New Delhi, Nov 9: On Bhai Dooj, sisters pray for their brother’s health, well-being, and prosperity and the brothers meanwhile offer them gifts. After praying to the Gods and Goddesses, sisters apply vermillion, dahi and rice on their forehead. After this, they do aarti and offer sweet and water to drink. After this, brothers and sisters exchange gifts and take blessings from their elders by touching their feet. The sisters prepare meal for their brothers and apply tika or tilak on their brother’s forehead which signifies their blessings and prayers for their brothers.
The five-day celebrations of Diwali, which starts with Dhanteras, finally ends with Bhaiya Dooj. This is a festival where sisters put 'kesar-tilak' on the forehead of their brothers, wishing them good luck, prosperity, and happiness. It is called by different names in different parts of the country. Bhai Dooj or Bhau-Beej or Bhai Tika or Bhai Phonta is a festival celebrated by Hindus of India and Nepal on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar month of Kartika.
The legend goes that Surya's children Yam and Yamuna were very close to each other and Yam had gifted plentiful gifts when Yamuna put Tilak on her brother's forehead.
This is the shubh muhurat for Bhai Dooj today:
Bhai Dooj tika or tilak muhurat: 1:09 pm to 3:17 pmDwitiya tithi begins: 9:07 pm on 8 NovemberDwitiya tithi ends: 9:20 pm on 9 November