Bhai Dooj 2018: Date, significance, celebrations and auspicious teeka timing

If you are looking for Bhai Dooj's date, significance, celebrations and auspicious teeka timing then you are at right place. Read on to know more.

Bhai Dooj which is also known as Bhai Phota in West Bengal and Bhau Beej in Maharashtra celebrates the pious bond that is shared between brothers and sisters. Bhai Dooj is celebrated every year on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksh of the Karthik month as per Hindu Vikram Samvat calendar. The festival falls on the last day of a five-day long festival of lights-Diwali and the same shares similarities with Raksha Bandhan. This year Bhai Dooj will be celebrated on November 9, 2018, which is Friday. The festival is also celebrated by the Hindus of Nepal and in the country it is known as Bhai Tika.
For the uninitiated, the word Bhai means brother and dooj means second day post new moon. As per Hindu mythology, after killing evil Narakasura Lord Krishna visited Subhadra. She welcomed him with sweets and flowers and even did tilak and Lord Krishna blessed her. As per another legend, Yamraj, who is also known as Lord of Death as well once visited his sister Yamuna ad he was welcomed with him with arti and tilak. As per the legend, it is considered that Yama gave her boon that whoever celebrates Bhai Dooj will never go to hell. That's why the festival is also celebrated as Yama Dwitiya in many parts of the nation.
On this day, sisters pray for long and happy lives for their brothers by performing and arti and by applying tilak. Also, brothers vow to protect their sisters from all evil forces.On the occasion, brothers and sister exchange gifts after the tilak ceremony.
Bhai Dooj Puja and Teeka Timing
Bhai Dooj Tika Muhurat starts on 01:29 pm and ends on 03:43 pm
Dwitya Tithi starts on 09:07 pm (November 8, 2018)
Dwitya Tithi ends on 09:20 pm (November 9, 2018)

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