Sisters and brothers have a special relationship that is celebrated at Bhai Dooj and Raksha Bandhan. Every year in the Hindu month of Kartik, the second day of Shukla Paksha, or the waning moon phase, is observed as Bhai Dooj. The festival usually takes place following Diwali. Even though it is celebrated throughout India, it is recognized by different names in different regions. Ningol Chakouba in Manipur and Bhau Beej in the Konkan region are the names of the celebration.
Rituals and Dates
On November 6, Bhai Dooj will be observed. After sunset on November 5, the Dwitiya Tithi begins at 11:14 pm and concludes at 7:44 pm the following day, November 6.
Sisters pray for their brothers’ safety and well-being by applying a tilak on their foreheads on this special day. In return, sisters receive gifts from their brothers. During the shubh muhurat of November 6, the rituals can be performed between 1:10 pm and 3:21 pm.
Symbolism and Historical Value
Yamuna and Yama are the puranic siblings associated with Bhai Dooj, according to Hindu literature. For a long time, the God of death could not visit his sister since he was occupied with the crucial duty at hand.
Yama once paid the Yamuna a surprise visit and bestowed a blessing upon her. As a result, Yamuna pleaded with him to refrain from taking the lives of his brothers on that particular day. Later, it was known as Bhai Dooj Day. Yama bestows blessings on those who bathe in the Yamuna river, according to Hindu belief.