaturthi Tithi but fasting could be observed on Tritiya Tithi i.e. a day earlier to Chaturthi Tithi.

Siddhivinayak Temple in Prabhadevi, Mumbai and other Ganesha temples all over the world can be seen crowded by people on this day of Sankashti Chaturti.

Janmashtami Kab Hai, Janmashtami 2019 Date

Janmashtami 2019, Janmashtami 2019 Date

Who is Krishna?

Sri Krishna is regarded as the one of the most powerful and highly revered eighth human incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Krishna is usually depicted with a flute in his hand is mainly worshipped in some prominent locations across India such as Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh, the Jagannatha aspect in Odisha, Mayapur in West Bengal, Dwarka and Junagadh in Gujarat, in the form of Vithoba in Pandharpur, Maharashtra, Nathdwara in Rajasthan, Udupi Krishna in Karnataka and Guruvayur in Kerala. Krishna is worshipped in the world because of the efforts of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

Where was Krishna born?

Born in Mathura, Sri Krishna's birth signified the end of demons. Sri Krishna was born to Devaki and Vasudeva in a prison in the Kansa's captivity. Krishna's father Vasudev, handed over his child at the time of his birth to his brother Nand to save Krishna from the demon King Kansa. Krishna was born in Mathura but grew up in Gokul where later on he killed his uncle, King Kansa.

Who was Vasudeva?

As per Bhagavata Purana, Vasudeva, son of the Yadav king Shurasena, was the father of Krishna, and his siblings Balarama and Subhadra. Vasudeva was the brother of Nanda Baba, who took care of Krishna during his early years as a child. His other brother Devashrava is the actual father of Ekalavya who played a significant role in Mahabharata. His sister Kunti was married to Pandu.

Who was Devaki?

Devaki was the daughter of Devak, sister of Kamsa, wife of Vasudeva and mother of Krishna. Kamsa escorted the newly-weds to Mathura and drove their chariot. A celestial voice proclaims that "The eighth child of Devaki that you are ferrying shall become your death!" Kamsa got angered and rises to kill Devaki but is stopped by Vasudeva who promises to deliver each child to Kamsa as soon as they are born.

Krishna Janmasthan Temple Complex

The Krishna Janmasthan Temple Complex is a group of Hindu temples in Mallapura, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India. These temples are built around the place where Sri Krishna is said to have been born.

What is Krishna Janmashtami?

Krishna Janmashtami is the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm in India and the whole world. Krishna Janmashtami is also known as Gokulashtami, Shrikrishna Jayanti or simply Janmashtami. It is celebrated on the Ashtami tithi of Krishna Paksh or the 8th day of the dark fortnight of Bhadrapad month. Krishna Janmashtami is also known as Satam Atham in Gujarat and Krishna Janmashtami is observed as Ashtami Rohini in South India mainly in Kerala.

Krishna is Devaki and Vasudeva's son and his birthday is celebrated by Hindus all over the world as Janmastami, the followers of ISCKON and Gaudiya Vaishnavism celebrate it with immense devotion and religious fervour.

Krishna was born at the time when evil was everywhere, and when he was to be killed by his uncle King Kansa. Krishna's father Vasudeva takes him across Yamuna immediately at the time he was born in Mathura, to foster parents in Gokul, named Nanda and Yashoda.

After Krishna is born at the exact midnight time, the statue of baby Krishna is washed and clothed, then placed in a cradle.

Krishna temples across India and even the world organize events in honour of Lord Krishna where songs in praise of the Lord are sung and scriptures from Bhagavata Purana and Bhagavad Gita are recited. In Hindi we say "Kab Hai Janmashtami", you can find the Janmashtami 2020 date along with other years.

How is Janmashtami celebrated? - Significance of Janmashtami

Janmashtami celebration takes place during the midnight as Sri Krishna was born on a dark, stormy night to end the attrocities and violence of his uncle, Kansa. People celebrate it with devotional songs and dances, pujas, Krishna arti, mantra, blowing of the Conch and moving the baby Krishna's cradle.

Janmashtami celebration at Mathura and Vrindavan, are so special as these are the places where Sri Krishna had spent his life when he was born and grew up. Krishna has an important role in Mahabharata and preached about bhakti and good karma and is well known to have narrated Bhagwat Geeta to Arjuna. Bhagwat Gita has guiding principles for not only Hindu's but for the whole world. 

Janmashtami is observed since the birth of Sri Krishna. Janmashtami is the 5200+ years old celebration of the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. It would be the 5250th birth anniversary of Lord Krishna in 2023 as per vedic time.

Krishna Janmashtami is of high significance in most Krishna temples. Janmashtami is like a household celebration in Krishna temples. As Mathura, Vrindavan and Dwarka are associated with Sri Krishna, Krishna Janmastami celebration in these places is like the birth anniversary of one of their family member.

Janmashtami Deity(s)

Which God is worshipped on Janmashtami?
Lord Krishna is worshipped on the day of Janmashtami. As it is the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, the child form of Lord Krishna, also known as Bal Gopal and Laddu Gopal, are worshipped on the day of Krishna Janamashtami. Along with Child Lord Krishna, the biological parents of Lord Krishna i.e. Vasudeva and Devaki, the foster parents of Lord Krishna i.e. Nanda and Yashoda and the siblings of Lord Krishna i.e. Balabhadra (Lord Balarama) and Subhadra are also worshipped during Janmashtami Puja.

Janmashtami Date and Time

  • Krishna Janamashtami falls on Krishna Paksha Ashtami (23rd day) of Shravana (5th month) as per Amanta Hindu Calendar
  • Krishna Janmashtami falls on Krishna Paksha Ashtami (23rd day) of Bhadrapada (6th month) as per Purnimanta Calendar
However Krishna Janmashtami is observed on the same day in both calendars.

Janmashtami Festivals
Janmashtami is celebrated for 2 days at some places
Day 1 – Krishna Janamashtami
Day 2 – Dahi Handi

What is to be done on Janmashtami? or How Janmashtami is observed?

  • Janamashtami is a day long fast. Some people fast and some not but everybody worship Sri Krishna
  • Bal Krishna is worshipped during midnight as that time is considered to be the time when Krishna was born
  • People visit Krishna temples
  • Sweet dishes are prepared made of milk products and given to Sri Krishna to eat ( for bhog)

Janmashtami Celebration in North, South India

People in India celebrate Krishna Janmashtami as per Lunar Calendar mostly in North India but some temples in South India observe Krishna Janmashtami as per Solar Calendar. Janmashtami date as per on Lunar Calendar and Janmashtami date as per Solar Calendar might differ up to one month.

Krishna Janmashtami is popularly known as Ashtami Rohini in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and a few parts of Karnataka as per Solar Calendar.

Janmashtami Similar Festivals
Ashtami Rohini – Krishna Janmashtami in Kerala
Dahi Handi – traditional play of Lord Krishna

Krishna Janmashtami Date

Do you want to know about Janmashtami Date, here we have mentioned the dates for years to come:

2019 - 24th August, Saturday

2020 - 11th,12th August, Tuesday / Wednesday

2021 - 30th August, Monday

2022 - 18th,19th August, Thursday /Friday

2023 - 6th,7th September, Wednesday /Thursday

2024 - 26th August, Monday

2025 - 15th,16th August, Friday / Saturday

Fasting Rules on Krishna Janmashtami

How to fast on Krishna Janmashtami?

People who are fasting on Janmashtami must have the only single meal a day before Janmashtami. On the day of Janmastami, devotees take Sankalpa to observe a day-long fast and break it on the next day when both Rohini Nakshatra and Ashtami Tithi are over. Some break the fast when either Rohini Nakshatra or Ashtami Tithi is over. Those who are fasting on janmastami must take Sankalpa after completing morning rituals and the day-long fast starts with Sankalpa.

Nishita Kaal or the time of midnight is the time to do Krishna Puja as per vedic rituals. Full puja rituals are observed during midnight involving all sixteen steps which are part of Shodashopachara Puja Vidhi.

One who fast must not eat any grains during Janmashtami fasting until the fast is broken on the next day after Sunrise. It simply means follow the rules of Ekadashi fasting, the rules are the same for Janmashtami fasting. Parana or breaking the fast must be done at an appropriate time. You do Krishna Janmashtami fasting for the whole day and then Parana is done on next day after Sunrise when Ashtami Tithi and Rohini Nakshatra are gone. If Ashtami Tithi and Rohini Nakshatra are not over before Sunset then Janmastami fast can be broken during the daytime when either Ashtami Tithi or Rohini Nakshatra is completed. If Ashtami Tithi and Rohini Nakshatra are not over before Sunset or even Hindu Midnight (called as Nishita Time) one should wait to get them over before breaking the fast.

Krishna Janmashtami fast might continue for two complete days as its based on the end time of Ashtami Tithi and Rohini Nakshatra. It is mentioned in Hindu religious text Dharmasindhu that people who are not able to fast on two consecutive days can break the fast on next day after Sunrise.

Names of Krishna Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami is also known as Krishnashtami, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Srikrishna Jayanti and Sree Jayanthi.

Two Krishna Janmashtami Dates
Sometimes, Krishna Janmashtami falls on two consecutive days. The first day is for Smarta Sampradaya and the second janmastami date is for Vaishanava Sampradaya. If Krishna Janmashtami falls on a single day, it means both Sampradaya would observe Janmashtami on the same date.

After Krishna Janmashtami, then comes the Nandotsav festival, which was the time Nanda Baba distributed gifts to the villagers in honour of the Sri Krishna birth.

Janmashtami in Maharashtra

In Maharashtra, Janmashtami  is popularly known as "Gokulashtami" and celebrated across Maharashtra and in cities like Mumbai, Nagpur and Pune. Dahi Handi is celebrated the next day after Janmashtami. The term Dahi Handi literally means "earthen pot of yoghurt". Dahi handi festival got this name after the legend of baby Krishna. Krishna in his child form would often go and steal milk products such as yoghurt and butter and people would hide their butter-milk high up out of the baby Krishna's reach. Krishna would then try all creative ideas to have and break these earther pots. One of that ideas was forming human pyramids with his friends to break these high hanging pots.

In Maharashtra and western states of India, the Dahi Handi tradition is played out as a community tradition after Janmashtami, where pots of yoghurt are hung high up, sometimes with tall poles or from ropes hanging from second or third level of a building. After that, teams of youth which includes boys as well as girls called the "Govindas" go around to these hanging pots, climb one over another and form a human pyramid, then break the pot. A large gathering of people can be seen cheering for their teams. Prize money as well as gifts are also given to the winners. Many companies also sponsor this event and TV channels also shows the govinda's forming a human pyramid and breaking the Dahi Handi live. The contents in the Dahi Handi pot is regarded as Prasada of the deity.

Over 4,000 handis in Mumbai alone were high hung with prizes, and a number of Govinda teams participated in 2014.

Janmashtami in Gujarat and Rajasthan

In Dwarka, Gujarat where Krishna is believed to have established his kingdom, people celebrate the festival with a tradition similar to Dahi Handi, known as Makhan Handi (pot with freshly churned butter). Also perform folk dances at temples, sing bhajans, visit the Krishna temples. Dwarkadhish Temple or  Nathdwara is over filled by devotees. Farmers in the Kutch region, decorate their bullock carts and take out Krishna processions, with group singing and dancing.

There are so many customs based on stories from Krishna's life. Krishna loved butter and milk so much when he was a child but as he stole butter and milk from his home and numerous households, it kept out of his reach. In Krishna's child pictures, it is often shown as he is eating butter placed in pots or holding a ball of butter in his hands.

Oiled poles with pots of money tied to the top are set up in Tamil Nadu. Children dressed as Krishna then try to climb these poles to get the money while the audience throws water at them.
The festival of Dahi Handi is widely known in Maharashtra, where pots containing buttermilk are tied high over streets. Teams of boys known as as Govinda's then form human pyramids competing against each other to see who can break the most pots.

In Krishna's other pictures, he is seen playing flute and sometimes with Radha and cows also. 

When is Raksha Bandhan 2020, Raksha Bandhan Kab Hai

When is Raksha Bandhan 2020, Raksha Bandhan Kab Hai

Raksha bandhan 2019 Date is on August 15, Thursday
Raksha bandhan 2020 Date is on August 03, Monday

All brothers and sisters are eager to know when is Raksha bandhan celebrated in India. Raksha bandhan day falls on a full-moon in the month of Shravan. Raksha bandhan date varies from year to year. For the exact rakhi festival date or to know when is rakhi festival celebrated in India, you can also refer to the Hindu calendar. The date of raksha bandhan 2020 has been published according to the Hindu calendar. Preparation for raksha bandhan 2020 has already started in various parts of India. Raksha bandhan is also known as Rakhi purnima or Raksha bandhan purnima.

What is Raksha Bandhan

Raksha bandhan celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters where sisters lovingly tie a rakhi or a sacred thread in her brother’s wrist. The sister wishes her brother Happy Raksha Bandhan and also wish her brother’s lifelong well being and happiness.

Raksha Bandhan Meaning

The significance of raksha bandhan is that when the sisters tie the piece of rakhi on their brother’s hand, the brothers take a vow to protect their beloved sisters from all harm for the rest of their lives. The name of the raksha bandhan festival is derived from this concept. Typically, Rakhi is an Indian festival celebrated by Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs.

Importance of Rakhi festival in India

There are several mythological stories popular among the Indians about raksha bandhan. Raksha bandhan history or rakhi history goes back to the very ancient times. The children listen to the mythological stories from their grandparents and parents and see the pictures of Rakhi festival depicting the raksha bandhan story that help us know Rakhi festival from our very childhood.

When is Raksha Bandhan celebrated

Rakhi festival in India is celebrated on a full moon in the month of Shravan according to the Hindu calendar.

Legends of Raksha Bandhan

There are several interesting legends and mythological stories associated with raksha bandhan. Most of the raksha bandhan legends date back to the Hindu puranas and epics.

King Bali and Goddess Laxmi -  In the story of King Bali and Goddess Laxmi, Goddess Laxmi went to Bali to seek refuge and tied rakhi on his hands on the day of shravan purnima.

Indra/Indrani and Yama/Yamuna -  In the story of Indra and Indrani and Yama and Yamuna the vows of protecting the sister and the never-ending love have been re-emphasized.

King Porus and Alexander's wife Roxana -  In the historical anecdote of King Porus and Alexander's wife Roxana, she had sent a rakhi to King Porus because of which Porus had retracted from the battlefield without harming Alexander.

Maharani Karnawati and Emperor Humayun -  Maharani Karnawati and Emperor Humayun also find a place in the history of raksha bandhan legends when she had asked for help from Humayun by sending a rakhi.

Rakhi Festival Celebrations

Raksha bandhan day is celebrated by wishing each other Happy raksha bandhan. For brothers and sisters who are living far away from each other, the sisters also send raksha bandhan letter along with the piece of scared thread of rakhi. There are so many and colourful and different types of rakhis available in the market. Raksha bandhan celebration in India happens with a lot of enthusiasm. This festival is especially predominant in North India. South, East, and West India celebrations are carried out by sending gifts and special raksha bandhan messages. The ceremony of tying the sacred thread of rakhi along with wishes form the main part of the rakhi celebrations. In West Bengal, especially in Kolkata this day coincides with the jhoolan purnima. Pictures of sisters lovingly tying rakhi in their brother’s wrists are a common sight. There are unique raksha bandhan celebration ideas and photos available. The history of raksha bandhan goes back to the ancient period when Rani Karnavati, the widowed queen of Chittor sent a rakhi to the Mughal emperor Humayun asking for his help.

Raksha Bandhan Wishes

Rakhi celebrates the unique and incomparable love between a brother and sister through loads of raksha bandhan wishesSpecial raksha bandhan wishes for brother come from all sisters far and near. Sisters pray for the lifelong well being of the brothers and send cards, greetings, and messages. Wishes and cards are exchanged, SMS and quotes is Hindi, English and other regional languages such as Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali, etc. are downloaded to be used in preparing special cards for sisters and brothers. Brothers also wish the happiness and prosperity of their sisters and also take a vow to protect their sisters from all harm and unhappiness.

The following are a great collection of wishes for Raksha Bandhan:

-May this Rakhi bring you everything you desire and everything you dream of. May success Accompany you in every step that you take. Have A Blessed Rakhi

-Bhagwan kare tujhe bahut pyaar mile sabhi ladkiyan tujhe baandhe rakhi tujhe jeevan bhar ka unka saath mile. Happy Raksha Bandhan.

-Do U Know That, Fun As A Triple Scoops, Sweet As Chocolates, Bright & Cheerful As Flowers, Its You, May Your Wishes Come True, and May Each Of Your Days Be Filled With, Joy & Smiles Too! Happy Raksha Bandhan Dear Brother!

-The loving occasion of Raksha Bandhan is the best time Brother, To reminisce fondly the wonderful moment we have spent together, Thanks for spreading smiles everywhere and making life so beautiful, Meaningful and Happy Raksha Bandhan My Dear Brother.

-Days go past without us expressing our deep affection for each other. Rakhi Comes as a golden Opportunity to tell you that i’ll always adore you and wish you happiness of Every kind… On Rakhi Wishes You Life’s Biggest Joy

-We were always close, looking out for each other even when life led us along different paths… Like an invisible thread, our love binds us together, making sure we’ll remember where we came from and what we mean to each other. Wishing you a joyous Raksha Bandhan, Dear Brother.

-It’s a small thread that has travelled a long way. From pulling each other’s leg, to growing into The best of friends…Today its paused, At yet another milestone, on the journey of friendship and love. May this small thread bind us forever !

-You never say no, you never say thats impossible And you never say you can’t.  That’s my bro, A superman who make things Possible and who make paths smoother. I love you.

Raksha Bandhan Greeting Cards

Rakhi is a happy festival celebrating the eternal bond of love and care between brothers and sisters. Raksha bandhan ecards have become quite popular with the penetration of computers into the Indian households. Raksha bandhan greetings are exchanged among the brothers and sisters as they wish each other with happy raksha bandhan cards. Greeting cards fit for all ages and expressing all types of emotions in various regional languages such as Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, and Hindi can be found to make your brother’s or sister’s day special. Several websites allow download of free cards from their extensive card libraries. Raksha bandhan greeting cards generate quite a lot of business as there are millions of cards sold all over the country. For those brothers and sisters who are staying abroad can send cards to their dear ones to India through the option of rakhi greeting e-cards. Special rakhi cards for brother with customized messages are a trend. There are various types rakhi cards online, along with the animated cards fitted for kid brothers and sisters or special cards meant for sister. Raksha bandhan printable cards can be downloaded from the various websites on the occasion. This happy occasion sees an exchange of messages, SMS, and a lot of nice gifts.

Raksha Bandhan Quotes

Rakhi, celebrating the eternal bond of a brother and sister is celebrated by writing special words and composing special poems for brother and for sister. Greetings sent through SMS and messages expressing heartfelt love are exchanged all over the world. Raksha bandhan quotes in Hindi or general quotes on raksha bandhan, including raksha bandhan shayari in various regional languages, for example in Gujarati, Marathi or Hindi are also very popularly downloaded by all generations. Famous raksha bandhan sayings are collected from friends by brothers and sisters to let them know how much they care for their brothers or sisters.

The following are some of the great quotes on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan:

- It’s hard to be responsible, adult and sensible all the time. How good it is to have a sister whose heart is as young as your own. ~Pam Brown

- She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she’s the reason you wish you were an only child. ~Barbara Alpert

- Whatever you do they will love you; even if they don’t love you they are connected to you till you die. You can be boring and tedious with sisters, whereas you have to put on a good face with friends. ~Deborah Moggach

-Sisters are for sharing laughter and wiping tears. ~Author Unknown

-You can kid the world. But not your sister. ~Charlotte Gray

-Sisters don’t need words. They have perfected a language of snarls and smiles and frowns and winks – expressions of shocked surprise and incredulity and disbelief. Sniffs and snorts and gasps and sighs – that can undermine any tale you’re telling. ~Pam Brown

-A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost. ~Marion C. Garretty

-More than Santa Claus, your sister knows when you’ve been bad and good. ~Linda Sunshine

-Having a sister is like having a best friend you can’t get rid of. You know whatever you do, they’ll still be there. ~Amy Li

-It was nice growing up with someone like you – someone to lean on, someone to count on… someone to tell on! ~Author Unknown

-Sisters annoy, interfere, criticize. Indulge in monumental sulks, in huffs, in snide remarks. Borrow. Break. Monopolize the bathroom. Are always underfoot. But if catastrophe should strike, sisters are there. Defending you against all comers. ~Pam Brown

-One of the best things about being an adult is the realization that you can share with your sister and still have plenty for yourself. ~Betsy Cohen

-She takes my hand and leads me along paths I would not have dared explore alone. ~Maya V. Patel

Raksha Bandhan Messages

Rakhi festival of India is a predominant festival celebrating the indomitable spirits of all brothers and sisters. Sister write sweet raksha bandhan letter to brother. They prepare cards with raksha bandhan messages for brothers very lovingly and the brothers go about hunting special gifts for sisters. Raksha bandhan message for sisters, long loving letters, poems and sayings are downloaded or composed to be gifted to brothers. Raksha bandhan SMS messages in Hindi, Bengali, English, Marathi, and various other Indian languages float around. Nice raksha bandhan sayings, letters, and poems with poignant quotes form an integral part of happy raksha bandhan messages.

Happy Raksha Bandhan Messages

-Aaj rakhi ka din khushiya laya hai, behan-bhai ke rishte ko khushiyon se bharne aya hai, aao milkar manaye raksha bandhan, kyun ki yeh har behan-bhai ko apana furz yad dilane aya hai. Happy Rakshabandhan....

-I waited long for the day through the year that you so ceremoniously tie rakhi on my wrist and pray for my well being. Dear Sis, I wish that our bond grows stronger everyday.

-Sister is someone who is caring and sharing. Sister can understand things you never said. She can understand pain, which is not visible to anyone. I love my sister.

-On this special ocassion of Rakhi, I just wanted to thank you for all the times you have been there to encourage, to depend on and for support and love. Ours is a wonderful relationship and I hope it stays this way always. This is the time to show how much we mean to each other not only on the ocassion of Rakhi but always.

-We were always close, looking out for each other even when life led us along different paths... Like an invisible thread, our love binds us together, making sure we'll remember where we came from and what we mean to each other. Wishing you a joyous Raksha Bandhan, Dear Brother.

-Never ever thought we will not be together this day. I am really missing you very much. The Rakhi you send is very good, it's looking great on my wrist. I just pray that we will be together on every Rakhi from next year. May God bless you with lot of happiness, love and success. Take care.

-Warm wishes on Rakhi Day! Rakhi Day is the day when special people like u r thought of fondly with luv & cheer. Hope every hour of this special day is filled with moments, that will bring happiness 4 U. HAVE A GR8 RAKHI BHAYYA With loads of love Yours ever loving sis.

-God could not take care for the whole world so he has given mothers to each family. In the same way mother could not take care for the whole part of our life, so she had given brother. Thanks for being my brother.

-I wish u "HAPPY RAKHI" and I pray to GOD for ur prosperous life. May you find all the delights of life, may all ur dreams come true. My best wishes will always be with you and I wish that u'll always shower your blessings on me.

-You know that you are the most precious stone in the collection of my secret treasure.. Wishing you very Happy Rakhi and best of luck for every thing.

Raksha Bandhan SMS

The festival of rakhi is celebrated with huge fanfare and joyous activities. Sending raksha bandhan SMS to brothers and sisters is now very popular. Even Raksha bandhan Hindi SMS, Marathi SMS, Telegu SMS, and SMSs in other regional Indian languages are exchanged in large numbers. Customized messages for brothers and for sisters can be composed to be sent across. Nice collection of SMS can be downloaded at minimal expenses to speak your heart-felt words.  For brothers and sisters who are separated by geographical distances, Raksha bandhan wishes are generally and primarily sent through Raksha bandhan SMS. Now with mobile being popular among all generations, SMSs are sent in millions all across the world.

These are some of the great collection of Raksha Bandhan SMS:

-If I Can Choose My Brother In Next Life, It’ll B U (If U Gift Me A Mercedes Benz 2morrow). Love You Always. Happy Raksha Bandhan.

-Holi is colourful, Deewali is lightful and brightful, Rakhi has made our relationship POWERFUL.

-Har Ladki Aapke Liye Bekarar Hai, Har Ladki Ko Aap Ka Intezar Hai, Ye Aap Ka Koi Kamal Nahi, Kuch He Dino Me Raakhi Ka Tyohaar He.

-You Know That You Are The Most Precious Stone In The Collection Of My Secret Treasure.. Wishing You Very Happy Rakhi And Best Of Luck For Every Thing.

-Rakhi Ko Tyonhar Tha, Rakhi Bandhane Ko Bhai Taiyar Tha, Bhai Bola bahna meri ab to rakhi bandh do, Bahna Boli, Kalai Peechhe karo, Pahale Rupae Hazaar do.

-God could not take care for the whole world, so he has given mothers to each family. In the same way mother could not take care for the whole part of our life, so she had given brothers. Thanks for being my brother.

-Aati Thi Jaathi Thi, Hansti Thi, hansati thi, Bhagati Thi, Bhagaati Thi, Bolti Thi, Bulwati Thi, Per aaj pata chala ki, vah mujhe rakhi bandhana chahati thi.

-Rakhi is just an excuse for me to express myself:  You mean the world to me. Happy Raksha Bandhan to My sweet sister.

-You Are So Cute, Darling And Adorable.. Can’t Help Forming A Relationship With You… Please Accept Me As Your Dearest And Sweetest Behna. Happy Raksha Bandhan

-Phoolon ka taron ka sabka kehna hai, Duniya me sobse achha mere Bhaiya hai... luv u always. Happy Rakhi..

-Hey didi you are the best. Do you know why? Because I am your brother ;-) Happy Rakhi Didi

Raksha Bandhan Recipes

This Raksha bandhan, make your brothers and sisters day special by preparing a nice and tasty dish. Mouth-watering raksha bandhan recipes written in Hindi and English are available. Hotels and restaurants attract a lot of customers by arranging special raksha bandhan thali where you can take your brother or sister for a special treat. Raksha bandhan sweets are made to order to be gifted when brothers and sisters meet for the tying of the rakhi. Online booking and free delivery of rakhi gift hampers, including delicacies can now be arranged sitting in one’s home and sent across to the various parts of the world.

Raksha Bandhan Songs

Rakhi is usually celebrated with the family members where you enjoy the moments of family bonding and listening to raksha bandhan songs on this day is a good way to renew the sibling bonds. Raksha bandhan songs free download are now available all over internet for you to download anytime. You can listen to and enjoy free mp3 raksha bandhan songs online in all regional languages, including Hindi, Tamil, and Telegu, Punjabi, Marathi, and Gujarati. Songs with touching lyrics specially meant for the occasion can be heard, be it old melodies of the by-gone days or modern songs. Watch raksha bandhan videos on YouTube with friends and family.

Raksha Bandhan Poems

Famous poets and composers have written innumerable Raksha bandhan poems in Hindi and other Indian languages such as Punjabi, Urdu, and Marathi to celebrate the eternal bond between brothers and sisters. Poems specially meant for kids have also been written. Geet or Hindi songs and special quotes celebrating the joys of the raksha bandhan festival are quite rampant in Indian literary history. Raksha bandhan poem stands apart as a symbol of the everlasting love and bond between a brother and a sister. Nice and effective quotes are collected to wish each other among the brothers and sisters. While tying the Rakhi on the brother’s wrist, the sisters might recite a self-composed raksha bandhan poem as that will surely add special warmth to the occasion.

Rakhi Day is Righteous Day
by A.P.J.Abdul Kalam

This full moon day our hearts are in brim
Feeling of faith and serenity in mind.
We light the lamps and our hears glow
Radiance of happiness and peace are in flow.
Harmonious homes are like streams of joy
Flowing and flourishing the landscape en route.
Nobility in heart and character in deed
Righteous homes alone make a beautiful State.
Sisters will tie the thread on the brothers
Abiding them to do only what is right and clean.
Put the Kumkum and blessed rice on the head
Where will dwell right thoughts and noble action.

A Brother Just Like You

I just want to let you know
You mean the world to me
Only a heart as dear as yours
Would give so unselfishly
The many things you've done
All the times that you were there
Help me know deep down inside
How much you really care
Even though I might not say
I appreciate all you do
Richly blessed is how I feel
Having a brother just like you.

A Sister is Forever
by Bruce B. Wilmer

A sister's a sister forever,
A bond that diminishes never,
A friend who is kindly and caring,
A sibling God chooses for sharing.,
Few ties as deep and profound,
And with so much affection abound,
Though some thoughts are seldom expressed,
Love endures and survives every test.,
Of the constants that rest in the heart,
A sister's a primary part.,
She'll always be there when you need her,
You listen, you value, you heed her.,
As growth, independence you ponder,
Your feelings grow deeper and fonder;
And life tells you one thing that is true:,
A sister's a large part of you.

Raksha Bandhan Gifts

Rakhi is a festival of enjoying exchanging gifts among brothers and sisters. Nowadays, because of all the popularity and hype given to the occasion by small and big business communities, customized gifts for raksha bandhan occupies a predominant place in the whole celebrations. Gifts specially meant for brothers, for kids, and for sisters are available. Raksha bandhan gifts for sister can be a beautiful piece of jewellery such as raksha bandhan bracelets. Online raksha bandhan gifts can be sent to UK, to USA or to Canada, and to any place in India be it to Chennai or Mumbai. New ideas for raksha bandhan 2011 gifts, including rakhi gift hampers customized to personal likes are now available. Sending rakhi abroad is now easy through the various agencies that operate online and you can place your orders online along with a raksha bandhan gift for your beloved brother or sister sitting somewhere far off.

Rakhi Gifts for Brother

For sisters who are sad that they won’t be able to meet their brothers this raksha bandhan, sending rakhi gifts for brothers is now easy and fast. There is a huge range of unique raksha bandhan gifts for brothers now available in the online stores. Be it gifts for raksha bandhan for brothers, for kids, to be sent to India, to UK, to USA, or to Canada. Send raksha bandhan gift to various places in India be it to Chennai, Mumbai or lesser known places. Online raksha bandhan gifts be it raksha bandhan bracelets for both brothers and sisters or attractive rakhi gift hampers along with sending rakhi abroad can be done in minutes. New ranges of expensive and middle-range of raksha bandhan gifts as well as gifts of low ranges for teenage brothers and sisters who have been saving their pocket money for this occasion are now available.

Rakhi gifts for Sister

You can now sit in one corner of the world and send beautiful rakhi gifts for sister sitting somewhere far away from you. Raksha bandhan gifts for sister are picked up by brothers carefully and lovingly. Online sending of gifts for raksha bandhan is now in vogue and it has now become easier for brothers to send raksha bandhan gift to the other side of the earth such as to U.K., to USA, and Canada. It might also be possible to send raksha bandhan gifts or rakhi gift hampers in various places in India such as to Chennai, or Delhi, or Mumbai. Special gifts for kids, or raksha bandhan bracelets for teenage brothers and sisters are also very much in fashion. Online raksha bandhan gifts send from abroad to India is also quite popular. Sending rakhi abroad is now made faster and easier.

Rakhi Return Gifts

Rakhi return gifts form an important part of the rakhi celebration in India. Through the online shopping portals, you can send return gifts to brother and sisters staying in far-off places such as UK and USA. Gifts meant especially for kids are also available in wide ranges. Sending return gifts for raksha bandhan is a widely prevalent custom in North India and other big cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Ahmadabad. Now you can buy rakhi gifts online easily and from a wide variety of choices and can even send rakhi return gifts from the comfort of your house.

Raksha Bandhan Wallpapers

Raksha bandhan wallpapers are available online and can be downloaded for free. Setting a raksha bandhan wallpaper could be a unique way to celebrate the Rakhi festival. It can also be downloaded and set as a surprise for your sister’s or brother’s mobile. Download attractive raksha bandhan wallpapers this raksha bandhan festival 2011 and add spice to your raksha bandhan celebrations. Beautiful floral motifs, or lovely sceneries, thematic wallpapers or abstract designs are now all available to suit every individual’s taste and need. With the increase in the usage of mobiles among the younger generation, the popularity of wallpapers has also increased.

Raksha Bandhan Pictures

Nice and sweet raksha bandhan pictures or images can be downloaded and set as wallpapers. Photos of bonding depicting sweet moments between brothers and sisters can be printed and used for preparing greetings cards to be sent to brothers and sisters. Pictures of raksha bandhan can be downloaded from Internet and used for preparing e-wishes. Download raksha bandhan pics and images from the various websites and prepare a nice greetings card accompanied by a self-composed poem expressing the joy of having such a wonderful brother or sister in your life. Various websites hold up the tradition of rakhi celebration as an integral part of Indian culture through these rakhi pictures of raksha bandhan.

Buy Rakhi Online

With the advent of technology and the penetration of computers and Internet in every household and the increasing awareness among the general masses, you can buy raksha bandhan gifts easily and quickly without visiting the stores. Buy raksha bandhan online gifts, greetings cards, customized gift hampers and send them all across to different places in India and even aboard such as UK, USA, and Canada. Buy rakhi online sitting anywhere in the world and send them across to your brothers and sisters staying in some other part of the world.

Send Rakhi

Send rakhi gifts to any part of the world be it to UK, to USA or Canada from the comfort of your house. Special customised gifts and flowers, chocolates, and hampers can be sent to sisters to give her a pleasant surprise. Similarly, sisters can send special gifts to brothers by ordering online. Send rakhi to India within days from any part of the world. Brothers and sisters in India can similarly send rakhi online to places such as Germany, Australia, Dubai, and New Zealand along with lovely presents, greetings, SMS, and e-cards. Send raksha bandhan cards and posts scraps; send raksha bandhan thali and other customized gifts to your loving brothers or sisters to make this raksha bandhan very special from them.

Hariyali Teej

Hariyali Teej 2019 

Teej is the festival which is observed by Hindu women in North Indian states like Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. In Sawan and Bhadrapada months comes the celebration of three famous Teej festivals. These are as follows:

  • Hariyali Teej
  • Kajari Teej
  • Hartalika Teej

Which are the other Teej festivals?
Some other Teej days are Akha Teej commonly known as Akshaya Tritiya and Gangaur Tritiya. The months of Shravana and Bhadrapada are highly important as Hariyali Teej, Kajari Teej and Hartalika Teej the 3 Teej festivities are celebrated by women and the time is also important as it matches with the monsoon period in India when everywhere greenery can be seen and thus the name Hariyali Teej(hari teej or green teej).

To which God or Goddess the Hariyali Teej is celebrated?
Hariyali Teej is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

When is Hariyali Teej Celebrated?
Hariyali Teej is observed on the Shukla Paksha Tritiya in the month of sawan and coming two days before Nag Panchami.

Significance of Hariyali Teej
Hariyali Teej comes in the month of sawan when devotees throng temples worshipping Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati. Sawan Somwar's have a special significance in Shravana month and so is the Mangala Gauri Vrat. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are regarded as the epitome of ultimate authority, their immortal love as husband wife is what every women and husband wants. That is why women pray and worship Goddess Parvati for blessings for a happy and prosperous married life fasting on Hariyali Teej day for the long life and well being of their husbands. Shiva accepted Parvati as his wife on this day and that is why Goddess Parvati is regarded as 'Teej Mata'. Hariyali Teej fast is as important as the fasting on karwa Chauth day.

How Hariyali Teej fast is carried out?
Married women fast for the whole day, not even drink a single drop of water and the Hariyali Teej fast is completed after moon worshipping. They visit their parents' home, wear new clothes like green lehengas or green Saree and bangles, sing songs dedicated to Teej. Wearing green color is highly auspicious on this day. The Vat Vriksha tree is also worshipped on the ‘Shravani teej’. A 'dhaaga' or cotton thread is tied on the sacred Banyan tree or Vat Vriksha. Though the festival of Teej is celebrated by married women, many unmarried women also fast along with the married ones to get a husband like God Shiva. Women visit the nearest temple and listen or recite the Teej Vrat Katha.

Women applies henna on their hands and feet during Hariyali Teej. Mehendi color on the hands tells about the love of their husbands. It is believed that if the color of the henna on the hand is dark, the more she will be loved by her husband. Women also happen to write their husband name with henna on their hands.

Why Hariyali Teej is also known as Sindhara Teej?
Sindhara, a gift bucket that is given to the daughter and her in-laws by the parents of married girl, particularly newlyweds. It contains homemade sweets, Ghewar and Shringara items like Henna, bangles, sindoor (vermilion), traditional dresses etc. As Sindhara is gifted to the daughter and her in-laws on this Teej, Hariyali Teej is also known as Sindhara Teej. Hariyali Teej is also called as Chhoti Teej or Madhusrava Teej.

When is Kajari Teej and Hartalika teej celebrated?
Badi Teej which comes fifteen days after Hariyali Teej is known as Kajari Teej. As this teej festivals falls in the Shravana month, Hariyali Teej is also called as Sawan Teej or Sawan ki teej. Hartalika teej is celebrated on shukla paksha tritiya of bhadrapad month.

The Hariyali Teej celebrations are bigger in all the temples dedicated to Sri Krishna in Vridavan. Swings are laid for Krishna and this is known as ‘Jhullan Leela’. The idols of Lord Krishna and Radha are beautifully decorated with colorful clothes and devotees worship them and at last water is sprayed over the devotees to mark the onset of monsoon.

Hariyali Teej Date 2019 
Saturday, August 3
Tritiya Tithi Starts - 01:36 AM on Aug 03, 2019
Tritiya Tithi Ends - 10:06 PM on Aug 03, 2019

Hariyali Teej Dates for other years:
Hariyali Teej 2020 Date - Thursday , 23rd July
Hariyali Teej 2021 Date - Wednesday, 11th August
Hariyali Teej 2022 Date - Sunday, July 31
Hariyali Teej 2023 Date - Saturday, August 19
Hariyali Teej 2024 Date - Wednesday, August 7
Hariyali Teej 2025 Date - Sunday, July 27

How is Teej known in Punjab and Rajasthan?
Teej is also called as Tay, Baya and Teeyan. In Punjab it is called by the name of Teeyan and Shingara Teej in Rajasthan.

Now let's talk about Akha Teej, Kajari Teej and Hartalika Teej:

Akha Teej
Akha Teej is also known as Akshaya Tritiya. Akha Teej or Akshaya Tritiya is highly auspicious day that is observed on the third day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Vaishakha. ‘Akshaya’ means ‘that never diminishes’ and the word ‘Tritiya’ means ‘the third day’. Parashurama Jayanti is also celebrated on Akshaya Tritiya day. It is believed that Lord Vishnu incarnated as Parashurama on Akshaya Tritiya. Lord Ganesha , Devi Lakshmi and Lord of wealth (Kuber) is worshiped. People buy gold items and new utensils, clothes. This day of Akshaya Tritiya is regarded as the "swayam siddh muhurat" for the whole day and any auspicous work can be performed on this day without consulting any astrologer or Pandit.

Kajari Teej
Kajari Teej is also known as Kajli Teej and falls on the third day of Krishna Paksha in Bhadrapada month. The celebration is done for two days and sometimes continue till the arrival of Janmashtami, Sri Krishna's birthday. Goddess Parvati is worshipped on Kajari Teej. Married females fast on this day for the long life and well being of their husbands and get blessings of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. Women are dressed beautifully in their attire and do the 16 Shrinngaar (Bindi, Sindoor, Mehndi, Bangles, etc..are applied).

Hartalika Teej
Hartalika Teej is celebrated on third day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Bhadrapada. On this day also, women especially married womens fast for the long life and well being of their husbands. They pray to Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva for the blessings. Hartalika Teej is celebrated in states such as Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar.

The word Teej means Tritiya, the Teej festivals occur on the third day of the month. So that is why, Akha Teej is observed on the third day of Shukla Paksha of Vaishakh month, Hariyali Teej falls on third day of Shukla Paksha of Shravan Maas, Kajari Teej falls on the third day of Krishna Paksha and Hartalika Teej on the third day of Shukla Paksha in Bhadrapada Maas.

Teej 2019 : Legend Of Teej Festival
It is believed that Goddess Parvati prayed and worshipped Lord Shiva with full devotion and dedication, for 108 years. After which Lord Shiva accepted her as his wife. Since time immortal, the festival of Teej is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, who is also known as ‘Teej Mata’. Thus Teej is celebrated by women folks to get a husband as Goddess Parvati reunited with Lord Shiva for a blissful marriage.

Happy Teej everybody! हरियाली तीज की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं |