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Yama Dwitiya 2023 date – Importance of Diwali Yam Dwitiya - Why It Is Observed?

The final day of Diwali celebrations is known as Yama Dwitiya - a symbol of love between brothers and sisters. Yama Dwitiya 2023 date is November 15. Yam Dwitiya is the name used popularly in South India, especially in Karnataka and parts of Maharashtra and Telangana. The legend of the festival is associated with Lord Yama, the Hindu god of Death, visiting his sister Yami.

Story of Yama Dwitiya - Why It Is Observed?

Legend has it that Yamaraj, the God of Death, visited his sister Yami on this day after Diwali. Yami welcomed her brother with garlands and by applying the auspicious tilak on his forehead. She also served him his favorite dishes. They also exchanged gifts. Yamraj is believed to have said to Yami that who receives tilak from his sister will have to never suffer hell. Since then Yama Dvitiya is observed as a symbol of love between brothers and sisters.

When is it Observed?

It is observed on the second day of the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in Kartik month and is one of the last celebrations during Diwali.

How is it observed?

Brothers visit sisters on the day and perform puja, apply tilak and exchange gifts. It is an opportunity for married women to meet their brothers.

Festival is known by several names in other parts of India

  • The day is observed as Bhai Dooj or Bhau Bij or Bhai Beej in North India
  • In Maharashtra, the day is known as Bhai Tika.
  • Bhai Phonta in Bengal