Holika Dahan will take place this year on March 6 in some locations and March 7 in others due to the discrepancy in the calendars.
After Holika Dahan, Holashtak will come to an end on March 8.
Did you know that Holi is a celebration that celebrates the harvest of new crops and the start of spring in addition to Prahlad’s victory? In order to honour Holika Dahan, it is customary to offer grains to the fire.
It has been said that astrology places a great deal of importance on the night of Holika Dahan. Tantra meditation performed on this night is thought to immediately bring success to the practitioner. It is necessary to speak with your guru before beginning to repeat the mantra. It is stated that their spiritual practices will be fruitful if they recite the mantra while being guided by their guru.
Learn about some unique Holi-related beliefs.
Do you know why grains are provided to Holika Dahan’s fire?
During this time, wheat crops begin to ripen. Since ancient times, harvest festivals have been an annual occurrence. Holi is historically a colourful festival celebrating the ripening of the harvest. Farmers donate a portion of their harvested crop to Holika Dahan’s fire. In reality, when a crop is gathered, a portion of it is presented as bhog to God and the natural world. A type of Yagya is throwing grains into the fire during Holika Dahan. Moreover, it is a feast of praise to God for the fresh harvest.
Holi is a celebration of the beginning of spring.
The beginning of the spring season coincides with Holi. Holi is a customary way to mark the arrival of spring, which is known as Rituraj. The spring season is said to have been manifested by Kamadeva in the past on the full moon of the Falgun month to end Lord Shiva’s penance. Shiva ji set Kamdev ablaze in retaliation for his penance being broken. With the approach of spring, the atmosphere improves. When spring finally arrived in ancient times, people celebrated by flinging colourful objects. The custom of playing Holi with coloured powders began as a result. Back then, flowers were used to make the Holi colours.
A Succinct Account of Bhakt Prahlad:
When it comes to Holi, the Bhakt Prahlad and Holika narrative is the most well-known. Prahlad, the son of Hiranyakashipu, was Lord Vishnu’s greatest devotee in ancient times. Because of this, Hiranyakashipu made an effort to convince his son to quit worshipping Lord Vishnu. After failing to persuade him, he made the decision to murder Prahlad. Hiranyakashipu made a lot of effort but was unable to kill Prahlad. Asuraraj’s sister Holika then stepped up to assist him and made the decision to sit in the fire beside Prahlad because Holika had been granted the blessing of not burning in the fire. Yet thanks to the mercy of Lord Vishnu, Holika was the one who burned to death while Prahlad was spared when the cloth was blown away and fell on top of him. Since then, Prahlad’s victory has been commemorated during the Holika Dahan celebration.