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Bhai Dooj 2019: Date, Time, Significance of the Festival

This year Bhai Dooj will be celebrated on October 29 and the auspicious time or Muhurat for Bhai Dooj tilak is 1:31 pm to 3:49 pm.

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Updated:October 28, 2019, 6:09 PM IST
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Bhai Dooj 2019: Date, Time, Significance of the Festival
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Diwali, the festival of lights, culminates with Bhai Dooj or Bhaiya Dooj, which commemorates the bond between brothers and sisters. Bhai Dooj is celebrated across India with great fervour and enthusiasm. The festival is celebrated two days after Diwali. On Bhai Dooj, sisters apply tilak or tika (vermilion) on the foreheads of their brothers and pray for their prosperity.

Sisters also keep fast and prepare delicious food items for their brother and eat after feeding their brothers. The brothers in return give gifts to their sisters and promise to protect them.

Bhai Dooj Significance

A lot of folklore is associated with Bhai Dooj.

According to one such story, on this day Lord Krishna visited his sister Subhadra after killing the demon Narakasura. Subhadra welcomed Lord Krishna by applying tilak on his forehead and performing aarti. She also offered him sweets and flowers. Overwhelmed by his sister's loving gesture, Lord Krishna blessed Subhadra with many boons.

Another myth that revolves around Bhai Dooj is that on this day the God of Death - Yamraj visited his sister Yami, also known as Yamuna. Yami welcomed Yamraj by performing aarti and applying tilak on his forehead. She also offered him sweets. In return, Yamraj presented Yami with a gift that signified his love and affection towards her.

Bhai Dooj has different names in different parts of India. In West Bengal, it is called Bhai Phota, in Maharashtra the festival is called Bhau Beej while in southern parts of the country Bhai Dooj is called Yama Dwitiya.

In West Bengal sisters apply tilak on the forehead of their brothers on Bhai Phota and chant a special mantra. In Haryana, along with the ritual of tilak, dry coconut which is tied with sacred

thread around is offered to brothers at the time of aarti.

Bhai Dooj 2019 date and time

This year Bhai Dooj will be celebrated on October 29. According to Drikpanchang.com, the auspicious time or Muhurat for Bhai Dooj tilak is 1:31 pm to 3:49 pm (a duration 2 hours 18 minutes).

Dwitiya Tithi start time is 6:13 am, October 29, 2019 and end time is 3:48 am on October 30.

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