Raksha Panchami, also known as Rekha Panchami in the eastern and southern regions of India, is one of the auspicious festivals. It is celebrated prominently in the state of Odisha on the Panchami Tithi of the Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada month according to the Hindu Vedic calendar. The festival is dedicated to Batuk Bhairav who is known as one of the incarnations of Lord Shiva.
It is believed that if someone has not fastened Rakhi on Raksha Bandhan, then they can celebrate the festival on the Raksha Panchami. Along with Bhairav Dev, Lord Ganesha is also worshiped on this day, and people seek their blessings for great virtue.
Raksha Panchami: Date and Times
According to Panchang, Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi of the Bhadrapada month will commence at 9:01 PM on August 15 and will be in effect until 8:17 PM on August 16. When the sun rises in the Panchami Tithi on Tuesday, Raksha Panchami will be celebrated on August 16.
Raksha Panchami: Shubh Muhurati
The auspicious Brahma Muhurat will prevail from 4:24 am to 5:07 am. Abhijit Muhurat is Tuesday from 11:59 am to 12:51 pm. The times for the Godhuli Muhurat are from 6:47 PM to 7:11 PM. Vijaya muharat will fall from 2:37 pm to 3:29 pm.
Raksha Panchami: Puja Vidhi
On this day, devotees wake up early and bathe in Brahma Muhurat. They draw idols of Lord Ganesha, Batuka Bhairav and Lord Shiva on every house door. They also make door wallpaper using palm leaves and write their prayers on each leaf and then hang it on the front door. In addition to the leaves, people also hang a small packet of rice and kusha grass on every door. Apart from that, devotees also provide milk to snakes and food to other animals.
Raksha Panchami: Meaning
The festival of Raksha Panchami is celebrated prominently in the state of Odisha and neighboring regions. The day has special significance for the tribal people of the state. The day is celebrated to get freedom from Mruga i.e. wild animals like wolves, tigers and wild dogs. It is believed that by worshiping Lord Bhairav on this day, they gain protection from the wild animals.
Also known as Rekha Panchami, the festival involves drawing a rekha or line that will not be outdone by the wild animals. Aside from animal safety, the day is considered auspicious in many other regions of India.
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