February 12, 2024
Holi is a major festival of the Hindu religion. The wait for it starts as soon as the month of spring begins. Holika Dahan is done on the full moon night of Phalgun Shukla Paksha and Holi is celebrated. According to the Hindu religion, Holika Dahan is considered a symbol of the victory of good over evil. Holi is a cultural, religious, and traditional festival. Its different celebration and enthusiasm is seen all over India. Holi is a festival of brotherhood, mutual love, and goodwill. On this day people apply colors to each other. Gujhiya and dishes are prepared in homes. People go to each other’s houses and apply colors and wish Happy Holi.
On the day of Holika Dahan, a sacred fire is lit in which all kinds of evil, ego, and negative energy are burnt. The next day, people wish the festival to their loved ones by applying colors and enjoying the festival with dancing, singing, and delicious dishes. It is a day when all men and women freely color each other. This is the ‘day of forgiveness and forgetting’, on this day everyone forgets old grudges, fights, and fights and starts friendship afresh. It is also a time to enjoy traditional drinks. A traditional drink made from milk and consumed on Holi. It is also served as a welcome drink or prasad in many places. Sumptuous sweets and dishes like Gujiyas, laddus, Pakodas, halwa, and puri, etc. form an integral part of the celebration as any Indian festival is incomplete without a grand spread of food.
Holika Dahan takes place on Phalgun Purnima. This year, Phalgun Purnima Tithi will start on March 24 at 09:54 am. This date will end the next day i.e. on March 25 at 12:29 pm.
Holika Dahan is on 24th March. The auspicious time for Holika Dahan on this day is from 11:13 pm to 12:27 pm. In such a situation, you will get a time of 1 hour 14 minutes for Holika Dahan.
In Satyayuga, there was a very powerful demon king – Hiranyakashyap. Hiranyakashyap was married to Kayadhu, from whom he had a son named Prahlad. Hiranyakashipu started penance to Brahma for the desired boon. During this time the gods attacked his city and established their rule there. At that time Devarshi Narad Muni protected Kayadhu and gave him a place in his ashram. Hiranyakashyap’s son Prahlad was born there. Due to being in the company of Devarshi Narad Muni, Prahlad became a devotee of Lord Vishnu. On the other hand, after many years of penance, Brahma appeared to Hiranyakashipu. Hiranyakashipu asked for a boon that he should not die at the hands of man or animal, nor by any weapon, neither during the day nor at night, neither outside nor inside the building, neither on the ground nor in the sky. Overall, in his understanding, he asked for the boon of immortality. Brahma gave him this boon. But, after this he became autocratic. He started killing sages and saints and declared himself God. But, his son Prahlad himself remained engrossed in devotion to Vishnu. When Hiranyakashyap came to know about this, he burst out with anger. Even after repeated explanations, Prahlad did not give up his insistence, so he decided to kill him.
Hiranyakashyap had a sister Holika. Holika also got a boon from Lord Brahma. That fire cannot burn it. Hiranyakashyap told Holika to sit in the fire with Prahlad in her lap so that Prahlad could not run away and he would burn to ashes in the same fire. Holika did the same, but she herself got burnt to ashes and Prahlad was saved. It is said that one of Holika’s clothes had the power to not burn, but by the grace of Lord Vishnu, due to a strong storm, that cloth got removed from Holika and hugged Prahlad’s body. The townspeople celebrated the burning of Holika and the survival of Prahlad, which is also known as Chhoti Holi. After this, when this news spread, Vishnu devotees celebrated the festival in a more grand manner the next day. Due to its association with Holika, this festival later came to be named Holi. On the other hand, Hiranyakashipu tied Prahlad to a pillar to kill him. He was about to kill Prahlad when Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Narasimha by tearing the pillar. He took Hiranyakashyap to the doorstep of his house, placed him in his lap in the evening, and killed him with the help of nails. In this way, Brahma’s boon was not broken and the tyrant came to an end.
Just as the Holi festival is considered the messenger of spring, similarly according to religious beliefs, this festival is celebrated as the victory of good over evil. On this day, everyone forgets their differences and applies color to each other, in which red color is considered very important. This is because red color is considered a symbol of love and harmony. Due to this mutual love and affection increases. According to religious beliefs, by burning Holika and worshiping Lord Shri Krishna, Shri Hari, and all the Gods and Goddesses on the day of Holi, all the negative powers are destroyed and happiness and prosperity are achieved in life.
Holi festival is celebrated in different ways across the country. At some places Holi of flowers, Holi of laddus, and at some places, Lathmar Holi is celebrated. People come to India from all over the world to enjoy this festival. If you also want to know which color is auspicious for you on the day of Holi, then you can talk to astrologers.
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