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Bhai Dooj or Bhaiya Dooj is a Hindu festival that is celebrated by all women by praying for the long life of their brothers and in return receive gifts. The festival is celebrated on the very last day of the 5 days long Diwali festival which is the second day of the bright fortnight or Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month of Kartik.

Legend has it that as per the Hindu mythology, after defeating the evil demon Narakasura, Lord Krishna paid a visit to his sister Subhadra who gave him a warm welcome with sweets and flowers. She applied tilaka on Krishna's forehead with affection. It is believed by some that this is the origin of the festival. However, Legend has it that on this particular day, Yama, the God of Death visited his sister, Yami. She put tilak on her brother Yama's forehead, garlanded him and fed him special dishes that she cooked herself. Since they were meeting each other after a long time, they dined together and talked to each other to their heart's content. They also exchanged gifts to each other and Yami had made the gift with her own hands. Yama then announced that whoever receives tilak from his sister on this particular day will enjoy long life and prosperity. Based on this, Bhai Dooj is also known as Yama Dwitiya.

Bhai Dooj is celebrated by the invitations of the brothers by the sisters for specially made scrumptious meals that include their most relished dishes. The ceremony is about the brother's responsibility to protect his sister along with the blessings of the sister. It is a very traditionally celebrated ceremony where the sisters ensure to perform aarti of their brothers and apply red tika on their forehead. The tika ceremony on the occasion of Bhai Dooj signifies the prayers of a sister for the long life and prosperous accumulation of her brother. In return, the brother gives gifts which may also be in form of monetary terms. In certain parts of India, women who do not have a brother worship, Lord Moon, instead. As a tradition, they apply Mehendi (henna) on their hands as a tradition. At different places, Bhai Dooj festival is celebrated in different ways. In Haryana, Bhai Phota is celebrated with high energy and fervour. There are numerous rituals conducted during the ceremony that also includes that grand feast for the brothers. On this particular day, the brothers visit their sister's home and the ceremony begins with an Aarti. A tradition is followed on Bhai Dooj where the coconuts are also worshipped and presented to the brother by the sister. The sister then goes on to apply tilak on her brother's forehead and feed him handmade tasty savouries. She also gives her brother blessings for a long and content life. As mentioned earlier, this is followed by the exchange of gifts between the brothers and sisters. This festival is quite similar to the festival of Raksha Bandhan. The festival of Bhai Dooj also gives a chance to family members and relatives to meet each other and spend some great time together till their heart is content.

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About Govardhan Puja

Celebrated on the fourth day of the Diwali celebrations, Govardhan Puja is one of the very important days in the Diwali celebrations. It is also known as 'Padwa' or 'Varshapratiprada' in some parts of the country. This day is mainly celebrated in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

History of Govardhan Puja

According to the Hindu epic and legend, the "Vishnu Puraan", the people of Gokul, Mathura used to worship Lord Indra for providing them with rains. They believed that it was him who blessed them with the rains for their welfare.

But Lord Krishna explained to them that it was mount Govardhan (a small hillock situated at Braj, near Mathura) who caused the rain and not Lord Indra, so the mount should be worshipped and not Lord Indra. So the people followed Lord Krishna and started worshipping mount Govardhan.

This made Lord Indra really furious and as a result of his anger of not being worshipped, the people of Gokul had to face heavy rains. Lord Krishna came to the people's rescue and after prayers and offerings to the mount Govardhan, he lifted it as an umbrella on the little finger of his right hand in order to provide shelter to the people. Lord Krishna was called Giridhari or Govardhandhari only after this event.

Govardhan Puja Celebration (Annakoot)

Govardhan is also known as 'Annakoot' which literally means 'Mountain of food'. It is a custom to prepare fifty six or one hundred and eight varieties of dishes to offer to Lord Krishna. This offering is referred to as 'Bhog'.

Especially in Mathura and Nathdwara, the deities in the temples are given a milk bath and are decorated with new shining clothes, dazzling gems such as diamonds, rubies and pearls. After which they are worshipped and offered the “bhog" which is arranged and presented in form of a mountain in front of the idols as per the customs.

Gudi Padwa

This day has a major significance in Hinduism. As per the customs and traditions, wives put 'Tilak' on the forehead of their husbands, garland them and pray for his long life. Also the husbands give a token of love (a gift) to their wives for their care, love and affection. There is a custom to invite newly married daughters with their husbands to feast and are presented with gifts and sweets.

Padwa

The day following 'Amavasya', which is the fourth day of the Diwali celebrations also marks the day when King Bali came out of the 'Patal lok' which is the nether land. Also this is the day when he would start ruling the 'Bhoo lok', which was given to him as a boon by Lord Vishnu. Hence this day is famously known as 'Bali Padyami'. . 

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About Govardhan Puja

Celebrated on the fourth day of the Diwali celebrations, Govardhan Puja is one of the very important days in the Diwali celebrations. It is also known as 'Padwa' or 'Varshapratiprada' in some parts of the country. This day is mainly celebrated in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

History of Govardhan Puja

According to the Hindu epic and legend, the "Vishnu Puraan", the people of Gokul, Mathura used to worship Lord Indra for providing them with rains. They believed that it was him who blessed them with the rains for their welfare.

But Lord Krishna explained to them that it was mount Govardhan (a small hillock situated at Braj, near Mathura) who caused the rain and not Lord Indra, so the mount should be worshipped and not Lord Indra. So the people followed Lord Krishna and started worshipping mount Govardhan.

This made Lord Indra really furious and as a result of his anger of not being worshipped, the people of Gokul had to face heavy rains. Lord Krishna came to the people's rescue and after prayers and offerings to the mount Govardhan, he lifted it as an umbrella on the little finger of his right hand in order to provide shelter to the people. Lord Krishna was called Giridhari or Govardhandhari only after this event.

Govardhan Puja Celebration (Annakoot)

Govardhan is also known as 'Annakoot' which literally means 'Mountain of food'. It is a custom to prepare fifty six or one hundred and eight varieties of dishes to offer to Lord Krishna. This offering is referred to as 'Bhog'.

Especially in Mathura and Nathdwara, the deities in the temples are given a milk bath and are decorated with new shining clothes, dazzling gems such as diamonds, rubies and pearls. After which they are worshipped and offered the “bhog" which is arranged and presented in form of a mountain in front of the idols as per the customs.

Gudi Padwa

This day has a major significance in Hinduism. As per the customs and traditions, wives put 'Tilak' on the forehead of their husbands, garland them and pray for his long life. Also the husbands give a token of love (a gift) to their wives for their care, love and affection. There is a custom to invite newly married daughters with their husbands to feast and are presented with gifts and sweets.

Padwa

The day following 'Amavasya', which is the fourth day of the Diwali celebrations also marks the day when King Bali came out of the 'Patal lok' which is the nether land. Also this is the day when he would start ruling the 'Bhoo lok', which was given to him as a boon by Lord Vishnu. Hence this day is famously known as 'Bali Padyami'. . 

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Wishing you all a very Happy Diwali !!!!

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कार्तिक माह कृष्ण पक्ष की त्रयोदशी को धन्वंतरि देवता का जन्म हुआ था| इनका जन्म समुन्द्र मंथन से हुआ था| जब इनका जन्म हुआ तो यह अमृत कलश लेकर आए थे| जिसके लिए इतना भव्य समुद्र मंथन किया गया| इसी समुद्र मंथन से माँ लक्ष्मी जी का भी जन्म हुआ था| इसी धन्वंतरि के कारण इसका नाम धनतेरस पड़ा| धन्वंतरि देवो के वैद्य है इस कारण इसे इस दिन को आयुर्वेद दिवस भी कहा जाता है|

धनतेरस का मतलब होता है धन| कई लोग धनतेरस (Dhanteras) के दिन ही माँ लक्ष्मी कि पूजा करते है| जो लोग व्यपारी वर्ग के होते है उनके लिए यह दिन बहुत ही खास होता है| वह लोग घर में सोने चांदी के सिक्के घर लाते है इनको घर लाना बहुत शुभ माना जाता है| धनतेरस दिवाली के दो दिन पहले मनाया जाता है| इस दिन का बहुत महत्व माना जाता है| धन्वंतरि हाथ में कलश लेकर जन्मे थे| वह कलश महान अमृत का बर्तन था| इस दिन घरो में नए बर्तन खरीदने का भी चलन है| इस दिन चाँदी को या चांदी के बर्तनों को खरीदना शुभ माना जाता है| इस दिन इसके पीछे की मान्यता यह है की इस दिन धन की देवी की पूजा की जाती है| यह पूजा धन के उदेश्य के लिए की जाती है| कहते है धन देने से पहले मनुष्य को बुद्विमता का विकास करना चाहिए| इसके साथ ही अपने तन, मन को भी शीतल करना चाहिए| इस दिन चंद्रमा जो कि शीतलता का प्रतीक माना जाता है उसकी बनी धातु चांदी ख़रीदी जाती है|

इस लिए धनतेरस (Dhanteras) के दिन बर्तन और चांदी को खरीदना शुभ माना जाता है| इस प्रकार धनतेरस के दिन बर्तन ख़रीदने कि प्रथा प्रचलित है| इस दिन लोग नए वस्त्र खरीदते है| इस दिन नए वस्त्र, सिक्का, गहनों, उपहार, बर्तनों की खरीदारी करना भी बहुत शुभ माना जाता है| इस दिन धनवंतरी देव का जन्म हुआ इस लिए इनकी पूजा कि जाती है| इस दिन माँ लक्ष्मी कि भी पूजा कि जाती है और इसी दिन मुर्त्यु के देवता यमराज कि भी पूजा की जाती है| पूजा करते समय सात अनाज की भी पूजा की जाती है| सात अनाज में गेहू, उडद, मुंग, चना, चावल, जो, मसूर आदि| इनकी पूजा के साथ-साथ पूजन समग्री में विशेष रूप से स्वर्णपुष्पा के पुष्प से भगवती का पूजन करना शुभ माना जाता है|

इस दिन पूजा में भी भोग लगाने के लिए नेवेद्य के रूप में श्वेत रूप के मिस्ठान का उपयोग किया जाता है| इस दिन का धार्मिक और समाजिक दृष्टि से भी बहुत महत्व माना जाता है| इस बारे शासतो में भी कहा गया है कि जिन परिवारों में धनतेरस (Dhanteras) के दिन यमराज को निमित दीपदान किया जाता है वह पर अकाल मृत्यु नहीं होती| यह तक कि दिवाली कि सजावट भी आज के दिन से ही शुरू हो जाती है| इसी दिन से लोग अपने घरो को अच्छे से सजाते है रंगोली आदि बनाते है| शाम के समय लक्ष्मी जी का आवाहन भी आज से ही किया जाता है| इस दिन मिटटी को दूध में भिगो कर उसमे सेमर कि शाखा डालकर लगातार तीन बार अपने शरीर में फेरना और फिर कुमकुम लगाना भी बहुत शुभ माना जाता है| इसके उपरांत कार्तिक स्नान करके प्रदोष काल में घाट, गौशाला, कुआँ, घाट, मन्दिर आदि स्थानों पर जा कर दीपक जलाना चाहिए| सूर्य में चतुर्दशी और अमावस्या कि संध्या को जलती लकड़ी कि मिसाल से पितरो का मार्ग परषित करना चाहिए|इस दिन अपने घर कि सफाई जरूर करे| रूप और सुन्दर्यै कि प्राप्ति के लिए श्नान करने से पहले उबटन लगाए और फिर श्नान करे| कहा जाता है कि भगवान हनुमान जी का जन्म भी कार्तिक कृष्ण चतुर्दशी कि रात्रि में हुआ था इस लिए इस दिन को हनुमान जयंती भी मनाई जाती है|

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27 Oct 19
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Diwali celebrations go on for five days and each day has its significance.

Dhanteras :

Diwali begins with the first day known as ‘Dhanteras’ or the worship of wealth. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on this day and there is a custom to purchase something precious. People clean and decorate their homes.

Naraka Chaturdashi or Choti Diwali :

The second day is Naraka Chaturdashi or Choti Diwali. People wake up early and apply aromatic oils on them before taking a bath. This is said to remove all sins and impurities. They wear new clothes, offer Puja and enjoy by lighting diyas and bursting few crackers.

Lakshmi Puja :

The third day is the main Diwali festival. Lakshmi Puja is performed on this day. Goddess Lakshmi is believed to enter homes and bless people with good fortune. Tiny oil diyas, candles and electric lights are placed around the house. Families exchange gifts and gather together to burst crackers.

Govardhan Puja or Padva :

The fourth day is Govardhan Puja or Padva. It is the day when Lord Krishna defeated Indra by lifting the huge Govardhan Mountain. People make a small hillock, usually of cow dung, symbolising Govardhan and worship it.

Bhai Dooj :

The fifth and last day is Bhai Dooj. On this day sisters invite their brothers for a lavish meal and perform a ‘tilak’ ceremony. Sisters pray for their brother’s long and happy life while the brothers give gifts to their sisters.

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