Have you ever heard about Bhai Dooj festival and how to do Bhai Dooj Pooja? Although it is similar to Rakhi festival, all the brother and sisters have another occasion to meet each other and celebrate their bonding with this festival. In India sister perform Bhai Dooj Pooja for the wellness of Brothers. Continue to read to know more about Bhai Dooj festival.
How to do the Bhai dooj Pooja?
One of the most important festivals in India is Bhai Dooj. It is the festival which is celebrated to ensure and respect the bonding between the brother and sister. In many parts of the country, the festival is celebrated in many names, such as Bhau Beej in Maharashtra, Bhai Beej in Nepal, Bhai Fota or Bhatriditiya in West Bengal and Ningol Chakuba in Manipur.
On this special day the sister prays for the good health and longevity of the brother and in turn, the brother gives gifts to the sister. This is a very lovely festival that is celebrated with love and affection along with all the family members.
What is the mythology behind Bhai Dooj?
Lots of legends are attached with Bhai Dooj. One of the famous legends says that one day, Lord Yama or Yamraj (the Hindu god of death) went to see his sister Yami. She welcomed Yamraj by putting talkand by giving garland and aarti. Lots of special sweets and special foods were organized by her. The Yamraj became very happy with her offerings and he declared that day all the brothers who receive this special offering on that day will be blessed with long, graceful and good life. So, the festival also became popular by the name as Yamadvitiya.
There is also another story behind this. The second story says Yami with Yamrajson and daughter of Lord Surya were left behind.After living separately for several years, they again met and the Yamraj became overwhelmed by their bond. That time Yamraj’s sister married a prince and they welcomed Yamraj warmly in their house. So, many people have believed that the festival must be done only by the married sisters.
Another legend says that Lord Krishna killed demon Narkasur on this very day. He went to see his sister Subhadra after this event. On that day Subhadra welcomed Lord Krishna with the tilak on the forehead, aarti, and sweets. Henceforth the festival of Vatridwitiya started on this special day.
What is the Bhai Dooj Pooja method?
The puja process for the Bhai Dooj is very simple. In the ritual, the sister gives a marking, called tilak on the forehead and offers sweet for the brother. Brother gives gifts to the sister in return. In many occasions, the brother is offered the flowers of pumpkin, betel leaves and nuts and coins.
However, ceremonies differ from different places to different regions. In Nepal, seven colors of tilak are used. Sandalwood paste as tilak is used in case of Bengal.
Depending on the region and preferences by people many special sweets are prepared on this occasion on this day. Basundi puri is prepared in Maharashtra for Bhai Dooj. Khaja, a sweet snack is prepared in West Bengal.
Another similar festival like the Bhai Dooj is Raksha Bandhan. It is not so very different from Bhai Dooj in terms of ritual. The sister bonds a tie on the brother’s hand and in turn both the brother and sister exchanges gifts between themselves. It is a lovely festival that encompasses a sweet bond between the brother and sister for all life.
Hope all the sisters and celebrating this Bhai Dooj festival and performing the Bhai Dooj Pooja as mentioned here. I will stop it here wishing you all the very best and happy Bhai Dooj.