Raksha Panchami


Raksha Panchami is an important festival in the tribal regions of Orissa and northeastern regions of India. This festival is celebrated on the Krishna paksha Panchami tithi of ‘Bhadraba’ month of the Oriya calendar which is Krishna Paksha Panchami of Shravana masa in traditional panchang. ‘Batuk Bhairav’ an avatar of Lord Shiva is worshipped on this day. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm and full pomp in the state of Orissa, India. It is also referred as ‘Rekha Panchami’ or ‘Rakhya Panjami’.

Raksha Panchami 2023

Mon , 4th Sep 2023

Significance

Raksha Panchami is of great significance for the tribal people of Orissa and is dedicated to Lord Batuk Bhairava. It is observed for protection from wild animal attack or to be safeguarded from ‘Mruga’ -animals like wolf, tiger and elephants. The word ‘Rekha’ translates to 'a line or a borderline' in Hindi. This panchami festival involves drawing a line on the doors to denote a border to seek protection from wild animals. Though this festival is primarily observed to seek protection from wild animal attack, people also worship vahanas- vehicles of Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha. Our ancient tradition has created customs and festivals with deep understanding on ecosystem and environment. They have always aimed at coexisting and enrich the existing ecosystem.

On Raksha Panchami, siblings who missed out to celebrate Rakhi on Raksha Bandhan, perform the Rakhi tying ceremony.

Rituals

On this day people wake up early and complete their morning rituals. They begin preparations early part of the day for the pooja. Holy Images or paintings of Lord Ganesh, Batuka Bhairav and Lord Mahadev are drawn on every door of the house. A painting of Nandi Bull, Lord Shiva’s vehicle is drawn on the back door. Once the drawings are done, Shiva devotees meditate and write a small prayer to Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha on a palm leaf with faith and devotion. This palm leaf with prayer is decorated with flowers and tied to hang on the topmost part of the door. A small pouch of rice grains and kusha grass is also hung along with the palm leaf. Raksha Panchami is marked by a unique ceremony of making food offerings to snakes and other wild animals.

Benefits

  • Observing Raksha Panchami protects tribal people from animal attacks 
  • This festival also creates a sense of awareness on wild animal and the method of coexistence 
  • This ritual also paves way for understanding the way of ecosystem and its sustenance. 

Important Timings On Raksha Panchami

Sunrise

September 04, 2023 6:13 AM

Sunset

September 04, 2023 6:38 PM

Panchami Tithi Begins

September 03, 2023 6:24 PM

Panchami Tithi Ends

September 04, 2023 4:42 PM

Raksha Panchami festival dates between 2020 & 2030

Year

Date

2020

Saturday, 8th of August

2021

Friday, 27th of August

2022

Tuesday, 16th of August

2023

Monday, 4th of September

2024

Saturday, 24th of August

2025

Wednesday, 13th of August

2026

Tuesday, 1st of September

2027

Sunday, 22nd of August

2028

Thursday, 10th of August

2029

Wednesday, 29th of August

2030

Sunday, 18th of August

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