Bhai Dooj is a traditional Hindu festival that is observed in India and by Indians all over the world. During a particular ceremony held to commemorate the occasion, sisters put a Tikka on their brother's forehead and offer prayers for their happiness and health. This momentous occasion honors the relationship and love between brothers and sisters. The fifth day of Diwali is dedicated to Bhai Dooj celebrations. The celebration is held two days after Diwali. Bhai Phonta, Bhaiya Dooj, Bhau Beej, Bhatra Dwitiya, Bhai Dwitiya, and Bhathru Dwithiya are other names for Bhai Dooj. According to legend, Lord Krishna visited his sister Subhadra on the day that is now known as Diwali after slaying the demon Narakasura. Subhadra welcomed him by donning a tilak on his forehead. This day has since become known as Bhai Dooj.
According to a legend, Yamuna and Yamraj were brother and sister. He was born from the womb of Chhaya, wife of Lord Shree Narayan. Yamuna was very affectionate towards her brother Yamraj. To express her love, she used to invite Yamraj to have food again and again but Yamraj always declined the invitation as he was busy with his daily activities.
However, on the second day of Shukla Paksha of Kartik month, Yamuna made her brother Yamraj promise to have food at her house. According to legend he went to eat with his sister and freed all the living beings from hell that day.
Yamuna's happiness knew no bounds and she started feeding him with respect. Seeing his sister's affection, Yamraj asked her to ask for a boon. At that time Yamuna said I want that on this day the sister who will feed her brother with respect, hospitality and commentary should never be afraid of you.
When is Bhai Dooj Celebrated?
The words "Bhai" and "Dooj" both refer to the second day following the new moon. Therefore, Bhai Dooj is observed just two days after Diwali. On the second day of Shukla Paksha in the Kartik month, it is observed. It is also known as Yama Dwitiya. Lord Chitragupta is also honoured on this day. The dates of Bhai Dooj and other important festivals are very unclear this year.
This year, the second date of Kartik Krishna Paksha is falling on both October 26 and 27. The festival of Bhai Dooj will start at 02:43 pm on October 26 and will continue till 12.45 pm on October 27. On this day, the auspicious time to do tilak with my brother will be from 12:14 pm to 12:47 pm.