Bhai Dooj is a festival celebrated by Hindus on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar or of Shalivahan Shaka calendar month of Kartika.
The love between siblings is one that should be cherished throughout the year. Bhai Dooj, also known as Yama Dwitiya or Bhai Tika, is a Hindu festival that honours this special link of love and protection. Bhai Dooj is celebrated two days after Diwali on the second lunar day of the 'Shukla Paksha' (bright fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Kartika. This year, Bhai Dooj falls on November 6.
Historical context and significance
There are various legends associated with the celebration of this auspicious event, as there are with most Hindu celebrations, the most popular of which is about Yamraj, the god of death. According to folklore, Yamraj's sister Yamuna tried numerous times to persuade her brother to visit her, but Yamraj could not do so for a long time. He was greeted with a grand ceremony, given sweets, and had the ceremonial tika placed on his forehead when he finally met her.
Yamraj bestowed a boon on Yamuna in gratitude for the affection and respect he received, and she, in turn, requested that he set aside a day each year to visit her residence. As a result, the custom of siblings visiting each other on this day began to honour their kinship.
Another story claims that after slaying the monster Naraksura, Lord Krishna went to see his sister Subhadra on this day. Subhadra greeted him with a flower garland, applied the tika to his forehead, and conducted an aarti, giving birth to the Bhai Dooj festival.
According to the Hindu calendar, Bhai Dooj is observed on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha of the Kartika month.
Muhurat for Bhai Dooj 2021:
Bhai Dooj Aparahna, 01:10 p.m. to 03:21 p.m. On November 5, 2021, at 11:14 p.m.,
Dwitiya Tithi begins on November 6, 2021 Dwitiya Tithi will end at 07:44 PM