Bhai Dooj 2016: The festival of Bhai Dooj is the symbol of brother-sister love. The Hindu mythology asserts it as the biggest celebration after Diwali. And this year we are going to celebrate this festival on Tuesday i.e. November 1.
Puja or worship plays a vital role in the celebration of a festival and as every festival is different to the other one, the style of worship is different from festival to festival and Bhai Dooj also has a unique style of puja.
The festival starts with the sister’s fast. For brother’s long life and prosperity, sister keeps fast. She gets ready according to the Muhurat or suitable time – one can do so in the morning and not necessarily near the muhurat time. During the puja, she puts a ‘Tilak’ or vermillion mark on brother’s forehead and performs ‘aarti’ by showing him the holy flame and prays for his well-being.
Also, during the puja, it’s necessary for the brother to cover head with some clean or possibly new cloth and also he should not leave the puja thali without gift or cash. After performing the puja sister opens her fast with the sweet piece given by brother.
Myths also say that on this day, men should not eat the meal cooked by their wife. They should visit their sister, gift her new clothes, ornaments, etc. and have a meal at her place.
However, Raksha Bandhan and Bhai Dooj both festivals mark brother-sister love but they are quite different from each other. For Raksha Bandhan it is believed that sister takes promise from brother to protect her while in case of Bhai Dooj sisters pray for the long life and prosperity of her brother.
Bhai Dooj Tika Muhurat: 13:29 to 15:45
Duration = 2 Hours 15 Mins
In Delhi and Gurgaon: 1:09 pm to 3:20 pm
In Mumbai: 1:29 pm to 3:45 pm
In Allahabad: 12:52 pm to 3:04 pm
In Kolkata: 12:26 pm to 02:41 pm
In Patna: 12:39 pm to 2:51 pm
Dwitiya Tithi Begins: 01:39 on 1/Nov/2016
Dwitiya Tithi Ends: 04:11 on 2/Nov/2016