Is Raksha Bandhan on 11th or 12th August 2022? Know the details here

Over centuries, the Hindu community has celebrated the precious bond of siblinghood in the form of Raksha Bandhan. A festival dedicated to siblings' love, loyalty, and protection for each other. The festival is so auspicious and holy that sisters want to perform the Rakhi tying ceremony only at the 'Shubh Mahurat.' They want the festival proceedings done at the right time, ensuring maximum auspiciousness for their loved ones and utmost positivity in the atmosphere.

There's a lot of debate regarding the 'Shubh Mahurat' and the exact date of the celebration of Raksha Bandhan. For the past few weeks, everyone thought the festival was on 11th August until the debate on the actual 'Shubh Mahurat' started, and people got puzzled about between two dates of the Raksha Bandhan celebration, i.e., 11th and 12th August. So, when is Raksha Bandhan? What is the auspicious time for performing Rakhi tying ritual, and why is there a debate over 11th August not being the ‘Shubh Mahurat’ for the festival? Know all the answers below.

Is Raksha Bandhan on 11th or 12th August 2022? Know the details here

When is Raksha Bandhan 2022?

This year, Raksha Bandhan falls on two dates, i.e., the 11th and 12th of August. The reason is two different auspicious timings to perform the rituals, and both these timings fall on different dates, as mentioned above. Regarding the most auspicious date for following the ceremony, both dates have different time slots, and you can celebrate the festival on either date that is more convenient for you. But why are there two dates for one festival? Let's understand this as well.

The reason behind two celebration dates of Raksha Bandhan:

On 11th August 2022, most of the day will be spent in 'Bhadra Mahurat,' a time that is not good for any celebrations. And that shifts the other auspicious time of the festival on 12th August 2022. Here are the complete details of all the auspicious and un-auspicious timings for Raksha Bandhan 2022:

Bhadra time starts 11th August Thursday 10:38 am
Bhadra time ends 11th August Thursday 08:51 pm
1st Shubh Mahurat Starts 11th August Thursday 08:52 pm
1st Shubh Mahurat ends 11th August Thursday 09:50 pm
2nd Shubh Mahurat starts 12th August Friday 11:59 am
2nd Shubh Mahurat starts 12th August Friday 12:52 pm

While the most auspicious date between 11th and 12th August is not clear, what is crystal clear is not to celebrate Raksha Bandhan during Bhadra time as Bhadra Dasha is not considered good in Hindi astrology and Sanatan Dharma. Celebrating a festival at this time of the day can cause malefic effects on your loved ones.

Why is Bhadra tithi un-auspicious?

Bhadra, the daughter of Surya dev and Devi Chayya and sister of Lord Shani, was born with the evilness of Halahla poison and hence was so powerful that she could swallow the entire universe altogether. While she was about to do so, Bhadra was stopped by Lord shiva and Shani dev, and she died in the quarrel. Shani dev, devastated by the loss of a sibling, declared her as Bhadra Dasha, who will influence people with her powers during particular times. Therefore, it is usually suggested not to perform any religious or auspicious task in Bhadra Dasha.