History And Significance Of Bhai Dooj In Indian Culture

Well, we all very well know, Indian culture is famous around the world. As in India, every corner has its own history and reflects various cultures of colors. Bhai Dooj is a Hindu festival celebrated in India. It is observed during the Diwali festival and is the second day of the Vikrami Samvat. The celebrations of Bhai Dooj are very similar to Raksha Bandhan, on this day sisters pray for a long and prosperous life for their brothers, and brothers give gifts to their sisters.


On this day sisters apply tikka on their brother’s forehead and pray to god for their happy and prosperous life ahead. They also exchange gifts with each other and this day is marked as the most auspicious day in India. 


According to Hindu mythology, Bhai Dooj is celebrated to commemorate Lord Krishna’s sister Subhadra’s loving gesture toward her brother. After Lord Krishna defeated Narakasur, Subhadra invited her brother to celebrate his victory, she applied tilak on his forehead and performed aarti, Lord Krishna was so pleased by his sister’s gestures that he blessed her with plentiful boons. This festival also holds history, it is said, that on the second day after the new moon, the Yamraj visited Yami his sister and she welcomed him by applying tilak on his forehead and performing aarti for him. So in return Yamraj, gave her a unique gift that whoever will visit their sister and receive tilak and aarti on the dwithiya of Sukla Paksha in the month of Kartik, should not fear death.


Bhai Dooj definitely has a greater significance as it represents the lovely bond of a sister and brother. It signifies the affection and warmth in the relationship between a brother and sister.