Bhai Dooj: Date, puja muhurat, vidhi, and significance of the brother-sister festival

The celebrations of Bhai Dooj are very similar to Raksha Bandhan, on this day sisters pray for a long and prosperous life for their brothers, and brothers give gifts to their sisters.
Bhai Dooj
Bhai Dooj

Bhai Dooj is a Hindu festival celebrated around India. Like Raksha Bandhan, a festival that celebrates the bond between a brother and a sister, Bhai Dooj is a day meant for cherishing the relationship between siblings.

It is observed during the Diwali festival and is the second day of the Vikrami Samvat, which is the Hindu New Year and starts from the lunar month of Kartika. The first day of this New Year is observed as Govardhan Puja. The celebrations of Bhai Dooj are very similar to Raksha Bandhan, on this day sisters pray for a long and prosperous life for their brothers, and brothers give gifts to their sisters.

Bhai Dooj 2020 date

This year, Bhai Dooj will be celebrated on November 16.

Bhai Dooj 2020 Tithi

The Dwitiya Tithi starts at 7:06 AM on November 16 and ends at 3:56 AM on November 17.

Bhai Dooj 2020 puja time (shubh muhurat)

The Bhai Dooj rituals must be performed between 1:10 PM to 3:18 PM.

Significance of Bhai Dooj

According to Hindu mythology, Bhai Dooj is celebrated to commemorate Lord Krishna’s sister Subhadra’s loving gesture toward her brother. After Lord Krishna defeated Narakasur, Subhadra invited her brother to celebrate his victory, she applied tilak on his forehead and performed aarti, Lord Krishna was so pleased by his sister’s gestures that he blessed her with plentiful boons. According to another story, the festival is associated with Yamraj and his sister Yamuna and is also called Yama Dwitiya.

Bhai Dooj Puja Vidhi

On this day, the brothers go to their sister’s house if she is married. Sisters perform aarti for their brothers at the auspicious time and apply tilak, if the brother is older the sister will touch her brother’s feet and seek blessings, she will pray for the long and prosperous life of her brother and he will shower her with gifts. On this day sisters also cook for their brother and feed their brothers with many sweets.

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