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BHAI PHOTA 2020/BHAI DOOJ 2020

BHAI PHOTA 2020/BHAI DOOJ 2020

Bhai Phota or Bhai dooj is a Hindu festival that celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters like Rakhi. A brother and a sister’s bond is very special. A brother is sometimes a best friend, a partner in crime, sometimes a guide, and a protector for his sister. Siblings fight with each other, eritates each other but also protects another one from getting a scolding from elders or from any other person.

Or sometimes if there is a big age gap between two siblings then we can observe an elder’s parental affection for younger ones and younger’s respect for the elder one. The bond between each brother and sister is unique in its way. In the festival of Bhai Phota or Bhai, the day when forgetting every other thing Brothers and Sisters celebrate their unique, unbreakable, and deep bond. 




Bhai phota

Bhai phota


Bhai dooj

Bhai dooj


Bhai dooj festival

Bhai dooj festival


Bhai phota in Bengali

Bhai phota in Bengali



Bhai dooj meaning/ Bhai Phota meaning:


‘Bhai’ or ‘Bhaiya’ means brother. And ‘Dooj’ means ‘Dwitiya’ the second day after ‘Amavasya’. And ‘Phota’ means ‘tilak’ or a sacred spot made in one’s forehead by Sandel paste with the help of finger for their wellbeing and happiness. Sisters celebrate this festival by praying for their loving brothers’ long happy and prosperous life. 


Significance of Bhai dooj/ Bhai Phota:

It is a festival of brothers and sisters. On the day of Bhai Phota morning sisters take baths, get ready and in empty stomach prays for their beloved brothers' long and happy life. They believe that if on this day they give Phota or draw a Tilak on their brothers’ forehead then the God of Death Yama will grant him a long life.


Story of Bhai Phota/ Bhai Dooj:

There are few legends regarding the origin and background of the Bhai Phota or Bhai Dooj celebration. 1st and the most popular legend says that on this day the God of death Yama visited his sister the Yamuna. The Yamuna that day prayed for her brother Yama’s happiness and prosperity as a gratitude Yama thought that from that time which sister will pray for their brother’s life on that day he will grant that long life to the brother of that sister. 


2nd legend says that day Lord Sri Krishna came back to Dwarka after killing Narkasur. His sister Subhadra who was worried about his well being welcome him by putting Tilak on his forehead fed him sweets and thanks to God for keeping her brother safe and sound. From that day the tradition of celebrating this day as Bhai Phota or Bhai Dooj started.


There is a 3rd and less popular legend also. It is said in folklore that Once Lord Vishnu was captured and kept in Prison by a brave and powerful king Bali. To rescue him Goddess Lakshmi visits Bali on this day and greets him as her brother. Bali accepts her as his sister and releases Lord Vishnu as then Lord Vishnu became his sister’s husband.



Bhai dooj tikka

Bhai dooj tikka 


online tikka on Bhai dooj

online tikka on Bhai dooj


Bhai dooj special

Bhai dooj special


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happy bhai phota



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bhai dooj image


Bhai Phota/ Bhai Dooj celebration:

All around people celebrate this festival on the 2nd day after Diwali. But it is known by different names in different parts of India. West Bengal calls this festival as Bhai phota, North India and the western part of India celebrate it as Bhai Dooj, this festival is known as Bhai vij in Maharastra, Goa, and Maharastra, Darjilinag and Nepal also celebrate this festival and calls it as Bhai Tika. 

For this festival people doesn't need to perform a Puja or any special rituals as it is a festival of bonding, emotion and heart. But still people generally loves to follow few rituals. At morning both Brother and Sister get ready after taking a bath and in empty stomach performs a few rituals. Generally brothers sits in a tradition cotton mat called ‘Asana’ and sisters prepare a Thali containing a Diya, Durba Grass, Sandal Paste or tika, Durba Ghas, rice (dhan or Chawal) and Bhai phota/ Bhai Dooj special sweets. Sisters put Phota or Tilak of Sandal paste in their brothers’ forehead with the help of the little finger of their left hand and fed sweets to their brothers. In West, Bengal sisters chant some mantras during the ceremony. 



“ভাইয়ের কপালে দিলাম ফোঁটা

যমের দুয়ারে পড়লো কাঁটা 

যমুনা দেয় যম কে ফোঁটা

আমি দি আমার ভাইকে ফোঁটা

ভাই যেন হয় লোহার ভাতা ” 


“Bhaier kapale dilam phonta,

Jamer Duare porlo kanta,

Jamuna Dae Jomke phonta,

Ami di amar bhaike phonta,

Bhai jeno hoy lohar vata.” 


Meaning in English: Yamas' sister the Yamuna gave phonta to Yama and prayed for his well being today I am giving Phonta to my brother praying for his long life. May my brother stay strong and live long. 


Obviously, a lavish platter of delicious foods is also present to pamper brothers on this day. Brothers also pamper their sisters by showering their love and gifts upon their sisters. Obviously, a lavish platter of delicious foods is also present to pamper brothers on this day. Brothers also pamper their sisters by showering their love and gifts upon their sisters. 


Nowadays all are busy and sometimes it's not possible for brothers and sisters to meet on the day of this wonderful festival. But it doesn't mean that the love and bonding between them is less or the sister isn't praying for her brother. Generally, sisters give Phota in wall remembering their brothers if they cant give phonta to their brothers physically. But now the latest technology is a blessing for these brothers and sisters who can't meet on this day.

The practice of online Phota on Bhai Phota or online tikka on bhai dooj started in recent years via Video call. Sisters also can send Bhai Phota/ Bhai dooj wishes to their brothers to make the day special for the brother who stays away from her while a brother can send a beautiful gift to his sister to make her feel loved and to appreciate her love and care for him. 

Bhai Phota/ Bhai Dooj Time:


Bhai Phota/ Bhai Dooj marks the end of a long array of nearly month-long festivals starting from Mahalaya or Navratri. Bhai phota/Bhai dooj begins after the end of Amavasya of Diwali or Kalipuja. The next day of Amavasya is called Pratipada and the 2nd day is named Dwitiya. Few people celebrate it on Pratipada and few celebrate it on Dwitiya. But celebrating the festival in Dwitiya is more popular that's why the other name of the festival is ‘Bharti Dwitiya’. 



Bhai phota 2020/Bhai dooj 2020 Date:


In 2020 it will be celebrated on 16th November, Tuesday. We are providing a free download for your convenience. We tried to provide information about Bhai Phota/ Bhai dooj, free image download of Bhai dooj quotes, wish for bhai phota in Bengali, Happy Bhai phota wish, happy Bhai phota in Bengali wish as per our best. Please forgive us if there is any mistake. 


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