Holika Dahan Muhurat and Puja Vidhi

Holika Dahan : Triumph of Good over Evil

9th of March, 2020 will be celebrated as Holika Dahan all over the country. The importance of this festival increases because it is very closely associated with the festival of colours, Holi.

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Now, the festival Holi needs no special introduction and it occupies a special position in the list of all primary Hindu festivals and events.

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Holika Dahan Shubh Muhurat 

All the necessary information about the auspicious time of Holika Dahan is given in the table given below.

Holika Dahan Shubh Muhurat  From 18:26:20 till 20:52:17
Duration  2 hours 25 minutes
Bhadra Punchha  From 09:50:36 till 10:51:24
Bhadra Mukha  From 10:51:24 till 12:32:44

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Victory of Truth over Evil 

The festival of Holika Dahan is considered to be an epitome of the victory of righteousness over evil. The festival of Holika Dahan inspires us to strengthen our belief on God as this happens to be the day Lord Vishnu saved his beloved devotee Prahlad from the atrocities and murderous plans of his father Hiranyakashyapu and and his aunt Holika.

This incident took place on the Purnima or the full moon night of the month of Phalgun. Ever since then, the Purnima which arrives during the month of Phalgun every year is celebrated as Holika Dahan. In many places around the country, this day is also known as Choti Holi.

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Holika Dahan Puja Samagri(Materials Required for Puja) 

If you are contemplating organizing the Holika Dahan Puja, then you will be needing several special things in particular. They are :- cakes made from cow dung, cow dung, Ganges water(Gangajal)or clear water, some flower garlands, yarn, five kinds of grains, Roli-mouli, Akshat, turmeric, batashe(sweets), rang-gulal(colours), fruit-sweets while conducting the Puja.

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Holika Dahan Puja Vidhi 

  • During Phalgun Shukla Purnima, you should wake up early in the morning and take a bath and then take an oath to observe the Holika fast.
  • In the afternoon, wash/clean the place properly where Holika Dahan is to be conducted (where Holika is to be burnt) with clean water and collect the necessary items of Holika (dry wood, dung, dried thorns etc.)
  • Prepare idols Prahlad and Holika with cow dung.
  • Worship Lord Narasimha. Offer all the necessary items to the Lord.
  • Commemorate the Puja during the night and then light the Holika. Afterwards, complete three rounds of the holy pyre.
  • Chant the name of Lord Narashimha and put the five types of grains in the fire.
  • Take a raw yarn to cover the Holika while completing its rounds of the holy fire and offer an Arghya.
  • Put cow dung, a string of dried gram, barley, wheat etc. in the bonfire.
  • Also put colours(Gulaal) and offer water to the holy fire.
  • At the end, collect the ashes left behind and bring it to your household and place it in your altar.

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Holika Dahan in Mythology 

This story dates back to the ancient period when a King named Hiranyakashyapu happened to be a powerful ruler of his time. An equivalent amount of ratio could be seen in his arrogance and barbarous nature. Hiranyakashyapu wanted his subjects to worship him and not any other God. Consequently, he seeked the status of “God” from his kingdom. However, his son Prahlad was an avid worshipper of Lord Vishnu because of which Hiranyakashyapu used to despise his own son.

Many times, he tried to persuade Prahlad to let go of his faith in Lord Vishnu. But, he did not give it up easily. Witnessing the firm devotion of Prahlad, Hiranyakashyap started to inflict various pains upon Prahlad. After numerous failed attempts, he decided to murder Prahlad. Holika, his sister came forward to help him.

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They hatched a diabolic plan together. Holika had acquired a boon, because of which she was known as ‘the unburnt’. No fire on earth could reduce her into ashes. Lord Vishnu discovered what’s going on in their minds and saved Prahlad from the fire. Miraculously, it was Holika who was burnt in the fire and not Prahlad. Ever since then, the tradition of celebrating holika Dahan came into existence.

Why is Holika Dahan Celebrated? 

Holika Dahan is a festival commemorated to celebrate the prevalence of good over evil. The pious fire is worshipped on this day as grains are offered to it. The same grains are also used to organize a Hawan and there is also a tradition of bringing back the left behind ashes to home. It is kept in the sacred altar.

The preparations of Holika Dahan begin a month before when people start collecting firewood, dried twigs, cow dung cakes etc. Apart from this, Holika Dahan is celebrated prior to the Purnima(new moon) night of Phalgun. After this, people start preparing to get engaged in the celebrations of Holi.

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Holika Dahan and Holashtak 

Holashtak begins eight days before the festival of colours is celebrated. During these eight days, it is considered inauspicious to commemorate any kind of holy activity. Apart from this, if there are any tasks associated with anyone’s birth and death, then a Shanti Puja should be organized prior to it.

Holashtak this year has begun from the third of March onwards.

We hope that you will appreciate this blog of ours on Holika Dahan. Wish you all the best for the upcoming festival of colours!

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