Holika Dahan, also known as Choti Holi marks the beginning of the Holi festival. Choti Holi symbolizes the victory of good over evil while serving as a reason to bring people together and enjoy the festival of colour.
Holika Dahan Date
As per the Drik Panchang, Choti Holi will be celebrated on March 7th this year while the Holika Dahan muhurat will be from 6:24 pm to 8:51 pm on the same date.
Holi will be played on March 8.
The Purnima Tithi will begin at 4:17 pm on March 6 and end at 6:09 pm on March 7.
Significance of Holika Dahan
The ritual of Holika Dahan and Holi has a mythological link attached to it. According to the legends, Holika was the sister of demon King Hiranyakashyap who attempted to kill his son Prahlad, a devotee of Lord Vishnu. After several failed attempts he sought help from Holika and asked her to sit on fire with Prahalad on his lap. Holika had the boon of being protected from fire with the help of a divine shawl.
As instructed, Holika took Prahlad into the fire. Prahlad kept chanting the name of Lord Vishnu and a gush of wind blew away the shawl from Holika to cover Prahlad, killing her in the fire. The burning of the pyre is a ritual followed a day before the holi.
According to another legend, it is believed that Krishna when young, used to play tricks and pranks with Gopis. He would often throw colors on them. So, on the day of Holi people around the country carry photos of Krishna around their localities and smear his picture with bright colors.
On the day of Holika Dahan, people gather around a bonfire in their localities to sing and dance around the pyre. The day signifies the victory of good over evil.
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