Happy Bhai Dooj 2020
Bhai Dooj is a part of the five-day festivities celebrated post-Diwali. This year, the celebrations will happen on November 16, and according to the Drik Panchang, the dwitiya tithi begins at 07.06 am on the day, and ends at 03.56 am on Nov 17, 2020.
As per Hindu mythology, Yamraj, the God of Death, was being called by his sister the Yamuna. He, however, was not able to visit her. After frantic efforts, he met her and was welcomed with delectable dishes. The Yamuna even applied some tilak on his forehead. Witnessing the love and respect, he asked his sister if she wanted a boon.
She asked for one day every year to be dedicated to the Yamraj, for him to come to visit her. It is said that this day forth, every year, Bhai Dooj is celebrated and brothers visit their sisters’ houses to offer or seek their blessings.
How to Celebrate:
Rise early, take a bath, wear fresh or new clothes. Make all the arrangements for the puja. Please note: the rituals must be performed during the shubh muhurat mentioned above.
Check the Katha here. Cover one of the chowkis with a red cloth and place the idols of Shri Ganesha, Lord Vishnu, and his consort, Lakshmi.
Light an oil lamp facing south and an incense stick. Begin the puja by invoking Lord Ganesha and seek his blessings.
Then offer flowers, dakshina, and a sweet or fruit (banana or any other fruit) to him. Then offer prayers to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi and seek their blessings.
Offer flowers, paan, supari, coconut, dakshina, and naivedya, or bhog. After praying to the deities, make your brother sit on the other chowki facing north-west.
Give him the kerchief to cover his head. Then apply a tika on your brother’s forehead with the roli and Chandan Give the whole coconut (without its shell) to your brother and ask him to hold in his right hand as you tie the kalava around his wrist.
Then perform the aarti, put the akshat on his head, and conclude the rituals by making him have a sweet.
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