Do you know why do we celebrate Bhai Dooj?
Bhai Dooj is a festival that is popularly celebrated among Indian families in North India and some other parts of the country. With digitalization and secularism, we have started to celebrate most of the festivals all over the country and world.
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The festival of Bhai Dooj falls on the next day of Govardhan or Annakutt Pooja and a day after the celebration of Diwali or Deepawali, which is the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha( bright moon) of Kartik month, according to the Hindu calendar. The entire week is full of various festivals and is a fun time to be with family and friends. While only the natives mostly know the significance behind a particular festival, let’s get back to the legends that are associated with the festival and find out why do we celebrate Bhai Dooj:
• One of the oldest legends goes back to the time when Varni or Yamuna longs to see her brother and she speaks of her brother to River Goddess Ganga. Ganga then requests Yamuna’s brother Yama, the God of death to come and see his sister. Yama and Yamuna are the descendants of the Surya or the Sun God’s family. Yama informs his sister and she prepares for his arrival. She prepares sweets and other delicacies to welcome her brother. The day Yama comes to her she feels extremely delighted, looking at her ecstasy Yama tells her to ask whatever she wants. She asks to see him every year on the same day. Hence, the festival of Bhai Dooj came into existence.
• Another legend talks about the time when Demon King Bali was sent to hell and Lord Vishnu came to stay with him in the hell, disguised as a guard to the palace. Goddess Lakshmi followed her divine consort and started living in the guise of a maid in the palace of King Mahabali to be able to live closer to her better half. Impressed with his kingship Devi Lakshmi asks to be his sister. Like any other brother, he offers to her to ask for anything in return. She then asks to let her husband and her return to their Divine abode Vaikunth. The day is celebrated as Bhai Dooj, which is supposed to be a day to celebrate siblinghood and exchange gifts and show love.
• On this day Lord Krishna had also come to see his sister Shubhadra after killing demon Narakasura. She welcomed him and hoped for his well-being and long life.
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