Bhai Phota / Bhai Dooj
Bhai Dooj or Bhai Phota is a traditional Hindu festival celebrated in all over in India. It is celebrated on the second day of Kali Puja. In this festival every sister prays for her brother’s for long life and every bothers promises their sister’s to protect them from evils.
In Hindu mythology, Yamuna, is the sister of Yama Raj (God of Death) prays for her brother’s
welfare and applies “Phota” or “Tilak” on his forehead with chanting a Sanskrit
“Bhratus tabaa grajaataaham
Bhunksa bhaktamidam shuvam Preetaye yama raajasya
I’m your sister
Eat this sacred rice
For the pleasure of “Yam Raj” and “Yamuna”.
Bhaier kapale dilam phonta,
Jamer Duare porlo kanta,
Jamuna Dae Jomke phonta,
Ami di amar bhaike phonta,
Bhai jeno hoy lohar vata.
I put a “phota” on my brother’s fore-head
To make my brother immortal
“Yamuna” gives a “phota” to “Yam”
I give a “phota” to my brother
Brother may becomes tough as iron
Bhai Phota Recipes