Holika Dahan - victory of the good over evil.
‘Holika Dahan’ is the festival often called as ‘Choti Holi’ also. This festival is celebrated in the Hindu month Phalguna that falls in the month of March – April as per the Georgian Calender. This festival is associated with the victory of the good over evil.
There is a very exciting saga behind it:
Once there was the dominating king Hiranyakashyapu who got the boon from Lord VishnuVishnu
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Since then, each year, the bonfire has been burnt, and special prayers are offered by the devotees.
How to offer special prayer on the eve of Holika Dahan
Preparation starts from the morning for special prayers to be offered in the night.
There is the need to collect all the items in the morning
Items required for the prayer:
- A Plate
- An earthen lamp filled with pure oil.
- Incense Sticks (Aggarbatti).
- Few Flowers (Phool)
- Sandal Wood Paste (Chandan)
- Ashwagandha: Mixture of eight fragrant herbs (Chandan, Kesar, Bhimseni Camphor, Heena, Agar, Tulsi, Bel, and Durva)
- Dry coconut and sweets
- Unbroken raw rice (Ashwagandha)
- A glass of water
- Mung Lentil
- Few pieces of the Dry turmeric
- Raw yarn (soot ki kookdi) – 2 small spindle in nos.
- Badkula garland or Gulari (garland made of cow dung) minimum 5 in nos.
- Grains (barley, green chana.)
In the evening, there is the need to leave four Badkula garlands at home in the name of HanumanHanuman
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After reaching the place where bonfire would burn, there is the requirement to perform the following rituals:
- Light the Earthen Lamp and Incense Sticks.
- Worship Ganesha
- Take rice, flowers in your hand while Chanting mantra (OM it is a sacred sound, which is meditated upon and considered as a spiritual icon by Hindus, Jains and Buddhists. It is the primordial sound which is considered infinite, all encompassing, the truth of existence, the ultimate reality of the universe, the cause of life and the ultimate reality of being. It is the finest essence of life which helps in gaining the knowledge of self and the universe. Gan Ganpataye Namah).
- Offer Prayer to Ganpati to complete your prayers hassle free for the prayers.
- Place Earthern Lamp in plate and move in front of the idol of the Ganesha
- Mark the line (Tilak) from Chandana and Ashwagandha
- Offer sweets, coconut, and water to him.
In the end, worship Holika because she was a demon, but had done severe penance. There is the believe that she could save from the demons and can give the boon for the prosperity, wealth and power for you.
- Place sticks in the form of a pyramid symbolize Holika.
- Circumambulate and tie one spindle of raw yarn around Holika. (Keep one raw yarn spindle in your plate to take it to your home).
- Offer rice, flour, sweets, coconut, turmeric pieces, Moong Lentils and badkula to Holika
- Empty your glass of water in front of Holika.
- Roast the grains in the bonfire and take them to your home. Distribute it among family members as Prasad. It is the sacred food that is distributed after an auspicious event or day after offering it to the Gods Show the remaining raw yarn spindle to the bonfire and take back to your home. Also, pick some fire from bonfire (burning Holi) and take it to your home.
After that, all family members put Tilak (Long mark made from vermilion) on the forehead and get the blessings of elders.
This way generalized way of Holi Puja It is a prayer ritual performed to make offerings, honoring, evoking or worshipping gods. The ceremony can also be performed to pay homage to the beloved ones who are deadperformed at many places. However, there can be certain variations from place to place.
Next day is ‘Holi Dulandi’ or ‘Main Holi’ or ‘Colorful Holi’. People get early in the morning. After taking the bath, offer water to the deceased ancestors. After that, smear the remnant ash of the pyre of Holika. There is the believe that if one smear the ash would get free from obstacles. Many people in villages clean the floor with cow dung and make colorful geometrical designs to get blessed with long life, good health, and fulfillment of all their desires. After that, put the Tilak on the Holi color on the forehead of the idols of KrishnaKrishna
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There is again interesting saga behind this ritual:
According to Hindu Mythology, It is believed that Krishna, a manifestation of Lord Vishnu, liked to play Holi by drenching his friends into color and water especially his beloved Radha.