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?Bhaiyya Duj??Significance & relevance

Going by the concept of 'Udayatith' (the date of Hindu calendar at the time of Sun rise) and its importance associated with the celebration of the Hindu festivals, most of the Hindu community will celebrate 'Bhaiyya Duj' on October 24.
None | By Padmini Singh, Allahabad
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2006 12:09 AM IST

Going by the concept of 'Udayatith' (the date of Hindu calendar at the time of Sun rise) and its importance associated with the celebration of the Hindu festivals, most of the Hindu community will celebrate 'Bhaiyya Duj' on October 24.

Although the auspicious duration for the celebrations of this festival started after 12.46 pm with the advent of Dwatiya of Kartik Shukla Paksh on Monday, but being the day-centric festival, it will be observed on Tuesday.

According to Hindu mythology, the festivals are either day-centric or night-centric such as Diwali is a night-centric festival.

According to astrologer Brajendra Mishra, it is favourable to take a bath in Yamuna river in the morning hours on the occasion of Bhaiyya Duj. "It is believed that during the month of Kartik, the Sun is debilitated and it is at its fall.

This lessens the power and vitality of the people. So on this day of Bhaiyya Duj we pray Yam and Yami (Yamuna) in order to please Sun who is considered to be their father.

This grants longevity to people. It should be remembered that the whole Kartik month is dedicated to Yamuna," he said.

According to the Hindu mythology, there is a story associated with the celebration of Bhaiyya Duj.

Yam visited his sister Yamuna and had a meal at her place and so this day is also known as Yam Dwitiya.

Therefore on this day, the brother should pay a visit to his sister's place accompanied by his wife.

A meal taken at her place is favourable for both of them and appeases Yam. The brother should also give some gift to his sister.

This day is important since Shani (Saturn) being the half-brother of Yam is also appeased on this day.

"The entire festival of five days named Dhanteras, Roop Chaturdashi, Diwali, Goverdhan Puja and Yam Dwitiya are also related to the health of the people. If we eat amla and suran for five days then it enhances our immune system.

Consumption of mixed vegetables which are cooked on the day of Goverdhan puja also helps us fight many diseases as it has medicinal value," added Mishra.  

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