In India, the legends are considered as the backbone of the festival. They are also a great medium for parents to inculcate interest in the younger generation and to impart values of Indian festivals to them. There are many unique and interesting legends associated with Bhai Dooj festival.
Bhai Dooj Ancient Tale
Yama and Yamuna, the two children of Surya loved each other dearly. But Yama remained so busy in maintaining discipline and order in Yamaloka that he could never visit his sister at her house. Once, Yamuna came to meet him. Yamaraj was so delighted to see her that he granted her a wish. The day was ‘Kartik Shukla Dwitiya’ and the Yamuna requested Yamaraj to excuse all the people who bathe in the Yamuna on this day. Yamaraj granted the wish and since then, bathing in the Yamuna became significant on this day. The Yamuna also cooked a variety of delicious food for Yamaraj and a grand festival took place in Yamaloka. Hence, this day is celebrated as the ‘Yamadwitiya’.
Regional Names of Bhai Dooj
There are various regional names of Bhai dooj, the beautiful Indian festival that cherishes and strengthen the sanctity of pious bond shared between a brother and her sister. These regional names of Bhaiyya Dooj reflect the differences in the cultural milieu in the various geographical locations where the festival is celebrated. At some places, even the customs vary and methods of celebrations differ yet what is remarkably same in Bhai dooj celebrations all over the country is the spirit of the festival. Brothers and sister all over the country eagerly await for the festival as it provides an opportunity to meet the siblings and share the sweetness of their relationship.
Meaning and Significance
The majority of Hindu festivals and rituals put stress on the significance of family bonding and relationships. Although every relationship possesses its own value, the brother-sister relationship is quite unique and unmatched. Hindu culture has manifested the greatness and glory of this relationship in many forms, out of which Bhai Dooj festival is an eminent form. This auspicious occasion also reveals the importance of siblings in someone’s life.