What is Bhai Dooj 2022's right date: Is it the 26th or 27th of October? Know the Shubh Muhurat, time, rituals, story

Bhai Dooj 2022 is around the corner. Find out which date the occasion falls in 2022, the Shubh Muhurat and why the day is celebrated across India among siblings.

Bhai Dooj 2022

After Diwali, siblings look forward to the festival of Bhai Dooj, wherein sisters pray for the prosperity and long life of their brothers. The second day after Diwali is celebrated as Bhai Dooj and hence the name – ‘Bhai’ meaning brother and ‘Dooj’ meaning the second day. However, there is some ambiguity regarding the Bhai Dooj date this year. Some believe it is on the 26th, while others believe it is on the 27th of October. When is the right date? Let us check.

Bhai Dooj 2022

Traditionally, Bhai Dooj falls on the second lunar day of the Shukla Paksha in Kartik month.

According to the date specified in the Drik Panchang, Bhai Dooj will fall this year on 26th October 2022. The Shubh Muhurat for the festival starts at 1:12 p.m. and ends at 3:27 p.m. It will, thus, last for 2 hours and 14 minutes.

The Drik Panchang has also specified the start and end timings of the Dwitiya Tithi. According to the Panchang, the Tithi starts at 2:42 p.m. on the 26th of October 2022 and ends at 12:45 p.m. on the 27th of October 2022.

How is Bhai Dooj celebrated?

Bhai Dooj is all about celebrating your brothers. On this day, sisters put a Tilak on their brothers’ foreheads and wish for long lives and prosperity in the coming year.

In some parts of India, sisters also observe a fast for their brothers, listen to a Katha and perform a puja.

On the other hand, brothers treat their sisters with gifts or money and promise to care for and protect them.

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The story behind Bhai Dooj

The traditional story behind Bhai Dooj goes as follows –

One day, Yamraj, the Lord of death, paid a visit to Yami, his sister. Yami put a tilak on Yamraj’s forehead and treated him to a grand feast. Yamraj was very happy and impressed with his sister’s love and asked her for a boon. For her boon, Yami asked Yamraj to visit her every year. She also asked that every sister, who performed the rituals for her brother and put a tilak on his forehead, should not be afraid of the Lord of death, Yamraj.

Yamraj granted Yami’s wish, and since then, sisters have celebrated Bhai Dooj, praying for their brothers’ long lives. In fact, the day is also called Yama Dwitiya in southern India.

Another story goes that Lord Krishna visited his sister Subhadra after killing the demon, Narakasura. Upon his visit, Subhadra welcomed Krishna with a tika on his forehead. This tradition is continued even today when sisters put tilak on their brother’s foreheads.

The bottom line

This year, celebrate your brother-sister bond on 26th October 2022. Bhai Dooj is an auspicious day with a long-standing tradition. Pamper your siblings and know the importance of the day.

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