Posted: Post Date – 01:47 PM, Wednesday – October 26
Hyderabad: Bhai Dooj is a festival celebrating the sacred bond between siblings. On this day, sisters pray for the health and longevity of their brothers, smear tilak on their foreheads, and celebrate with food, gifts and sweets. The festival is also known as Bhaiya Dooj, Bhau Beej, Bhatra Dwitiya, Bhai Dwitiya and Bhathru Dwithiya.
History and significance of Bhai Dooj
The occasion is the last day of the five-day celebration of Diwali or Tihar. It is also known as “Yama Dwitiya” in South India.
There are some Hindu mythological stories related to the history of this auspicious day, but the two most famous are Yamraj and Yamuna, and Krishna and Subhadra.
Yamraj’s sister, Yamuna, finally managed to invite her brother to her house after many unsuccessful attempts. Yamraj was taken aback as his sister held a grand ceremony for him, prepared a feast and offered him sweets. She also placed a tikka on his forehead as a warm welcome.
And the second is related to Lord Krishna’s visit to his sister Subhadra after defeating Narakasura. It is said that Subhadra welcomed her brother Krishna with a wreath, placed a tikka on his forehead and performed an aarti for him.
Auspicious time to perform the tikka ceremony
Bhai Dooj is usually celebrated two days after Diwali every year, with dwitiya tithi between 2:42pm on October 26th and 12:45pm on October 27th.
The Bhai Dooj ceremony must be performed during aparhna muhurat – 1:12pm to 3:27pm.