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Bhai Dooj 2022 at LOC: Women apply tilak on Indian Jawan’s forehead

Bhai Dooj 2022 at LOC: The Indian Army personnel of Durga Battalion on Thursday celebrated Bhai Dooj with women at Line of Control (LoC) in Gulpur sector in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. Women applied ‘tika’ on the forehead of the army jawans and performed other rituals. An Army officer overwhelmed and said, “Our […]

Edited By : Divya Richa | Updated: Oct 27, 2022 11:00 IST
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Bhai Dooj 2022 at LOC: The Indian Army personnel of Durga Battalion on Thursday celebrated Bhai Dooj with women at Line of Control (LoC) in Gulpur sector in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. Women applied ‘tika’ on the forehead of the army jawans and performed other rituals. An Army officer overwhelmed and said, “Our Battalion is posted at Loc and today is the festival of Bhai Dooj. Our sisters are at home and we can’t meet them but here the sisters of Poonch celebrated the festival with us.”

Bhai Dooj celebration with Indian Army

Another Army Officer posted at LoC said that the sister of Poonch has come to celebrate Bhai Dooj with them so that they feeling of missing out from the family especially from sisters on this day lessen.

“We want to celebrate this festival like every year and wish that our country continues to celebrate freedom in this way and we can give a befitting reply to the enemy,” he added.
A woman who came to apply tika and celebrate Bhai Dooj with Indian Army soldiers said that wished for the long and healthy lives of the jawans.

“All the women of Poonch are here to enjoy Bhai Dooj celebration with Indian Army soldiers. We celebrate Bhai Dooj at our home every year but we are here to apply tilak to the jawans who are proud of India. We wish them a long and healthy life,” she added.

Bhai dooj: Bond between siblings

The festival of Bhai Dooj, which historically denotes the bond between the siblings, represents the love between a brother and a sister. On this day, sisters apply “Tika” to their brothers’ foreheads in a gesture of prayer for a long and prosperous life. Occasionally, gifts and treats are exchanged between brothers and sisters.

The celebration is observed over two days this year. Bhai Dooj was observed in various regions of the nation yesterday, and it is still observed in some regions today. Other names for Bhai Dooj include Bhau Beej and Bhathru Dwithiya.

History behind Bhai Dooj

Hindu mythology holds that the goddess Yamuna nursed her brother Yamraj at her residence on Kartik Dwitiya. As a result, this day is now also referred to as Yama Dwitiya.

People commemorate Bhai Dooj, Bhaubeej, Bhai Tika, or Bhai Phonta on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar or of Shalivahan Shaka calendar month of Kartika.

On this day, sisters wish their brothers a long and prosperous life by applying tilak to their foreheads and performing other rituals like puja and fasting. Brothers swear to always protect their sisters in exchange for gifts from their sisters.

Raksha Bandhan and Bhai Dooj are somewhat comparable celebrations; however, unlike Raksha Bandhan, sisters do not tie a thread or Rakhi around their brothers’ wrists on Bhai Dooj.

Bhai Dooj is recognised as a celebration of the relationship and enduring affection between brothers and sisters in a number of ancient Hindu scriptures. The most well-known origin stories are those of Lord Krishna and Yamraj, however there are other traditions as well.

 

First published on: Oct 27, 2022 11:00 AM IST

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