Bhubaneswar: Bhai Dooj, an auspicious Hindu festival which is on Wednesday, marks the relationship between brothers and sisters.
On this day, sisters apply a tika on their brothers’ foreheads and pray for their long and happy life. The brothers offer gifts to their sisters in return.
On the same day, this year, Govardhan puja is also being celebrated in the country.
Bhai Dooj is celebrated not just in India, but in Nepal as well. Known as Bhai Tika, this is the second most important festival in the country after Vijaya Dashami.
Bhai Dooj 2022 Date: Shubh Muhurat
Dwitiya Tithi Begins – October 26, 2022 – 02:42 PM
Dwitiya Tithi Ends – October 27, 2022 – 12:45 PM
Bhai Dooj Aprahana Time – October 26, 2022 – 01:12 PM to 03:27 PM
History, story, and significance behind Bhai Dooj
The festival of Bhai Dooj has a literal meaning attached to it. ‘Bhai’ means brother and ‘Dooj’ means the second day after the new moon which is a day of celebration.
In Hinduism, the day holds special significance into the lives of a brother and a sister.
This auspicious occasion not only commemorates the strong bonding between two opposite-sex siblings but is also said to protect them from evil forces and bring new hopes and prosperity in their lives.
Bhai Dooj is celebrated in different parts of the country with different rituals and has various folklores associated with it.
The festival is known as Bhai Phota in West Bengal, Bhau Beej in Maharashtra, and Yama Dwitiya in southern India and is celebrated with sisters applying tilak on the brother’s forehead along with a special mantra that they chant while at it.
While in Haryana, along with the ritual of the tilak, dry coconut is tied with kalawa thread along its width and offered at the time of aarti.