Like Govardhan Puja, there is confusion among the people whether Bhai Dooj will be celebrated on 14th November or 15th November. Due to the auspicious date falling between two days, this confusion often arises during festivals. If you are also confused as to when will the festival of Bhai Dooj be celebrated and at what auspicious time to apply Tilak to your brother, then read this article to know.
In Hindu religion, Bhai Dooj is celebrated on the second date of Shukla Paksha of Kartik month. Like Raksha Bandhan, this festival is dedicated to the love and affection between brothers and sisters. On this day, sister applies tilak to her brother and there is a tradition of tying Mauli. This festival is celebrated the next day of Govardhan Puja and 2 days after Diwali.
On the day of Bhai Dooj, sisters observe a fast for the well-being of their brother and pray for his long life. Like Rakshabandhan, Mauli ties a thread on the wrist of the brothers and does tilak. On this day, there is a tradition of giving coconut to the brothers after sweetening their mouths. It is said that on this day, the sisters who observe fast and perform puja for their brothers with devotion, this leads to longer life of their brothers. On this day, it is believed that after applying Tilak, one should offer food to the brother.
When is Bhai Dooj?
According to the Panchang, the second date of Shukla Paksha of Kartik month will start from 2:36 pm on 14th November and will continue till 1:45 pm the next day on 15th November. Thus, due to Udaya Tithi, Bhai Dooj will be celebrated on 15th November. Sisters can apply tilak to brothers at any time during this date. On 15th November, on the day of Bhai Dooj, Rahukaal is from 12:03 pm to 1:24 pm. In such a situation, Tilak should not be done during the time of Rahukaal. The auspicious time for worship on the day of Bhai Dooj will be from 6:44 to 9:24 in the morning.
Why is Bhai Dooj celebrated?
The festival of Bhai Dooj is considered a symbol of strengthening the brother-sister relationship. On the day of Bhai Dooj, sisters take bath and worship and then apply tilak to the brother, after which the brother gives gifts to his sister. There is a mythological story behind celebrating Bhai Dooj. It is said that on this day, Yamraj had gone home on the invitation of his sister Yamuna, after which sister Yamuna gave great hospitality to Yam by applying tilak to him and then gifted him a coconut shell. Since then the tradition of celebrating Bhai Dooj started. On this day, if any brother visits his sisters’ house and eats food and accepts their hospitality, all his wishes are fulfilled.
How to apply tilak to brother?
Before doing Tilak on Bhai Dooj, it is very important that you have sufficient puja materials. For this, take a plate, small lamp, tikka, roli, rice, coconut, batasha, betel leaves and sweets. Before applying Tilak, sisters should take bath in the morning and wear clean clothes. Then the brother should be made to sit in the east or north direction and after applying tilak with Roli and Akshat, he should be given a coconut as a gift. Before applying Tilak, brother must tie a cloth or handkerchief on his head. After getting the tilak applied, brothers should touch the feet of their sisters and seek their blessings and also give them some gifts.
Importance of Bhai Dooj
The festival of Bhai Dooj is seen with much fanfare throughout the country. According to religious beliefs, eating food prepared by sisters on this day brings every happiness of life to the brothers. Also, by worshiping Yamraj and Yamuna Devi on this day, one gets relief from sins committed knowingly or unknowingly. It is said that lighting a four-wick lamp and donating a lamp in the evening on Bhai Dooj brings happiness and prosperity.
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