Bhai Dooj will be celebrated in India on October 21, 2017, Saturday.
Bhai Dooj is the most legendary and significant festival in India. In this day, sisters pray for the prosperous and long life of their brothers. They apply teeka on their brother’s forehead and perform pooja and brothers offer return gift to them. It is often called as Bhau Deej in Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka, Ningol Chakuba in Manipur, Bhau deej, and Bhai Phota and Bhathru Dwithiya in Bengal.
Bhai Dooj 2017 Tika Shubh Muhurat Timing
Bhai Dooj Tika Muhurat = 13:19 to 15:36
Duration = 2 Hours 16 Mins
Dwitiya Tithi Begins = 01:37 on 21-Oct-2017
Dwitiya Tithi Ends = 03:00 on 22-Oct-2017
Bhai Dooj is the most celebrated festival in the country which falls 2 days after Diwali. As per the Gregorian calendar, Bhai Dooj is celebrated on second day of Shukla Paksha in Kartik month (from October to November).
Sisters wake up early in the morning, worship their brothers and pray for the better health and future of their brothers, to their God. After celebrating Puja, rituals like applying teeka with vermillion, rice and curd on their forehead, are done. After celebration, they perform Aarti and offer glass of water and sweet to their brothers. Finally, they take gifts from their brothers.
Like Raksha Bandhan, Bhai Dooj is celebrated also in foreign countries to rejoice the bond of love among sisters and brothers. During this auspicious day, sisters pray for the prosperity and wellbeing of their brothers and brothers show their care and love towards their sisters by showering them with gifts. There are different legends and stories related to the celebration and origin of this occasion.
It is known that Yamraj, the God of Death, visited his sister Yami (Yamuna) on this auspicious day, as per Hindu Mythology. His sister applied Tilak and performed Aarti for her brother. She offered special dishes and garland to eat. He returned a different gift to his sister as a symbol of care and love towards his sister. Yamraj announced that brother who receives Aarti and Tilak by the sister would never get frightened. It is also known as Yama Dwitiya. Another tale claims that Lord Krishna, after defeating Narkasura, met his sister Subhadra, where he welcomed with aarti, tilak, flowers and sweets.
The festival of Bhai Dooj is celebrated with great fun and fervor in Haryana, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa. It’s the time when sisters and brothers recall their responsibilities towards one another. It renews and reunites the love and relationship of sisters and brothers when all the family members get together to celebrate it. Kheerni Poori or Basundi poori is a sweet dish prepared in Maharashtra, on this day.
The festival brings lots of affection, joy and warmth between the bond of sister and brother. The festival presents the affection and love of sisters and brothers. Five betel leaves and betel nuts are also placed at the brother’s head by the sisters. Sisters pour water on their hands to perform the prayer.
Sisters who live far away from their brothers, pray to moon god, take Aarti and pray for the prosperity and good health of their brothers. On the other side, brothers send lots of love and return gifts to their sisters through post.