This festival is celebrated on the second day of Shukla Paksh in the month of Karthik. Bhai Dooj normally falls two days after Diwali.

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On this day, sisters Pray and Wish for the long life, health,wealth and prosperity of their brothers. The sisters pray to eight deities on this day: 

  1. Ashwathama
  2. Bali
  3. Vyas
  4. Hanuman
  5. Vibhishan
  6. Krupacharya
  7. Parashuram
  8. Markandeya

Markandeya mahabhag saptakalpaant jeevanah
Chiranjeev yatha twam hee tatha mein bharataram kuru

(It means, Markandeya, you are immortal. Please give a long life to my brothers also.) This day is also known as Yamdwitya. Yamuna was the sister of Yamraj. Having a holy dip in the Yamuna river on this day is considered to be very auspicious. Deepaks are lit and set afloat in the river Yamuna. This is called Deep Daan.

भाई दूज को मनाने की विधि और कथा हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिये क्लिक करें

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