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What Is Bhai Dooj and How Can We Celebrate It?

A brotherly bond

By Aditya Sharma111Published 3 months ago 5 min read
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On this auspicious day, sisters shower their brothers with love and blessings by applying a traditional ’tilak’ on their foreheads, followed by mouth watering sweets to delight their taste buds. Brothers, in return, pamper their sisters with thoughtful gifts and lovingly offer them tokens of appreciation and protection. The heartfelt exchange of love and presents exemplifies the essence of Bhai Dooj.

Bhai Dooj, also known as Bhaubeej, Bhai Phonta, and Bhratri Dwitiya, is not just a mere celebration; it’s a grand affair where families come together, create lasting memories, and share moments of laughter and joy. It emphasizes the deep-rooted cultural values of India, highlighting the significance of sibling love and loyalty.

In this blog, we’ll dive deeper into the significance and traditions of Bhai Dooj, exploring the heartwarming stories and spirituality that make this festival truly special. So join us as we unravel the magic of Bhai Dooj and embrace the spirit of love and togetherness that lies at

the core of this extraordinary celebration. Let’s begin!

When did the great tradition of Bhai Dooj Begin?

The folklore goes like this: Long ago, there was a wicked demon named Narkasura, whose malevolence knew no bounds, wreaking havoc upon the lands. His celestial boons, granted by Lord Brahma Himself, made him invincible to the gods’ attempts to defeat him. To make matters worse, Narkasura captured 16,000 innocent young girls, planning to force them into marriage against their will. The world was shrouded in darkness as the nefarious demon’s tyranny prevailed.

However, hope was on the horizon, for Lord Krishna, the divine protector, took it upon himself to confront this evil incarnate. In a heroic battle, Krishna emerged victorious, vanquishing Narkasura and liberating the captive girls, bestowing upon them the precious gift of freedom.

In the aftermath of this great triumph, Lord Krishna set forth to meet his dear sister, Subhadra, filled with love and gratitude for her unwavering support. As he arrived at her abode, Subhadra welcomed him with a heartwarming embrace, sweet treats, and fragrant flowers, celebrating the freedom of those 16,000 young girls from the clutches of darkness.

With profound reverence, she adorned Krishna’s forehead with a ceremonial tilak, a mark of victory and protection. It is said that this sacred moment of sibling love and the celebration of triumph over evil became the origin of the cherished festival of “Bhai Dooj.”

The Rituals of Bhai Dooj

Prepare the Puja Thali: The Puja Thali holds significant importance on the auspicious occasion of Bhai Dooj. Decorate the plate with Roli (Vermillion), Rice, Mauli (cotton) thread, Fruits, Chandan (sandalwood paste), flowers, sweets, and betel nut. This beautiful plate will be used to perform the Aarti of your beloved brother.

Create a Rice Flour Seat: According to Hindu traditions, fashion a square seat decorated with the rangoli of rice flour for your brother to sit on during the Tilak ceremony. This seat symbolizes the sacred space where the auspicious ritual takes place.

Dress in New Attire: Both brothers and sisters wear new clothes as a symbol of purity and renewal. Brothers can cover their heads with a traditional hat or a fresh handkerchief.

Light the Lamp: Illuminate a lamp facing the south direction, invoking the divine presence and blessings on this sacred occasion.

Seat the Brother: After praying to the gods, brothers sit on the designated seat marked with a rangoli made from rice flour, ready to receive the Tilak ceremony.

Embrace the Mauli Thread: The Mauli Thread holds deep spiritual significance, known for its protective powers in Hindu customs. Tie this sacred thread on your brother’s wrist, much like a Rakhi, to safeguard him from negativity and draw positive energies.

Sister’s Offering: Sisters lovingly present Jaggery, betel leaf, black grams, betel nut, and fruits to their brothers before performing the Aarti. In some parts of India, even a coconut is offered by the sister to their brothers as well.

Perform Aarti and Tilak Ceremony: Using the Puja Thali and a lit diya, sisters perform Aarti and Puja for their brothers. Sisters apply Tilak on their brother’s foreheads with rice, Vermillion, and sandalwood paste, imparting blessings and protection.

Exchange Blessings and Gifts: After the Aarti and Tilak ceremony, brothers shower their sisters with special Bhai Dooj gifts as tokens of love and gratitude. And both of them seek blessings from the elders of the house to complete the joyous celebration. In the spiritual community, many seekers who learn under one Guru tie sacred Mauli thread on each other as a symbol of love and respect for each other.

Indeed, the beautiful customs and rituals of the Bhai Dooj ceremony may vary from place to place and evolve through different traditions. Each region and community may add its unique touch, but at the core, the essence remains unwavering – the celebration of the sacred bond between brothers and sisters.

The Spiritual Significance of Bhai Dooj

Bhai Dooj is not just a festival; it’s a sacred reminder of the eternal love and bond between brothers and sisters. As we gather to celebrate this joyous occasion, we honor the victory of goodness over evil, just like Goddess Subhadra celebrated Lord Krishna’s triumph over the wicked demon Narkasura. This victory reminds us that goodness will always prevail with the support of loved ones, no matter how dark the times may seem.

The Puja Thali and the beautiful Aarti hold deep spiritual significance. They symbolize our prayers for the well-being and protection of our brothers, just as our sisters lovingly apply the Tilak on our foreheads. The Mauli thread, like a magical amulet, brings positive energies and safeguards our spirits, strengthening the bond of love that we share. It’s like a special shield of divine love that connects us and keeps us protected.

As we exchange heartfelt blessings and share gifts, we not only express our love for each other but also seek blessings from our elders. This act of seeking blessings is like receiving blessings directly from the divine, guiding us on the path of goodness and virtue.

So, dear seekers, as we celebrate Bhai Dooj, let’s cherish our sibling bond, embrace the goodness within us, and spread love, kindness, and joy wherever we go. May the light of Bhai Dooj fill our hearts with warmth and unite us in a beautiful tapestry of love, for it is this divine love that makes our lives truly blessed and meaningful.

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Aditya Sharma111

Hi there! I am Aditya Sharma, a spiritual writer. As a writer, I have the privilege of delving into the realms of spirituality and exploring the profound aspects of the human experience.

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