Bhai Dooj- a beautiful bond of brother-sister
Bhai Dooj is a popular Hindu festival and the most prominent and legendary festival of India. In this ceremony sisters prays to God, perform puja and tika ceremony to get a long living and prosperous life and as well as they get return gifts from brothers. This festival is celebrated after two days of Diwali.
This year Bhai Dooj falls on 21st October, Saturday. According to Gregorian calendar, Bhai Dooj is celebrated on the second day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Kartika (between October and November).
Brother and sister for each other’s happiness and prosperity and exchange some gifts as a token of gratitude. Bhai Dooj is a beautiful brother-sister bond. Bhai Dooj is a beautiful brother-sister bond and after puja the sisters do an Aarti and offer sweets to their brothers. Bhaiya Dooj is also known as Bhau Beej and Bhathru Dwithiya.
Date and Tika Muhurat Time:-
- Date: – Saturday, 21st October 2017
- Bhai Dooj Tika Muhurat: – 1:31 PM – 3:49 PM
1. Bhai Dooj 2017 falls on 21st October, Saturday
2. Bhai Dooj is celebrated on the second day of Shukla Paksha
3. Sisters apply tilak on the foreheads of their brothers and seek blessings
Bhai Dooj and History
According to Hindu ancient folklore, the God of Death (Yama) once visited his sister Yami or Yamuna on this special day. His sister welcomed him by doing an aarti and tilak ceremony. She also offered him a beautiful garland and sweets and Yama in return gave her some gifts.
After the ceremony, Yama declared that all the brothers who are applied tilak and tika by their sisters will never be fearful in life. This is probably how the tradition of celebrating Bhai Dooj began which is also known as Yama Dwitiya.
Here is another popular story, according to in the Hindu mythology, when Lord Krishna returned to his sister Subhadra after killing demon king Narakasur, he was welcomed by his sister with tilak, aarti,flowers and sweets.
How to celebrate Bhai Dooj?
All the sisters wake up very early in the morning, pray to God and Goddesses to give blessings to their brothers to be protected from all the problems and bad fortune worship for the better future and health for their brothers. Brothers also follow their responsibilities towards their loving and caring sisters.
They apply the mixture and paste of rice and Sindoor. Then, sisters offer flower of Kaddu, betel leaves, betel nut and coins in the palms of their brother. Sisters chant mantras by pouring water on the palm. The application of Kalawa (Kangan) in the hand, tilak and aarti is performed.
Sisters lit a lamp facing the south direction. This is fulfilled the wishes requested by the God for the longevity of the brother.
Sisters who are far away from their brothers, they make pray to the God moon, take aarti for the happiness and prosperity in the life of their brothers. Brothers also send return gifts to their sisters through the email, post and whatever their convenience is. This is also the reason why all children make a call to the moon by the name of Chandamama.
Bhai Dooj Significance
People celebrate this festival with the great passion and fun. It is the perfect time when both brothers and sisters remember their responsibilities and care for each other. It renews the bond and relationship of love between brothers and sisters, when all the family members get together to celebrate it. Bhai Dooj brings a lot of happiness, affection and warmth between the relationship of brother and sister. It’s a way to represent the love and care of brothers and sisters to each other. Prayers are done by the sisters on this occasion by pouring water on their hands.
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