Bhai Dooj भाईदूज


Deepawali is the biggest festival of Hindus and is celebrated on the fifth day of the five-day festival, the festival of Bhai Dooj. Bhai Dooj is also called Yama Dwitiya. The festival of Bhai Dooj is a festival based on brother-sister relationship, which is celebrated with great reverence and mutual love. After Rakshabandhan, BhaiDuj is the second festival dedicated to the deep love of siblings.

Bhai Dooj भाई दूज
Bhai Dooj भाईदूज

How to celebrate - The festival of Bhai Dooj is celebrated on the third day of Deepawali. On this day, married sisters and siblings invite their brother to his house for food, worship him and offer food to his brother. The sister wishes her long life by applying tilak to her brother and giving him a gift. There are some beliefs related to Bhai Dooj, on the basis of which it is celebrated differently in different regions.

Story of Bhai Dooj 

  Yamraj and Yamuna were born from the womb of Chhaya, wife of Suryadev. Yamuna used to request her brother Yamraj with affection that they come to her house and have food. But Yamraj used to defer the matter of Yamuna due to being busy. On seeing Kartik Shukla Dwitiya, Yamuna suddenly stood at his door and was delighted. Be happy and welcome brother and get food. Pleased with this, Yamraj asked the sister to ask for the bride. Then the sister told the brother that you will come here every year to dine with me and on this day, the sister who has fed her brother and fed food, will not fear you. Yamraj went to Yampuri saying 'Aastastu'. It is believed that the brothers who take bath in Yamuna on this day and accept the hospitality of the sisters with full devotion, they and their sister have no fear of Yama.


It is popular with respect to Bhai Dooj, that on this day, by lovingly applying tilak to the brother, the love is increased, the life of the brother is also long. Since on this day Yamuna ji had promised his brother Yamraj, according to him, celebrating Bhai Dooj gives freedom from fear of Yamraj, and increases the brother's age and sister's fortune.


 Brother's love is different. There is no better opportunity for the sister to express her love for her brother who has been concerned since childhood. As much importance is given to Raksha Bandhan, equally importance should also be given to Bhai Dooj. The sister should call the brother to his house and provide him food and with the desire of long life, he should give a small, but good gift.

Yamraj made this special promise to his sister on Bhaiya Dooj

The festival of Bhaiyuduj is celebrated every year on Kartik Shukla Dwitiya. On this day, sisters invite brother to their house or go to their house in the evening and tilak them and provide them food. This day is also called Yama Dwitiya, on this day Yamraj, the god of death, is worshiped.
On this day in Brajmandal, sisters take bath in Yamuna with their brother, which is said to have special significance. On this day, sisters also do some other Manglik legislation, with the desire of brother's welfare and growth. On the banks of the Yamuna, the gathering of brothers and sisters is considered welfare.

According to the legend of Bhayuduj, on this day Lord Yamraj goes to meet his sister Yamuna. Following him, the Indian fraternal tradition meets his sisters and worships them with due respect and is blessed by receiving tilak as a blessing from them.

The sisters should retire on this day by daily work and make an Ashtadal Kamal from Akshat Kunkumadi for the long life, welfare and prosperity of their brother, and should resolve this fast and worship Lord Yama, the god of death. After this, Yamabhini should worship Yamuna, Chitragupta and Yamdoots, then Tilant should be fed with Tilak. Both should remain fast till this method is done.

The legend is found in relation to this festival in this way. There were 2 children from the noun of Surya - son Yamraj and daughter Yamuna. Due to not being able to tolerate the noun sun fast, he created his own shadow and left it to his son and daughter. Chhaya had no attachment to Yama and Yamuna, but Yama and Yamuna had a lot of love.
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