The Poornima which falls in the month of Phalgun is known as Holi and this particular day is celebrated with great fervour across the country.
Legend has it that once upon a time, there was a demon king by the name of Hiranyakashyap. He was so egoistic that he commanded everybody in his kingdom to worship only him. But, to his great dismay, his son, Prahlad was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu.
Hiranyakashyap tried several times to kill his son Prahlad but every time Lord Vishnu saved Prahlad. Finally, Hiranyakashyap asked his sister, Holika to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap. For, Hiranyakashyap knew that Holika had a boon, whereby, she could escape the fire unscathed.
Treacherously, Holika coaxed young Prahlad to sit in her lap and she herself took her seat in a blazing fire. Holika had to pay the price of her evil thoughts and sin by letting go of her life as she was not aware that the boon worked only when she entered the fire alone.
Prahlad, who kept chanting the name of Lord Naarayana all this while, came out unharmed, as the lord blessed him for his extreme devotion. He is known commonly as Bhakt Prahlad due to his extreme devotion towards Lord Vishnu. He is embodiment of a devotee’s faith in the supreme power of Lord Vishnu.
Thus, Holi derives its name from Holika. And, is celebrated as a festival of victory of good over evil.
On the day of Holi, people enact the scene of ‘Holika’s burning to ashes’ every year to mark the triumph of good over evil. Thus, we have to burn all the six “Shadripu’s” (lust or desire, anger, greed, pride, attachment and jealousy) by encircling the holy bonfire thrice.
This year the date for Holika Dahan is 20th March 2019 and the timing of Holika Dahan is 20:57 to 00:28. One has to observe a fast from sunrise till Holika Dahan and perform the pooja by offering “naivedyam” after which, one should throw a dry coconut into the bonfire. Apart from this, also remember to sweep your house on this particular day and gather some of dust in a piece of paper and throw it into the holy bonfire. This practice burns away all negativity and evil forces present in our homes.
Some of other remedies to be done are:
- Take 2 cloves dipped in pure ghee, 1 sugar candy, betel leaf and encircle the holy fire thrice and throw the above ingredients into the fire as “Aahuti”. This clears away all the troubles and gives lifelong happiness.
- For trouble caused due to black magic, take black sesame seeds wrapped in a black cloth and keep this with you all day long. Throw this bundle into the holy bonfire during the Holika Dahan.
- For protection from enemies, take 7 gomti chakras and pray to Lord Vishnu. Throw these chakras into holy bonfire.
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Have a Happy & Safe Holi !!!
Enjoy the festivities with family and friends.
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