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eSpiritual: The science behind Bhai Dooj

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Dr KK Aggarwal    21 October 2017

Bhai Dooj is celebrated two days after Diwali. Like Raksha Bandhan it s a day dedicated to the sacred love between a brother and sister. Both Raksha Bandhan and Bhai Dooj festival falls in Chaturmas one at the start and the other at the end of this four months of negative state of mind. Jagannath Yatra another festival of love between brother and sister where Krishna is worshipped with his sister Subhadra is also held in Chaturmas. All three festivals also signifies purification of mind getting it lust free and reminding the people a sacred relationship between men and women. The festival is known as Bhav Bij in Marathi and Bhai Tika in Nepal. On Bhai Dooj sisters pray for the wellbeing and prosperity of their brothers by putting tika tilak vermilion spot on their forehead and offer sweets healthy and perform a ritual of taking their Arti . The brother offers gifts as an expression of love. Some sister may fast on this day gifts often involve rice new grass aab a length of flax knotted into a circular shape and dotted with sugar batashas etc. Rice in mythology symbolizes with fulfilled desires and again this ritual on this day signifies a non lust based sacred relationship between a man and a woman. Disclaimer The views expressed in this write up are my own .

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