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. This year the festival will be celebrated on November 9, 2018. The festival celebrates the love between a brother and sister. On the occasion of Bhai Dooj, women pray to the Gods for long and prosperous lives for their brothers. The festival 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 Bhai Dooj, sisters invite their brothers home and 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. 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).
Sisters pray for their brother’s well-being and prosperity and the brothers on the other hand offer them gifts. 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.
Bhai Dooj puja timing
Bhai Dooj tika or tilak muhurat: 1:09 pm to 3:17 pm
Dwitiya tithi begins: 9:07 pm on 8 November
Dwitiya tithi ends: 9:20 pm on 9 November
Here’s wishing everyone a happy Bhai Dooj 2018!