The festival of Bhai Dooj is celebrated among different cultures under different names. It falls on the 5th day of the 5 days long festival of Diwali. In southern parts of India, it is known as Yama Dwitiya.
The day celebrates the love and affection between siblings. As the name suggests ‘Bhai’ means brother and ‘Dooj’ means 2nd, thus marking its celebration on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha, according to the Hindu calendar.
Bhai Dooj 2020: Date and Mahurat
Date- 16th November 2020
Bhai Dooj 2020 Tilak Time- 1:10 PM – 3:16 PM
The Legends associated with Bhai Dooj
Legends associated with Bhai Dooj
Though different legends are known for this day the most popular is of Lord Yama, the God of death. It is believed he visited his sister Yamuna on the second lunar day of Kartik Shukla. Seeing him, she offered him an aarti and gifts, but Yama was empty-handed so he blessed her sister.
Similarly, another legend of Lord Krishna and how he went to visit his sister Shubhadra after slaying Narakasura is often considered to be a reason for the celebration of this day.
This day has major significance in Hindu culture since it is believed if you celebrate this day then you won’t suffer the wrath of Yama.
Bhai Dooj Rituals and Significance
On this day the sister applies tilak along with rice grains on the forehead of her brother in return the brother gives her a gift to show his love. Both of them pray for the prosperity and long life of each other. It is believed if you celebrate this day by taking a holy bath and feeding your brother sweets and delicious food then your bond will always be everlasting.
Brothers also promise to protect their sister from any harm and negative energies of this universe.
This day has special significance for ages as it celebrates the bond between siblings. Yama also loved his sister Yamuna with his whole heart that is why he gave her the boon. This day is a little different from Rakhsha Bandhan, though their main motive is the same, on Bhai Dooj sisters act as a shield for their brothers to protect them from evil energies.
While performing the ceremony we should also keep in mind some direction.
- At the time of tilak, the brother should be facing the north or northwest direction.
- The Sister should be facing northeast or east direction while performing the tilak ceremony.
- Chalk on which the pooja material is kept should be made by using flour and cow dung. It should be made in the northeast direction.
- In some cultures, a dry coconut along with kelwa is also used while doing the aarti of the brother.
Thus this day observes love and affection between the siblings.
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