The five day festival of Diwali culminates on the day of Bhai Dooj or Yama Dwitiya. This festival is celebrated two days after the festival of lights, Diwali. This day is also known as Yama Dwitiya because there is a law to worship Yamraj (the god of death and his sister) on this day.
Just like Diwali, this festival is also dedicated to the bond of brothers and sisters. On this day, brothers visit their sister's home and sisters ward off evil eyes from their brothers by doing tilak and aarti.
This year the festival of Bhai Dooj is falling on 6th November. Let us know more about the date, muhurat and mythological significance.
Bhai Dooj Date And Time
According to the Hidi calendar, the festival of Bhai Dooj or Yama Dwitiya is celebrated on the second day of Shukla Paksha of Kartik month. This year, Dwitiya tithi will start from 11:14 pm on 5th November and will continue till 07:44 pm on 6th November.
On the basis of these timings, the second day which is 6th November 2021, Saturday will be celebrated as Bhai Dooj. According to astrologers, the auspicious time for applying tilak to brothers is from 01:10 pm to 03:21 pm on this day.
Legend Of Bhai Dooj
According to the legend, Dharmaraja Yama and Yamuna were the children of Lord Surya and his wife Sandhya. However, Sandhya Devi left her children and went to her parents house as she was unable to bear the effulgence of Lord Surya.
In her place, she left her replica Chhaya for Lord Surya. Yama and Yamuna were deprived of a mothers love as Chhaya was not their actual mother. However, the siblings had immense love in between them and nobody could break their eternal bond.
After Yamuna's marriage, she called her brother and Dharmaraja Yama reached her house on the day of Yama Dwitiya. To honour and welcome her brother, Yamuna ji worshipped him by putting tilak on his forehead. Since this day, the festival of Bhai Dooj is celebrated on this day.
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