Indian Festivals

Bhai Dooj Puja Items and Vidhi

Bhai Dooj Puja Items and Vidhi

The festival of Bhai Duj is eagerly awaited by every Hindu household, as this is a special occasion to enjoy the long lasting bond a brother has for his sister and vice versa. It's an opportunity for a good feast at the sister's place, coupled with an enthusiastic exchange of gifts and merriment amid friends and relatives. The most important aspect of this festival is the puja that is performed. The essential items of this puja are:

Puja Chowk ( Platform)
Diya ( Lamp)
Roli.
A little rice.
Coconut.
Batashas.
Mithai.
Fruits.
Seven paans.

Ceremony

On the day of the festival, sisters invite their brothers for a sumptuous meal often including their favorite dishes. The whole ceremony signifies the duty of a brother to protect his sister, as well as a sister's blessings for her brother.

Carrying forward the ceremony in traditional style, sisters perform aarti for their brother and apply a red tika on the brother's forehead. This tika ceremony on the occasion of Bhai Bij signifies the sister's sincerest prayers for the long and happy life of her brother and treats him with gifts. In return brothers bless their sisters and treat them also with gifts or cash.

As it is customary in Haryana, Maharashtra to celebrate the auspicious occasion of Bhau-beej, women who do not have a brother worship the moon god instead. They apply mehendi on girls as their tradition.

The sister, whose brother lives far away from her and cannot come to her house, sends her sincerest prayers for the long and happy life of her brother through the moon god. She performs aarti for the moon. This is the reason why children of Hindu parents affectionately call the moon Chandamama