Last Updated on 4 November 2021, 5:31 PM IST: Bhai Dooj 2021: Bhai Dooj is an Indian Hindu festival dedicated to brothers and sisters. It is known by different names as ‘Bhai Phonta’, ‘Bhai Tika’, ‘Bhau Beej’ and ‘Yamadvitiya’ in different parts of the country. Also, the way of celebrating this festival is different in different cultures. Let’s know in detail.
Bhai Dooj 2021 Date
Bhai Dooj is celebrated on the second lunar day of Shukla paksha of Kartik Month as per the Vikram samvat Hindu calendar, this year the festival of Bhai dooj falls on the 6th of November.
Bhai Dooj Meaning
Bhai dooj is made up of two words – Bhai, which means brother and Dooj means the second day after the new moon when this festival is celebrated. On this day people spend their day with their siblings and pray for their long and happy life.
Bhai Dooj Celebrations
The celebration of Bhai Dooj is similar to the festival of Raksha Bandhan. On this day brothers go to visit their sisters. Sisters apply tika on their brother’s forehead; pray for their welfare and long life, and brothers vow to protect their sisters from any harm ―which is meaningless for only the Supreme God can protect us in all situations. Such ignorant celebrations hurt the sentiments of those sisters, who don’t have brothers, and they cry in solitude and remain in deep grief.
Story of Bhai Dooj (Bhaiya Dooj)
According to Hindu mythology, the festival of Bhai Dooj relates to Yamraj, the god of death, and his sister Yamuna. It is said that they missed each other dearly and sister Yamuna requested her brother to visit her on many occasions. So one day finally when Yamraj went to visit her sister, Yamuna treated him with so much love and respect, applied tilak on his brother’s forehead, and offered him sweets.
Read in Hindi: भाई दूज (Bhai Dooj) पर जानिए कैसे मिलेगी मुक्ति?
Yamraj, being immensely pleased with such respect, gave Yamuna a boon. Yamuna asked him to visit her on that same day each year. So the ritual of brothers visiting their sisters began from there. There is another legend related to Bhai Dooj, according to which Lord Krishna visited his sister Subhadra who was married to Arjuna. Subhadra welcomed him very warmly with sweets, flowers and also applied tilak/teeka on Shri Krishna’s forehead. This too is believed to be the origin of the festival.
Significance of Bhai Dooj
Whatever its origin may be, today Bhai Dooj is celebrated with lots of enthusiasm throughout the country. But if we think deeply, is there any significance of celebrating Bhai Dooj? Let’s go back to the legends from where this festival is believed to have started.
Subhadra applied tika on her brother Shri Krishna’s forehead, who was the Lord of earth, heaven, and the Netherworld. But when Subhadra’s son Abhimanyu was trapped and killed in the war of Mahabharata, Shri Krishna was not able to save him. Even Subhadra’s tilak did not ensure the long and happy life of Shri Krishna. He died with an arrow hitting his foot after all the male members of his family killed each other in front of him.
Such Celebrations Can’t Ensure Longer Life
Then if you talk about Yamraj and Yamuna; when Yamuna’s life will be over, even Yamraj, the god of death, won’t be able to increase her life. When such mighty persons can’t ensure the long and happy life of their siblings, what can fragile people like us do? How can we protect our loved ones by keeping fasts and celebrating festivals when our holy books do not support such arbitrary practices?
How to Protect Our Loved Ones?
The reality is that no one but only the Supreme God can protect us and our family from every harm and even from death. In Holy Rig Veda, Almighty God says that if someone is nearing death and has an incurable illness then I (God) can cure that illness and even bring someone back from the clutches of death (Rigved Mandal 10, Sukt 161, Mantra 2).
That’s why instead of celebrating such festivals and following arbitrary practices, we shall start worshipping the Supreme God Kabir Saheb Ji. When all the family members would start worshipping God according to the scriptures, He will Himself take care of our family. By worshipping the Supreme God we can attain long and happy life in this world and eternal life in Satlok after our death.
How to Worship the Supreme God?
The knowledge about the Supreme God is given by a Tatvdarshi Saint. A Tatvadarshi Saint is the one who possesses complete knowledge of our holy scriptures and gives the correct way of worship. In Bhagwad Geeta chapter 4 verse 34, devotees are told to find a Tatvdarshi Saint and get from him the correct way of worship. Yajurveda Chapter 19, verses 25,26 also gives the identity of a complete Tatvadarshi Saint. Bhagwad Geeta Chapter 17, verse 23 also shows the hint of the mantras that will be given by a complete saint. No other saint on earth can reveal the secret of those mantras.
When one takes the refuge of a complete Tatvadarshi Saint and worships the Supreme God Kabir Saheb, He will be protected by God and will attain health, wealth, and peace.
Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj Has Complete Spiritual Knowledge
Today Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj is the complete Tatvadarshi Saint on this earth. He has complete knowledge of the Holy Scriptures and of the real mantras of worship. So listen to the knowledge given by Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj and take initiation from Him as soon as possible because we get only one human life after suffering so long. This life is given to us to find God and end this cycle of birth and death. So this is our one shot chance to end our suffering and attain supreme peace. We shall not miss it.