Legends behind the festival of Bhai Dooj

After the festival of lights and Govardhan Puja, the last day of the Diwali celebrations is 'Bhaiya Dooj' which glorifies the brother-sister love all over in India.  'Bhai' means brother and 'Dooj' means the second day after the new moon. All Hindu festivals have some significant stories associated with them and all these legendary tales holds a special significance on their culture and values. Many stories are also associated with Bhai Dooj making the festival grandeur unique.

Lord of Death and the Custodian of Hell

Bhai Dooj is also called 'Yama Dwiteeya' as it's believed that on this day, Yamaraj, the Lord of Death and the Custodian of Hell, visits his sister Yami, who puts the auspicious mark on his forehead and prays for his well-being. So it's held that anyone who receives a tilak from his sister on this day would never be hurled into hell.

The Lord Krishna Association

According to one legend, on this day, Lord Krishna, after slaying the Narakasura demon, goes to his sister Subhadra who welcomes him with the holy lamp, flowers, and sweets and puts the holy protective spot on her brother's forehead.

Lord Mahavira and Bhai dooj

Yet another story behind the origin of Bhai Dooj says that when Mahavira, the founder of Jainism, attained nirvana, his brother King Nandivardhan was distressed because he missed him and was comforted by his sister Sudarshana.

Bhai Dooj also gives an opportunity for married girls to get together with their own family, and share the post-Diwali celebrations with them. In Bengal, Bhai Dooj is known as 'Bhai Phota', where the sister religiously fast and break the fast only after applying a 'phota or phonta' or mark with sandal wood paste on her brother's forehead and offers him sweets while praying for his long and healthy life. In today's world when life is becoming busier and sometimes distances don't allow being with your sibling, internet has come to rescue for brothers and sisters, who're far away from each other by means of ecards etc. helping them remember their siblings on this auspicious occasion.



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