Bhagini Hastha Bhojanam is the 5th and the final day of Deepavali celebrations in Andhra Pradesh. In 2017, Bhagini Hastha Bhojanam date is October 21.
It is also celebrated in Karnataka and some parts of Tamil Nadu. It falls on Yama Dwitiya, the second day after Diwali.
Bhagini means sister and Hasta bhojanam means to take meals cooked by sister. This day is celebrated as Bhai Dooj or Bhau Beej in Maharashtra, Gujarat, and other North Indian states, and as Bhai Phonta in Bengal and Assam and as Bhai Tika in Nepal.
Bhagini Hasta Bhojanam festival is intended for togetherness of the families – sisters’ and brothers’ families.
On this day, sisters offer meals with special recipes to brothers and in return brothers offer gold, clothes, and other material that are symbols of long-lasting sindhur. It is believed on this day; Lord Yama visits his sister Yamuna and eats meals at her abode.
Yama Puja is also an auspicious ritual to perform on Yama Dwitiya. Sodari Tritya is observed on the next day.
Daily Panchangam, Bhagini Hastha Bhojanam 2017 – October 21
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 06:30 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 17:52
Chandrodayam (Moonrise) 07:34 Chandrastama (Moonset) 19:14
Paksha (Fortnight) Shukla Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Dwitiya – 27:00*
Nakshatra Swati – 10:18
Yoga Priti – 15:19
Karana Kaulava – 27:00*
Purnimanta Month Kaartika
Amavasyanta Month Kaartika
Shaka Samvatsara: Hevilambi
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Sadharana
Rahu Kalam: 09:20 – 10:46
Gulika Kalam: 06:30 – 07:55
Yama Gandam: 13:36 – 15:01
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Tula
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Tula – 29:49:44*
Amrita Kalam 26:49* – 28:33*
Abhijit: 11:48 – 12:34
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 16:23 – 18:07
Durmuhurthams: 07:15 – 08:01
Today’s – Festivals / Vratam / Pooja / Jayanthi – Bhai Dooj, Yam Dwitiya, Bhatru Dwitiya, Bhagini Hastha Bhojanam.