Bhai Dooj 2021: Astrological Coincidences On This Day, Know Significance & Muhurat

The celebration of Diwali always remains on a high note and goes on for 5 consecutive days. The last day of this most auspicious festival i.e. the fifth day is dedicated to Bhai Dooj, which depicts the adorable bond between brothers and sisters. In many places, the festival is known by the name of Yama Dwitiya, and this year, it is going to be celebrated on the 6th November, Saturday. On this very day, sisters apply Tilak on the forehead of their brothers and wish for their long, prosperous, and happy life. They also serve special food to them.     

As per the beliefs regarding Yama Dwitiya or Bhai Dooj, Yamraj went to his sister Yamuna’s place to meet her, and on the same day, she applied Tilak on the forehead of her brother and served self-prepared to him. Let’s move forward and know the Shubh Muhurat for the Tilak ceremony, significance of this day, appropriate rituals, associated legends, etc.   

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Bhai Dooj Muhurat For New Delhi, India

Bhai Dooj Tilak Time: 13:10:12 to 15:21:29

Duration: 2 Hour 11 Minute

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Astrological Coincidences on Bhai Dooj, Know the Significance

Dwitiya Tithi of Shukla Paksha in Kartik month is also called Yama Dwitiya and on this day, the festival of Bhai Dooj is also celebrated. This year, Shobhan Yoga is going to be formed on Bhai Dooj. For your knowledge, worshipping Lord Chitragupta is considered to be extremely fruitful on this very day.    

Significance of Shobhan Yoga: In the realms of astrology, this Yoga is considered to be auspicious and holds great significance. Travelling and carrying out any auspicious work showers immeasurable advancement in life. It is believed that travelling in this Yoga remains pleasant and gives desired results. You will not confront any trouble or hurdle while travelling on this day. 

This year, there is a formation of divine conjunction on this very day. It is Saturday and Anuradha Nakshatra will remain till night. Saturday is dedicated to Lord Saturn and the ruling lord of Anuradha Nakshatra is the Lord himself, and Yamuna and Yamraj are his (Saturn) sister and brother. If Saturn is placed in an unfavourable position in one’s horoscope, or a person is under the influence of Sade Sati or Dhaiya or any negativity of Saturn or Mahadasha, they can get rid of all such problems by adopting remedies on this very day.   

On this day, the Moon is placed with Ketu in its debilitated sign, Scorpio, and is forming Chandra Grahan Yoga. That is why worshipping Lord Shiva on this very day can prove to be extremely beneficial in the eradication of ill-effects of the Moon and getting positive results.  

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Bhai Dooj: Pujan Vidhi 

Bhai Dooj Samagri: Worship plate (Puja Ki Thali), fruits, flowers, lamps/Diyas, Akshat, sweets, betel nut, Paan, Batashe, flour lamp, desi ghee, coconut, etc. 

  • In the beginning, make the preparation for the Tilak for your brothers. 
  • Put Roli, Akshat, coconut shell, sweets, etc. on a plate.   
  • After this, worship Lord Ganesha first of all. 
  • Create a square in the northeast direction of a house, put a plank on it, make your brother sit on it, apply Tilak on his forehead, and after offering flowers, Paan, and betel nut, perform Aarti. Exactly after the Aarti, offer him sweets. 
  • Self-prepared food is served to the brothers as it is considered to be extremely auspicious.  

Significance of Bhai Dooj

The festival of Bhai Dooj is similar to Rakshabhan as both are celebrated for longevity and healthy life of the brothers. This festival is also a symbol of love and affection between brothers and sisters. It is said that whosoever sister applies Tilak on the forehead of her brother with due rituals, the brother gets rid of the fear of untimely death and is blessed with a long life.       

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Rules to be Followed on Bhai Dooj

  • On this very day, brothers visit their sisters’ house, and this prevails specially with those sisters who are married. Unmarried girls can carry out all the rituals at home. As per the legend associated with this, Yama Devta, the lord of justice and death, it is said that Yama visited his sister’s house and all the rituals were performed, and since then, the tradition is being followed.
  • On this day, sisters invite their brothers, prepare delicious dishes, and after applying Tilak, they enjoy food. 
  • The brothers should bow before their sisters and seek their blessings and give them gifts.
  • Over and above, it is also considered auspicious to have a dip in Yamuna river on this day. It is believed that untimely death can be averted.
  • Since this festival is the symbol of love and affection between brothers and sisters, sisters should neither pick up any quarrel with their brothers nor frown at them. Also, they should refrain from using harsh words.    
  • Do Tilak after the noontime and then, serve food. 

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Signwise Gifts for Your Sisters On Bhai Dooj

Often, we get confused when it comes to opting for a gift for the sisters, and giving gifts to sisters makes this festival highly joyous. Although anything can be gifted to the sisters, giving signwise gifts to them serves a special purpose and strengthens the bond between brothers and sisters. So, let’s apprise you of the gifts that can be given to your sister as per your zodiac sign.   

  • Aries: Brothers and sisters of this zodiac sign must worship Hanuman Ji. Red colour clothes or wristwatch can be gifted. 
  • Taurus: Brothers and sisters bearing Taurus should worship Lord Shiva. Shiny white clothes or silver articles can be gifted. If you can afford, you can gift a jewel or a diamond also. 
  • Gemini: Maa Saraswati should be worshipped by both brothers and sisters. Clothes of green colour or sky blue colour can be gifted or a painting depicting greenery.
  • Cancer: Brothers and sisters must visit Lord Shiva’s temple and worship Lord Shankar, Maa Parvati, and Lord Ganesha. They can offer any article which may please them.
  • Leo: Maa Mahalakshmi should be worshipped by both brothers and sisters. Orange colour clothes and any jewellery can be gifted.
  • Virgo: Mother cow should be worshipped by brothers and sisters on this very day. Green colour plants can be gifted.
  • Libra: Lord Vishnu should be worshipped by brothers and sisters. Electronic gadgets like phones, laptops, etc., and shiny clothes can be given as gifts.   
  • Scorpio: Brothers and sisters of this sign should serve food to the needy or give donations. Gift Maroon or yellow colour clothes.  
  • Sagittarius: Lord Saturn should be worshipped by brothers and sisters or lamps/Diyas filled with mustard oil can be lit under the Peepal tree. Any item made up of gold can be gifted.  
  • Capricorn: Lord Shiva can be worshipped by brothers and sisters of this zodiac sign. Gift warm or woolen clothes.
  • Aquarius: Brothers and sisters should worship Mahalakshmi and Lord Vishnu. White gold ornaments can be given in gifts.    
  • Pisces: Lord Sun should be worshipped by brothers and sisters of this zodiac sign. Offer yellow colour sweets and anything made of metal. 


In Hinduism, every fast or festival has some legend associated with them. In this regard, the legend of Bhai Dooj goes that Yamraj visited his married sister’s house on this very day. Yamuna had great love and affection for her brother and always called him to her place. So, one day he visited her. Now, Yamuna got highly pleased on seeing her brother, welcomed him whole-heartedly, served him with the food of his choice, applied Tilak on his forehead, and wished for his long and prosperous life.      

Yamraj felt highly pleased with all the arrangements and on returning, he asked her to wish for a boon. Then, she asked her brother to visit her every year. She added that whosoever sister would visit her brother, apply Tilak and serve Bhojan (food), carry out all other things with due rituals should remain away from his fear i.e. the fear of Yamraj. 

At this, Yamraj got extremely happy and blessed her sister with a boon, and left her house. It is believed that the tradition of Bhai Dooj started since then and also, taking a dip in Yamuna on this very day is considered to be pious and auspicious. In this context, whosoever brother or sister celebrates this festival with established rituals, remains free from the fear of untimely death, and is blessed with grace. 

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Legend Related to Shri Krishna and Subhadra

As per another Puranic legend, Lord Krishna returned to Dwarka on the day of Bhai Dooj after killing Narakasura. In this context, his sister Subhadra greeted him with fruits, flowers, sweets, and lit Diyas/lamps. Besides this, Subhadra applied Tilak on the forehead of Shri Krishna and prayed for his long life.      

Bhai Dooj with Different Names 

This pious festival of Bhai Dooj is celebrated in different parts of the country with different names. As in West Bengal, this festival is known as Bhai Phota whereas in Maharashtra, it is called Bhau Beej and in UP & Bihar, it is termed as Bhai Dooj. In Bihar, the sisters scold their brothers on this day and then, apologize. In Nepal, this festival is celebrated as Bhai Tihar. 

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