Holi is the most celebrated festivals of the Hindu community. As the festival is just around the corner people have started their preparations for the revered day. This year, Holika Dahan will be celebrated on March 21 and the Rang Panchami will be celebrated on March 25.
The colourful vibrancy of the festival is seen all across the nation especially in the northern states including Bihar, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and several other states. According to the Hindu lunar calendar, the festival is observed on the full moon day in the month of Falgun and the festival lasts for two days.
The festival starts with Holika Dahan or Choti Holi. This year, Holika Dahan is scheduled on March 20.
So before the festival starts let’s us look at the dates, Shubh mahurat, timings and puja Vidhi.
Holika Dahan Muhurat 2019- Date and Time
In 2019, Holika Dahan will be held on March 20 and the main Rangwali Holi, the day when Holi is played with a splash of colours will be celebrated on March 2. According to Drikpanchang, the duration of Holika Dahan will last for 1 hour and 7 mins as the pooja mahurat falls at 11:28 pm to 12:35 am.
Holika Dahan Significance
Holika Dahan or Kamudu Pyre is marked by burning Holika, the devil. As per the Hindu tradition, Holi celebrates the killing of Holika by Vishnu in order to save Prahlad devotee of Vishnu in the city of Multan Pakistan. The name Holi is derived from their only. Earlier, people use to contribute a piece of wood or two for the Holika bonfire, and this represents Holika killing her brother Hiranya Kashipu. According to Hindu scriptures, Holika Dahan also known as Holika Deepak or Choti Holi should be performed during the Pradosh Kaal (which starts after sunset) while Purnima tithi is prevailing.
Holika Dahan Puja Vidhi
The festival marks the victory of good over evil and it is said that all type of fear can be conquered by doing Holika Puja during Holika Dahan. Holika puja is done before Holika Dahan where people perform Pooja with a bowl of water, beads made of cow dung, rice, fragrances like agarbatti and dhoop, flowers, turmeric, gulal powder, coconut etc.
On the top of the Pyre, there is an effigy that signifies Holika who had tricked Prahalad into the fire. People stocks colour pigments, food, regional delicacies, food, gujiyaas and other delicacies. The traditional Holika pyre of wood is decorated with flowers and garlands. Once the puja is performed, people gather and burn Holika (bonfire) to signify victory of good over evil. The festival is widely celebrated in north India and parts of South India where pyres are burnt to mark the annual festival.