Bhaiya Dooj : An Auspicious Day to Celebrate the Love Between Siblings

Bhaiya dooj is celebrated on the second day after Diwali. The meaning of Bhai dooj is signified in the name itself, as it celebrates the love between a brother and a sister. On this day, a sister prays for her brother's life, success, and prosperity. Whereas, the brother showers his sister with gifts. Here are some other names of Bhai Dooj:

  • Karnataka: Sodara Bidige
  • West Bengal: Bhai Phota
  • Nepal: Bhai-Tika
  • Maharashtra: Bhav-Bij
  • North India: Bhaiya Dooj or Bhai Dooj
  • Gujarat: Bhai Bij

Though a large part of India celebrates the festival during Diwali, some also celebrate Bhai Dooj a day or two after the festival of Holi. In many parts of South India, it is celebrated as Yama Dwitiya. Why Yama Dwitiya? Here is the story behind Bhai Dooj and why it is also called Yama Dwitiya.

Stories Behind Bhai Dooj Festival

Mythologically, there are two versions of the Bhaiya dooj festival. It is said that Lord Krishna met his sister Subhadra after he killed a demon named Narkasur. During this visit, she carried the puja thali, applied him tikka and then on this is a ritual which has been followed during Bhai dooj. This ritual is known as Bhai Dooj Puja Vidhi.

The other version of the story is that Sun God Surya married a girl named Samjna. They had twin children, Yama and Varni. However, Samjna found Sun’s heat unbearable and hence left for the earth, leaving behind her shadow called Chhaya, so that her absence is not felt. Soon Chhaya had her children and started ill-treating Yama and Varni. Fed up with this, Varni came down to earth to become the river Yamuna, and Yama went to the underworld and became the god of death. After a few years, they began to miss each other, and Yama decided to visit Varni, who was so happy that she prepared a big feast to welcome her brother.

Later, when Yama was about to leave, he asked his sister to make a wish as he wanted to give her something. Varni, claiming that she had everything she needed, said she wished that on this day, which was the second day after Diwali, all brothers should visit their sisters, and sisters should pray for their brother's happiness and long life. 

Bhai Dooj Puja Shubh Muhurat

Bhai Dooj 2020 Date: 16th November 2020, Monday

Bhai Dooj Aparahna Time: 01:10 PM to 03:18 PM

Dwitiya Tithi Begins: 07:06 AM on Nov 16, 2020

Dwitiya Tithi Ends: 03:56 AM on Nov 17, 2020

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Bhai Dooj Puja Vidhi

  • The Bhaiya dooj thali needs to be decorated festively. It should have vermillion, sandal, fruits, flowers, sweets, and betel nuts.
  • The ceremony takes place during the Bhai Dooj Pooja Time. 
  • A square with rice is chalked out, and on this square, the brother is seated while he waits for the bhai dooj tikka time/Muhurat, when the sister finally applies the tilak.
  • Once the tilak is applied, give fruits, betel nut, crystallized sugar, betel leaf, and black grams to your brother before performing an aarti on him.
  • Once the Tilak and Puja are done, the brother presents his sister with a gift before taking a vow to protect her for life.

Procedures performed during pooja need to be accurate and precise, incase you are unaware about the rituals and procedures for the pooja, you can still conduct traditional Vedic Puja online performed by renowned Pandits. 

Happy Bhai Dooj

The festival of Bhai Dooj represents siblings’ love and shows how special the bond between siblings can be. So pure and true in itself. We wish you all a very Happy Bhai Dooj. May it bring you and your siblings’ long life and prosperity.

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