Bhai Dooj : The Festival of care, love and affection
Bhai Dooj is a very famous festival that the Hindus celebrate on the 5th day of Diwali. It usually falls in the Kartik month on ‘Shukla Pakha Dwityiyaa’. Usually, the end of Diwali is marked by this festival. The occasion has gained a lot of popularity among people all across the globe. It is known with different names like Bhav Bij in Maharashtra, Bhai Dooja in North India, Bhai Teeka in Nepal and Bhai Phota in Bengal. The affection and love of sisters and brothers is indicated by this event. On this day, Tilak is put on the brother’s forehead by sisters and sweets are given to them. Usually, a sister offers her prayers for the well being and long life of her brother. Sisters who cannot meet their brothers owing to the distance issue can send some good Bhai dooj SMS, to make them happy.
Bhai Dooj Pooja and Rituals :
Just like other festivals, even this festival has a story associated with it. On this day, the God of death, Yama, went to his sister’s home after a very long time. Out of excitement, he was given a warm welcome by Yami, his sister. A mark of good luck was put on his forehead. They both shared a meal together. The affection, love and welcome of his sister thrilled him. Then he proudly gave a blessing that on this particular day that if a sister puts a Tilak on brother’s forehead, nothing can harm him. Since then, this tradition has started. In Maharashtra, there is a trend that a sister who is far away from her brother can worship Moon God for the long life of her brother.
On this day which is considered to be quite auspicious, Pooja is performed by sisters for the good life and safety of their brothers. In return, they get gifts from their brothers as a token of love. This is the day to give gifts and share food. Sisters and brothers send Bhai Dooj SMS to each other.
This occasion is symbolized with hearts full of friendliness, care, invaluable gifts, pure prayers, new clothes and delicious food. Some important points are suggested by the astrologers before performing the Puja. These include:
Waking up before sunrise and getting ready for doing the Puja
Performing the Puja before noon
Decorating the Puja thali with nariyal, money, gifts, sweets and roli
Brothers should remember of keeping a handkerchief on their had and must face towards the East West direction.
Brother should go to his sister’s house wherein she will put a Tilak on his forehead and would pray for his prosperity and long life.