Bhathru Dwithiya is another popular name for Bhai Dooj, an
enchanting Hindu festival that cherishes the sanctity of brother -
sister relationship. Bhathru Dwithiya falls on the fifth and last day of
Diwali celebrations. This corresponds with the ‘Dwitheya Day’
meaning, second day after new moon. Sisters pray for their brothers long
life as they perform arti on them and apply teeka on their forehead.
Memories of good times spent in childhood are shared by brothers and
sisters in the spirit of the festival. An exchange of gifts heightens
the enthusiasm of the day.
Bhathru Dwithiya Ceremony
A number of ceremonies and rituals are observed on the occasion of
Bhathru Dwithiya. It is customary for brothers to visit their sisters on
the day of Bhathru Dwithiya and share a meal with them. The custom is
called ‘Bhagini Hastha Bhojanam
’ in Sanskrit. Meaning
sharing a meal with the sister. The tradition has its roots in the
ancient legend which says that once Yamaraj, the Hindu mythological God
of Death visited his twin-sister Yami or Yamuna after long period of
separation on the ‘Dwithiya Day’. Yami received her brother
with warmth and affection and offered her brother a delicious meal.
Dharamraj was extremely pleased with Yami’s hospitality. He
announced that anybody who receives a meal on the auspicious Dooj day in
will never be pushed to hell.
Following the custom set by Yami, sisters apply tilak on their brother’s
forehead, perform arti on them and offer them a sweet. Sisters pray for
their brother’s long and happy life as they perform the rituals.
Lord Yama Raja and his mythical record keeper Chithraguptha are also
worshiped on the Bhathru Dwitheya day.
Bhathru Dwithiya Celebration
Bhathru Dwithiya is celebrated with lot of enthusiasm by brothers and
sisters all over the country. Bhathru Dwithiya offers an opportunity for
brothers and sisters to strengthen their bond of love and they take full
advantage of the opportunity. Sweet memories of childhood togetherness
are shared in an amiable atmosphere. Exchange of gifts on Bhathru
Dwithiya further helps to nurture the sweet bond between siblings and
the entire family participate in the happy occasion.