Bhai Dooj / Yam Dwitiya
When is Bhai Dooj in 2016In the year 2016 Bhai Dooj or Yam Dwitiya is on Tuesday, 01.11.2016 Kartik Shukla Dwitiya , Samwat 2073.
This festival is celebrated on Kartik Shukla Dwitiya. On this day sisters pray for the good fortune and good health for their borther. A sister puts Tilak on the forehead of her borther, performs Aarti or her brother and offers him sweets.
On this day Yam is also worshipped. So this day is also known as Yam Dwitiya.
Celebration of Bhai Dooj :-
On this day brother goes to his sister's house. The sister welcomes him and puts a Tilak on his forehead and performs his Aarti. Then she prays to God for a long, prosperous and successful life of his brother. The brother, in return, gives her garments and some cash as a gift. The sister prepares the dishes of the choice of her brother. Thus they enjoy the day with the other members of the sister's family.
Legend of Bhai Dooj :-
Chhaya was the name of god Surya Narayan's wife. Chhaya gave birth to two children. Their names were Yamraj and Yamuna. Yamuna had great affection for his brother Yamraj. On the Kaartik Shukla dwitiya Yam, who is known as the Lord of death, went to his sister Yamuna's house. Yamuna very affectionately welcomed her brother. She put a Tilak on his forehead and performed his Aarti. Yam, in return ,gave Yamuna gifts of different kinds and granted her a boon also that anyone who goes to her sister's house on Kaartik Shukla Dwitya will be free from the fear of untimely death. So Bhai Dooj is also known as Yam Dwitiya and brothers visit their sister's houses.
Here under is one more legend related to this festival :-
Lord Krishna killed the demon whose name was Narkaasur. After killing the demon Lord Krishna went to meet his sister Subhadra. Subhadra welcomed Lord Krishna very affectionately. She put a Tilak on his forehead and performed his Aarti. Since than this day has been known as Bhai Dooj and the symbol of affection between brothers and sisters.
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