The colourful festival of Holi is just around the corner, taking your excitement to the next level. But eight days prior to the joyous festival are considered highly inauspicious. This period is known as ‘Holashtak’. Starting March 22, Monday, the most inauspicious days of the year are about to begin.Holashtak Meaning
Holashtak is a Sanskrit word made from the combination of ‘Hola’ + ‘Ashtak’, meaning eight days before Holi. This inauspicious period begins on the Ashtami Tithi of Shukla Paksha of Phalgun month and continues till the Purnima Tithi – the day of Holi.
Holashtak is mainly observed in North Indian states like Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar.Holashtak Period 2021
This year in 2021, Holashtak starts on March 22, Monday and ends on March 28, Sunday (Holi).Why is Holashtak inauspicious?
This period of eight days before Holi is considered inauspicious because planets like Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Rahu and Venus are said to undergo furious transformations, causing a negative impact on the lives of people, during this period.Things to Avoid during Holashtak
During this inauspicious period of Holashtak, doing auspicious things must be avoided. People do not perform any auspicious ceremonies like marriage, engagement, naming of a child and housewarming celebrations. They do not start anything new such as buying property, jewellery or a vehicle, making important investments, giving an interview, taking loans and starting a new business or partnership.
No auspicious task takes place before the ritual of Holika Dahan. Doing so is said to bring bad luck and you do not get any fruitful results from things started during this inauspicious period.Things to Do during Holashtak
The eight days of Holashtak are considered very rewarding for performing good deeds, helping others, donating alms and doing charity. If someone dies during Holashtak, his ‘Shanti Kriya’ must be performed before incinerating the body.
On the first day of Holashtak, people choose a crossroad (chauraha) for performing Holika Dahan, purify the spot with Gangajal and place some dried wood, grass and dung cakes here. On each day of Holashtak, people collect and add dried branches and twigs, which represent negative energies. All of these are then burnt on the day of Holika Dahan. People wash their homes with Gangajal when Holashtak begins to ward off evil energies.Holashtak 2021 Start Date and End Date
|Sunrise||March 22, 2021 6:32 AM|
|Sunset||March 22, 2021 6:34 PM|
|Ashtami Tithi Begins||March 21, 2021 7:10 AM|
|Ashtami Tithi Ends||March 22, 2021, 9:00 AM|
Stay cautious during this period to ensure that the inauspicious Holashtak days cause you no harm. Connect with Pt. Pawan Kaushik to get a detailed report on the effect of Holashtak 2021 on your Kundli and life. Call +91-9990176000