Bhai Duj


"Bhratus tabaa grajaataaham, Bhunksa bhaktamidam shuvam Preetaye yama raajasya, Yamunaah Visheshatah."
" I'm your sister, Eat this sacred rice, For the pleasure of "Yam Raj" and "Yamuna"."

Bhai Duj festival is one of the much awaited occasions for the followers of Hindu religion across India. On this auspicious day, people understand the value and significance of having their own sibling that are often the most lasting bonds in a person's life. The sister decorates the mithai, batashas, roli and rice along with the coconut on a thaali. Sisters ceremonize their love for their brothers by putting an auspicious tilak or a vermilion mark on the forehead of their brothers and performs an aarti of him by showing him the light of the holy flame as a mark of love and protection from evil forces. Then they sweeten their mouths with mouth-watering eatables. Then its brother's turn, sisters are lavished with gifts, treats and blessings from their brothers. Generally, the girl of the house is given presents of clothes, utensils, and lots of mithai and fruits at festivals. According to the Hindu scriptures, it is said that anyone who receives the auspicious tilak on the forehead from his sister on this day would never be hurled into hell.

On the auspicious day of 'Yam-Dwitiya' the people of 'Kayastha' community of Hindus celebrates the holy function of worshipping Lord Chitragupta who is the God, who maintains the records of life and death of the creatures. The 'Kayastha' community also worships the pen, paper and ink on this day in the honor of Lord Chitragupta.

Bhai Duj is celebrated on the fifth day of diwali and it falls on second day after diwali that is on 'Shukla Paksha Dwitiya' in the Hindi month of 'Kartik'. 'Dwitiya' means 'Duj' or the second day after the new moon. Thus Bhayya Duj is the festival that marks the end of diwali celebrations. This festival is popular in different regions with different names such as 'Bhai-Dooj' in north India, 'Bhav-Bij' in Maharashtra, 'Bhai-Phota' in Bengal and 'Bhai-Teeka' in Nepal.

When is BHAI DUJ in 2009

This year Bhai Duj will be celebrated on 19th October 2009.

History of Bhai Duj : Why We Celebrate

Bhai Duj Shlokas and Mantra

Bhai Duj Special Recipe







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