Bhai Dooj 2023: A Sacred Tapestry of Rituals and Blessings
Bhai Dooj, a cherished Hindu festival, unfolds its joyous celebrations annually on the Dwitiya Tithi of the Shukla Paksha in the Kartik month. This sacred occasion, according to the esteemed Pandit Ashish Sharma, holds profound significance in symbolizing the pure and unbreakable bond between brothers and sisters. In 2023, the auspicious Dwitiya Tithi is set to commence at 02:36 PM on November 14, concluding at 01:47 PM on November 15. However, considering the sunrise timing, adherence to scriptures suggests observing Bhai Dooj on November 15. Pandit Ashish Sharma underlines the importance of traditional rituals during the puja to ensure the well-being of the brother and invoke auspicious outcomes for the sister.
Bhai Dooj Customs and Traditions
At the heart of Bhai Dooj lies the beautiful tradition where sisters lovingly apply tilak on their brothers' foreheads, accompanied by heartfelt wishes for their longevity. This symbolic act reflects the timeless bond of affection and protection shared between siblings. The meticulous observance of traditional rituals during the puja is emphasized to harness the spiritual energy embedded in the celebration.
Govardhan Puja 2023: A Closer Look
In conjunction with Bhai Dooj, Govardhan Puja 2023 also graces the calendar. This auspicious celebration is a time to explore the reasons behind its observance and discover the most propitious timings for its rituals. As part of the festivities, devotees are encouraged to chant the Giriraj Chalisa to seek solace and relief from life's challenges, fostering harmony and spiritual growth.
A Virtuous Gesture: Helping the Impoverished
In instances where a brother is unable to participate in the Bhai Dooj festivities, the scriptures propose a virtuous alternative. Consider extending a helping hand to the impoverished by providing meals for the poor and needy. This benevolent act is believed to please Lord Yamaraj, resulting in blessings for the absent brother and reinforcing the spirit of selflessness.
Sacred Rituals and Orientations
On the auspicious day of Bhai Dooj, a ceremonial bath in the Yamuna River is recommended for siblings, aligning with the traditional customs. During the puja, brothers should face eastward, while sisters should orient themselves toward the west, fostering an atmosphere of positivity and spiritual sanctity. It is advised to avoid performing the puja facing south.
A Mantra for Blessings
Following the application of tilak on the brother's forehead and the presentation of a coconut as a gift during the Bhai Dooj puja, recite the following mantra:
‘Ganga pooje Yamuna ko, Yami pooje Yamaraj ko,
Subhadra pooje Krishna ko, Ganga Yamuna neer bahe,
Mere bhai ki aayu badhe.’
- PTC PUNJABI