New Delhi| Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Bhai Dooj or Bhai Tika is a prominent festival celebrated by people across India. On this day women, pray to God for long and prosperous lives for their brothers. The celebrations of this day are similar to the festival of Raksha Bandhan. On this day, brothers give gifts to their sisters.

On this day, women across India invite their brothers and teeka' or 'tilak' on their foreheads and pray to god for long and prosperous lives for their brothers. This ‘teeka’ or ‘tilak’ signifies the sister’s sincerest prayers for the long and happy life of her brother and treats them with gifts.

Bhai Dooj Date:

This year, the sacred festival of Bhai Dooj will be celebrated on November 16, 2020.

Bhai Dooj also marks the second day of the Vikrami Samvat New Year.

Bhai Dooj Shubh Muhurat:

The Bhai Dooj rituals must be performed between 1:10 PM to 3:18 PM as it is the given shubha muhurat for the day.

Bhai Dooj 2020 Tithi:

The tithi for this auspicious day starts at 7:06 AM on November 16 and ends at 3:56 AM on November 17.

According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Krishna killed Narakasura and after killing him he visited his sister Subhadra who gave him a warm welcome with sweets and flowers. She also applied tika on his forehead. Thus, after that the origin of Bhai Dooj commemorated.

Bhai Dooj Puja Vidhi:

On this day, rise early, take bath, and wear fresh or new clothes after this make arrangements for the puja. The rituals must be performed at the shubh muhurat. The puja should begin with invoking Lord Ganesha and by taking his blessing After praying to the deities, make your brother sit on the other chowki facing north-west. Now, make your brother cover his head with a handkerchief. Now apply tika on your brother's forehead and give the coconut to them. Then perform the aarti, put the akshat on his head, and conclude the rituals by making him have a sweet.

Posted By: Deeksha Sharma