Right from Dhanteras, the Diwali festivities kicks off. It marks the beginning of a five-day festival in India. Bhai Dooj marks the last day of Diwali festival. As the name is suggestive itself, it celebrates the beautiful relationship of a brother-sister. Bhai Dooj 2017 is celebrated on second Tithi of Shukla Paksha in Kartika month of Hindu calendar. On this day, every girl puts vermillion on her brother’s forehead and pray for his well-being. Just like Raksha Bandhan, Bhai Dooj is celebrated in India with full fervour and zeal.
Bhai Dooj 2017 Puja Vidhi
On the day of Bhai Dooj, sisters prepare a ‘Chauk’ using the rice paste.
The Pooja Thali is prepared with vermillion, rice, lamp and sweets.
Keep pumpkin flowers, betelnut and a silver coin on your hand and pour some water on them.
Now, put some vermillion ‘Tilak’ on your brother’s forehead. After doing this, brothers give some presents to their sister.
Sisters pray for the longevity of their brother’s life.
Tie a holy thread on your brother’s right wrist and feed him with some sweets.
Bhai Dooj 2017 History and Significance
There’s a story behind celebration of Bhai Dooj in India. Yamraj used to love his sister Yamuna more than his life. But he wasn’t able to see his sister due to excess workload. One day, he plans to visit his sister after a long time. Yamuna was elated to see her brother after such a long time. She made delicious dishes for her dear brother.
Seeing Yamuna’s hospitality, he presents her with a number of gifts. He promises his sister to come back again. He also asks Yamuna to ask for any boon she wants. She takes an oath from Yamraj that every year on this day he will come to meet her and accept her hospitality. Thus, on this day every year, Bhai Dooj is celebrated.
Bhai Dooj 2017 Puja Timings and Muhurat
Tilak Muhurat: 1:19 pm to 3:36 pm.
Second Tithi from 21st October 2017 1:37 pm to 22nd October 2017 3:00 pm.
Bhai Dooj 2017 Puja Mantra
गंगा पूजा यमुना को, यमी पूजे यमराज को. सुभद्रा पूजे कृष्ण को गंगा यमुना नीर बहे मेरे भाई आप बढ़ें फूले फलें.