By: Manmeet Kaur Tura
Bhai Dooj or Bhaiya Dooj is a festival that celebrates the bond between a brother and a sister. It is a renowned Hindu festival that is celebrated on the very last day of the 5 days long Diwali festival. As per the Hindu calendar, it is the second day of the Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month of Kartik.
According to the mythological stories, it was on this day that Lord Krishna paid a visit to his sister Subhadra after killing the evil demon Narakasura. His sister greeted him with respect and warmth by applying tilak on Krishna's forehead and offering him sweets and this marked the beginning of this festival.
There is another legend that on this particular day, Yama, the God of Death visited his sister, Yami and she greeted him with immense love and affection and applied tilak on his forehead and they both ate food together. They also exchanged gifts and blessings and Yama proclaimed that whoever received tilak from his sister on this auspicious day will live a long and prosperous life. Therefore Bhai Dooj is also known as Yama Dwitiya.
On this day both brother and sister wear new clothes and the sisters prepare food for her brother and as per the customs the sister applies tilak on the brother’s forehead and prays for his long and happy life. Some sisters also offer coconut to the brothers along with applying tilak. An aarti is performed before the tilak is applied to the brother; to tell him how special he is to her sister. The brother offers gifts and blessings to her sister as a token of love from his side. Women apply
Bhai Dooj 2018- 9th
Bhai Dooj Tika Muhurat = 13:09 to 15:17
Duration = 2 Hours 8 Mins
Dwitiya Tithi Begins = 21:07 on 8/Nov/2018
Dwitiya Tithi Ends = 21:20 on 9/Nov/2018
Bhai Dooj in West Bengal
In West Bengal, Bhai Dooj is commonly called
Bhai Dooj in Maharashtra
In Maharashtra and Goa, Bhai Dooj is called
Bhai Dooj in Uttar Pradesh
In UP, the sister, after applying tilak on her brother’s forehead, offers him crystallized sugar and water. It is also a ritual to offer the brother water and dried coconut.
Bhai Dooj in Bihar
Bhai Dooj in Nepal
In Nepal, Bhai Dooj is traditionally called Bhai Tihar or Bhai Teeka. The meaning of