As every one knows Holi Pooja takes place a day before the Holi Festival which is known as ‘Holika Dahan’. It is a major ritual performed at the time of Holi.
People light bonfires on the eve of Holi festival to celebrate the victory of ‘good’ over ‘bad’ which is called Holika Dahan.
Holika Dahan preparations begin almost 40 days before the festival. People start gathering woods on the important crossroads of the city. Holi Pooja takes place on an auspicious time in the evening a day before the Holi festival. Holi Pooja is performed in a different manner in some communities.
The whole puja process is considered very auspicious for the married women. It ensures well-being and healthy life of their husband.
Steps and rituals for the Holi Pooja (Holi Pooja Process):
- Holi Pooja can be performed at any place.
- A log of wood is kept at a prominent public place on the Vasant Panchami day.
- People extend the log centre with twigs, dried leaves, branches of trees and other combustible material.
- On the day of Holika Dahan, an effigy of Holika and Prahlad is placed on the huge heap of woods.
- Effigy of Holika is made of combustible material while Prahlad’s effigy is made of non-combustible material.
- On the eve of Holi, the heap is set alight and the people chant Rakshoghna Mantras of the Rig Veda to cast away the evil spirits.
- Left over ashes are collected by people next morning. These ashes are considered holy and are smeared on the limbs of the body as Holi Prasad.
- Smearing of body limbs is an act of purification.
Holi – Holika Dahan 2017 Puja Muhurat Timings:
Holika Dahan Muhurta : 18:43 to 20:23 hrs IST on 12 March 2017
Bhadra Punchha : 04:11 to 05:23 hrs IST on 12 March 2017
Bhadra Mukha : 05:23 to 07:23 hrs IST on 12 March 2017
Note : One should avoid Bhadra Mukha and in no condition Holika Dahan should be done in Bhadra Mukha. Doing so brings bad luck for the whole year not only for individuals but for whole city and country. Many