Bhaijiuntia Festival is celebrated on the Mahastami Day of Durga Puja
, mainly in Balangir
districts of Orissa
. It falls on the 8th day of the bright fortnight in the month of Aswina (October). On this auspicious day women undertake total fasting for the whole day and night to seek the blessings of Goddess Durga
for the long life of their bhais (brothers).