The festival of colours – Holi is here! One day before the colourful celebrations, people gather to set up a huge bonfire, keeping in mind the legend of Prahlad and Holika. The observance is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi.
Holika Dahan is a ritual of Hindus in which, a night before Holi, pyres are burnt to symbolise the victory of good over evil. It is a festival in which people celebrate the death of ‘Holika’ and the safety of bhakt Prahalad. People also sing and dance around the fire to celebrate the festival.
Holika Dahan Timing
As per Hindu scriptures, Holika Dahan is performed during Pradosh Kaal, which starts after sunset. Performing Holika Dahan during the right muhurat timing is very important as doing the rituals at the wrong time can lead to misfortune.
You should never do Holika Dahan in Bhadra Mukha timing. Doing so will bring bad luck for the entire year.
Holika Dahan Festival Mahurat 2021: Date and Time
|Holika Dahan Muhurat||6:37 pm and 8:56 pm|
|Bhadra Punchha||10:13 am to 11:16 am.|
|Bhadra Mukha||11:16 am to 1:00 pm.|
|Rangwali Holi||29 March|
|Purnima Tithi begins||3:26 AM, 28 March|
|Purnima Tithi ends||12:17 AM, 29 March|
Holi is one of those festivals, which are celebrated by almost everyone in the country, irrespective of their religion, caste and birthplace. Undoubtedly, one thing all Indians share is the love for colours! That is the reason behind all the different types of Holi celebrations in India.How To Do Holika Dahan Puja: Holika Dahan Puja Vidhi
Just a day before the Phalgun Poornima, people start preparing for Holika Puja, which is performed in the evening during an auspicious time.Holika Sthapana
People collect wood to prepare bonfire in their colonies, mostly nearby temples. Other combustible materials are added such as dry leaves and twigs. Many devotees also place symbolic structures of Prahlad and Holika made of cow dung on the top of the wood heaps.Holika Puja Thali
In Northern India, most married women observe a fast until the evening Holika Puja. They bathe in the noon and then prepare their puja thali, which includes roli, chawal, haldi, 5 uple made from cow dung (tied together), moli (red coloured sacred thread) and jau.Holika Dahan
At the appropriate Holika Puja Muhurat in the evening, the heap of woods are set on fire, burning Holika to remember the triumph of good over evil. Women perform the Puja by making offerings to the Holika fire for the welfare of their families. Some people roast jau in the Holika fire and bring the roasted jau to their homes. Doing so is said to put all negative energies and illnesses to an end. People dance and sing around the bonfire. Youngsters and kids enjoy the evening the most! Celebrate together. May you have a wonderful festival!