Bhai Dooj 2017 Pooja Muhurat: Date, Significance, Story And Bhau Beej Auspicious Timings For Tilak
Bhai Dooj, Bhai Phota (in West Bengal), Bhau Beej, or Bhai Teeka is a popular Hindu festival celebrated by Hindus of India and Nepal on the second day after Diwali (Festival of Lights). This year the festival will be celebrated on October 21, 2017. The festival celebrates the bond between a brother and sister and is similar to Raksha Bandhan but has different rituals. It falls on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha in the Vikram Samvat calendar month of Kartik. On this day sisters apply ‘tilak’ or ‘teeka’ on the foreheads of their brothers and receive gifts in return and that is why the festival is also called Bhai teeka. On Bhai Dooj the Kayastha community of India and Nepal celebrate Chitragupta Puja also called Kalam-Dawaat Puja or Yama Dwitiya. Sisters observe this festival with their brothers and perform puja in the morning and pray to the Gods and Goddesses for better future, prospect and health for their brothers. Here we have outlined the significance, story and muhurat to observe this festival of Bhai Dooj or Bhau Beej. Bhai Dooj is a very popular festival and holds much significance in the Hindu Mythology as Yamraj celebrated this festival with his sister Yami (Yamuna).
Bhai Dooj, Bhau Beej or Bhai Phota is similar to Raksha Bandhan as this festival also marks the bond of love between them and the sisters pray for their brother’s well-being and prosperity and the brothers offer them gifts in exchange. After praying to the Gods and Goddesses sisters put vermillion, dahi and rice on their forehead. After this, they do aarti and offer sweet and water to drink. Finally, they exchange gifts and take blessings from their elders by touching their feet. The sisters prepare a sumptuous meal for their brothers and apply tika or tilak on their brother’s forehead which signifies their blessings and prayers for their brothers. Chitragupta Puja 2017: Date, Muhurat, Significance, Shloka And Vrata Katha of Kalam-Dawaat Puja For Kayastha community
Story of Bhai Dooj
According to the popular Hindu Mythology, the God of Death Yamraj visited his sister Yami (Yamuna) on this special day. Yami welcomed him with aarti, tilak and sweets. She offered him delectable dishes to eat and he returned her sister a gift signifying his love and affection towards his sister. That day Yamraj declared that the brother who would receive aarti and tilak by his sister on that day should never be frightened of death and Yamlok. That is why this day is also called Yama Dwitiya.
According to another story, Lord Krishna returned to his sister Subhadra after killing the demon Narakasur and she welcomed him with aarti, tilak, sweets and flowers.
How to celebrate Bhai Dooj
Sisters invite their brothers to their house for the festival of Bhai Dooj. A seat of rice flour is made by sisters for their brothers for the ceremony. They put a paste of rice and sindoor in the hands of their brothers. Then they offer flowers of Kaddu, betel leaves, betel nut and coins in the palms of their brothers. Sisters chant mantras and shlokas while pouring water on their brother’s palms. Then kalawa is applied on hand, tilak on the forehead and aarti is performed. A lamp is lit facing the southern direction. At some places like in Haryana, Maharastra sisters who don’t have any brothers worship the Moon.
Bhai Dooj Muhurat and auspicious timing
Bhai Dooj Tika Muhurat = 13:12 to 15:27
Dwitiya Tithi Begins = 01:37 on 21/Oct/2017
Dwitiya Tithi Ends = 03:00 on 22/Oct/2017
Bhai Dooj, Bhai Photo or Bhau Beej like Raksha Bandhan celebrates the love of a sister and brother and is one of the most celebrated festivals of India. Unlike Raksha Bandhan where the festival denotes the tying of Rakhi and signifies that the brother will protect the sister, here no rakhi is tied and the sister in a way provides the protection for the brother by praying to the Gods and Goddesses for his prosperity and long life.