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Bhaiya Dooj

 Bhaiya Dooj

The relationship of a brother and a sister just happens, we do not choose them, rather they are gifted to us by the Almighty himself. To the outside world, we grow old, but age does not matter between brothers and sisters. Thus, we may grow apart, but are always joint at the root. As per our Hindu Vedic scriptures, it is one of the most sanctified relationship. In course of time we may grow apart, but the common roots shall always make us coming back together.


Bhai Dooj is a celebration of this beautiful relationship, a remembrance of its love and commitment. It is also known by the names of bhai tika, bhai phonta, bhai beej, bhau beej, bhav bij, yamadwitheya, yamadwitiya and Bhatru Dwiteeya. It is celebrated by all Hindus in India and Nepal.


Story behind Bhai Dooj


The story behind Bhai Dooj revolves around Lord Krishna, who visited his sister Subhadra, after killing the evil demon, Narakasur. Subhadra welcomed him with all fervour and joy. This day is believed to be the day this festival was originated as Subhadra applied ‘tilak’ to Lord Krishna in his welcome.


It is believed that a legendary meeting between the King of Death, Yama and his sister, river Yamuna occurred on Dwiteeya. Thus, the name Yamadwiteeya.


Why is it Celebrated


Bhai Dooj is celebrated on the second day of the new Vikrami Samvat New year and the last day of the five-day long diwali celebrations. It is believed that a brother who receives tilak on this auspicious day does not go to hell after death.




This is the second day of the bright fortnight or Shukla Paksha of the Hindu lunar month of Kartika. The shubh tithi begins at 1:39 am on 1stNovember, 2016 and it shall end at 4:11 am on 2nd November, 2016. The puja muhurat shall begin at 1:09 pm to 3:20 pm.




Sisters pray for their brothers on this auspicious day to have long and happy lives by performing Tika ceremony and brothers offer gifts to their sisters.


Products to perform the puja


This is a very auspicious day for all Brothers and Sisters. The rituals are designed in a manner such that it becomes a true reminder of their deep enrouted love and commitment for one another:


  • All Brothers try to visit their sisters on this day.
  • Sisters apply vermillion mark or tilak on the foreheads of their brother.This ‘tilak’ may be formed of seven colors of the tilak.
  • Sisters pray for the longevity of their brother.
  • Sisters prepare food as per the preferences of the brother and serve them with love.
  • The brothers also give gifts to their sisters as per their respective standards.
  • The whole ceremony signifies the duty of a brother to protect his sister, as well as a sister's blessings for her brother.