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Holika Dahan: Celebration and Significance

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The vibrant and colorful festival of Holi is really close and the preparations and celebrations are already at its high pace. With the increased craze and unity of diverse cultures, this festival is not only popular among Hindus but also among non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as in parts of Europe and North America.

Celebrations, however, start with a Holika Pujan on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. This puja is a very significant part of the whole festival. Although it is usually associated with the bon-fire or Holika Dahan in the late pre-evening of Holi, it starts way before.

Focusing at the scientific importance of Holika Dahan, it is vital for cleansing the bacteria and germs generated in the mutation period of winter and spring. The high temperature while burning the woods i.e. almost 145 degrees Fahrenheit removes the harmful germs and bacteria from the atmosphere and also from our bodies when we revolve around it. It is the period when people feel lethargic and drowsy. Holi provides them the opportunity to wear off their laziness, by enjoying themselves thoroughly.

On this occasion, burning the Holika signifies an end to all the evil thoughts and getting rid of all the sins. Thus, at this time, if you ask for any good things while mother Holika is burning then they will come true. Various Indian cultures even consider it to be integral in the form of long-life of the husband and a prosperous married life. Not only this, the left over ashes from the dahan if collected by people on the next day constitutes of the actual holi-prasad and smearing it on limbs of the body purifies and heals them.

Thus apart from colors and fun filled-frolic celebrations, Holi and its traditions hold lot more for us.

The harvest festival of Lohri

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Sweetness of rewari, fragrance of popcorn, illumination of bon fire and musical traditions; the pompous Lohri is here. The festival of happiness and joy holds immense traditional and cultural values. It is widely celebrated among parts of North India on 13th January every year. On the eve of this festival people gather around a bon fire and celebrate while dancing and singing traditional songs. Some of the unknown facts about this beautiful festival are as follows:

  • People believe that this festival is named after wife of Sant Kabir, Loi. Whereas another tale suggests that Holika and Lohri were sisters.
  • The festival is dedicated to Sun God as it is the transition phase from winters to the warmth of springs.
  • This festival marks the beginning of the harvest season and is a way to adore God for successful harvest in the new season.
  • The festival of Lohri is often related to the legend of Dulla Bhatti who was a heroic character during the Mughal Empire. Lohri is celebrated in honor of Dulla Bhatti with folk songs describing his brave saga.
  • The new bride is like a blessing to the family, similar to this festival of success and prosperity. Therefore newlywed couple celebrate this festival with all their family and friends.
  • People light a large bonfire at sunset, toss sesame seeds, gur, sugar-candy and rewaries in it, sit round it, sing, and dance till the fire dies out.

 

Holika Pujan!

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Primarily observed in India or people of Indian origin, Holi- the festival colors and love is a widely celebrated spring festival. The festival, in recent times, has spread in parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic and colors. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has now become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities.

Dulhendi morning is a carnival of colors, where everyone plays, chases and colors each other with dry powder and colored water, with some carrying water guns and colored water-filled balloons. Today it doesn’t matter who you are a friend or a stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders, all are equal parties. The frolic and fight with colors occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings.

Celebrations, however, start with a Holika Pujan on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. This puja is a very significant part of the whole festival. Although it is usually associated with the bon-fire or th Holika dahan in the late pre-evening of Holi, it starts way before.

It was believed that Lord Vishnu killed Hirankashyap’s brother. To take revenge from Lord Vishnu, Hirankashyap asked his sister, Holika, to help him kill his own son, Prahalad, who was Vishnu’s disciple. Holika tried to burn Prahalad but in the process ended up being burnt in fire herself.

On this occasion, we burn holika and it signifies marking an end to all the evil thoughts and getting rid of all the sins. Thus, at this time, if you ask for any good things while mother holika is burning then they will come true.

In the villages of India, the dahan preparations start from about 40 days before the festival. These preparations involve collecting of woods and even the samagri and setting it up at important crossroads. Cities, however, now do not face such problems these days. With companies like Shubhpuja.com to do the essential chores varying from arrangement of the pundit to performing the most step-by-step and authenticated puja, little worries are left.

This puja can be performed in the following ways:

  1. A log of wood is kept at a prominent public place on the Vasant Panchami day.
  2. People extend the log centre with twigs, dried leaves, branches of trees and other combustible material.
  3. On the day of Holika Dahan, an effigy of Holika and Prahlad is placed on the huge heap of woods.
  4. Effigy of Holika is made of combustible material while Prahlad’s effigy is made of non-combustible material.
  5. 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.

 

Holi Puja is essential for married women in many ways. Various Indian cultures even consider it to be integral in the form of long-life of the husband and a prosperous married life. Not only this, the left over ashes from the dahan if collected by people on the next day constitutes of the actual holi-prasad and smearing it on limbs of the body purifies and heals them.

http://www.shubhpuja.com believes that all of this amazing purification and ultimate prosperity which comes with quite literally filling of colors in one’s life is what the festival of Holi is all about! Thus, we enable you live it a little more vivaciously.

We send you a qualified pandit trained in Hindu Shastras to conduct puja at Devotees preferred location (home, office etc.) and time (or muhurat time suggested by Shubhpuja) and ensure that Mother Holika grants her blessings during this puja to help you get rid of all your problems and pain, fulfill your wishes and achieve wealth, prosperity and money.

 

 

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