Raksha Panchami is an important festival dedicated to ‘Batuk Bhairav’ who is an avatar of Lord Shiva and is celebrated with full pomp and show in the state of Orissa. It is also popularly known as ‘Rekha Panchami’ or ‘Rakhya Panjami’. Raksha Panchami falls on the ‘Panchami’ (5th day) tithi of the ‘Krishna Paksha’ (the waning phase of moon) in the ‘Bhadraba’ month of the Oriya calendar. In the traditional Hindu calendar it is celebrated on the ‘Krishna Paksha Panchami’ of the ‘Shravana’ month. On Raksha Panchami devotees also worship Lord Ganesha and this festival is mainly observed for the safety from wild animals. It is mainly a celebration in Orissa and few other adjoining eastern regions.

Raksha Panchami 2017 was on August 12 Saturday

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Batuk Bhairav

Batuk Bhairav

Rituals during Raksha Panchami:

  • Devotees get up early on Raksha Panchami and finish their morning rituals to begin preparations for the puja. On this day, images or paintings of Lord Ganesh, Batuka Bhairav and Lord Shiva or Mahadeb is drawn on every door of the house. Some people also draw a painting of Nandi, Lord Shiva’s vehicle on the back door.
  • Devotees write a small prayer to Lord Shiva on a palm leaf and hang it on the topmost part of the door. Along with this leaf, a small packet of rice and kusha grass is also hung on each door.
  • On Raksha Panchami there is a unique ceremony of making small offerings to snakes and other wild animals.

Important Timings On Raksha Panchami

Sunrise12-Aug-2017 06:05 AM
Sunset12-Aug-2017 18:57 PM
Panchami Tithi Begins11-Aug-2017 23:57 PM
Panchami Tithi Ends12-Aug-2017 22:56 PM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Significance of Raksha Panchami:

Raksha Panchami or Rekha Panchami holds great significance for the residents in the tribal area of Orissa. It is celebrated to get freedom from ‘Mruga’ and also get protection from attacks by wild animals like wolf, tiger and wild dogs. The ‘Rekha’ implying 'line' in Hindi is drawn on the doors on this day to seek safety from wild animals. Raksha Panchami is also an important day in other regions of the country. It is believed that those who missed tying the Rakhi on the day of Raksha Bandhan can do the same on Rekha Panchami.

Raksha Panchami festival dates between 2014 & 2024

YearDate
2014Friday, 15th of August
2015Wednesday, 2nd of September
2016Monday, 22nd of August
2017Saturday, 12th of August
2018Friday, 31st of August
2019Tuesday, 20th of August
2020Saturday, 8th of August
2021Friday, 27th of August
2022Tuesday, 16th of August
2023Monday, 4th of September
2024Saturday, 24th of August
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