Bhai Dooj 2020 Date, Puja, Muhurat, Significance and Rituals
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Bhai Dooj Festival: Its Purpose And Significance
The festival of Bhaiya Dooj falls on the next day of Diwali. The festival signifies what it literally means, it celebrates the love between a brother and a sister. On Bhai Dooj day, a sister prays for her brother's life, success, and prosperity. As for brother, he showers his sister with gifts.

The Regional Variations In The Name Of Bhai Dooj
Here are some other names of Bhai Dooj:
Karnataka: Sodara Bidige
West Bengal: Bhai Phota
Nepal: Bhai-Tika
Maharashtra: Bhav-Bij
North India: Bhaiya Dooj or Bhai Dooj
Gujarat: Bhai Bij

Bhai Dooj Celebration In South India
It's true that a large part of India celebrates the festival during Diwali, some states celebrate Bhai Dooj a day or two after the festival of Holi. This happens mainly in South India. In many parts of South India, it is celebrated as Yama Dwitiya. Why Yama Dwitiya? Here is the story behind Bhai Dooj and why it is also called Yama Dwitiya.

The Legend Behind The Bhaiya Dooj Festival:

The Story From Mahabharat
As per the tradition, there are two versions of the Bhaiya Dooj festival. It is said that Lord Krishna met his sister Subhadra after he killed a demon named Narkasur. During this visit, she carried the puja thali, applied him tikka and then on this is a ritual which has been followed during Bhai dooj. This ritual is known as Bhai Dooj Puja Vidhi.

The Story Surrounding The Sun God, Surya
The other story is that Sun God Surya married a girl named Samjna. They had twin children, Yama and Varni. However, Samjna found Sun’s heat unbearable and hence left for the earth, leaving behind her shadow called Chhaya, so that her absence is not felt. Soon Chhaya had her children and started ill-treating Yama and Varni. Fed up with this, Varni came down to earth to become the river Yamuna, and Yama went to the underworld and became the god of death. After a few years, they began to miss each other, and Yama decided to visit Varni, who was so happy that she prepared a big feast to welcome her brother.

Later, when Yama was about to leave, he asked his sister to make a wish as he wanted to give her something. Varni, claiming that she had everything she needed, said she wished that on this day, which was the second day after Diwali, all brothers should visit their sisters, and sisters should pray for their brother's happiness and long life.

Shubh Muhurat For Puja On Bhai Dooj
Bhai Dooj 2020 Date: 16th November 2020, Monday
Bhai Dooj Aparahna Time: 01:10 PM to 03:18 PM
Dwitiya Tithi Begins: 07:06 AM on Nov 16, 2020
Dwitiya Tithi Ends: 03:56 AM on Nov 17, 2020

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How To Perform Bhai Dooj Puja: Know The Vidhi
The Bhaiya Dooj thali needs to be decorated festively. It should have vermillion, sandal, fruits, flowers, sweets, and betel nuts.
The ceremony takes place during the Bhai Dooj Pooja Time.
A square with rice is chalked out, and on this square, the brother is seated while he waits for the Bhaiya Dooj tikka time/Muhurat, when the sister finally applies the tilak.
Once the tilak is applied, give fruits, betel nut, crystallized sugar, betel leaf, and black grams to your brother before performing an aarti on him.
Once the Tilak and Puja are done, the brother presents his sister with a gift before taking a vow to protect her for life.
Procedures performed during pooja need to be accurate and precise, in case you are unaware about the rituals and procedures for the pooja, you can still conduct traditional Vedic Puja online performed by renowned Pandits.

Happy Bhai Dooj To One And All
The festival of Bhai Dooj represents siblings’ love and shows how special the bond between siblings can be. So pure and true in itself. We wish you all a very Happy Bhai Dooj. May it bring you and your siblings’ long life and prosperity.

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