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According to the Hindu calendar, Holi is celebrated on the last full moon day of the month of Phalgun. It falls in the month of February-March according to the English calendar. Holi indicates the end of the winter season. On this festival, people apply colors to each other and share happiness.
Holi is being celebrated on 9 March 2020 and will conclude on 10 March. The auspicious time to celebrate Holi is on March 9, 2020 from 18:22 to 20:49; while Dhulandi will be celebrated on 10 March.
Hiranyakashipu was a king in ancient India who lived his life like a demon. He used to worship himself every day to celebrate his power. One day his regular worship got him a boon. He wanted to avenge the death of his younger brother, who was killed by Lord Vishnu. After getting the boon, Hiranyakashyap started thinking of himself as God and asked people to worship him like a God. Hiranyakashyap had a son named Prahlada who was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu.
Prahlada never obeyed his father and continued to worship Lord Vishnu. Angered by this, Hiranyakaship decided to kill his own son. He told his sister Holika to take Prahlada in her lap and sit in the fire. Holika was immune to the fire and will not get burn in it. Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu sat in the fire with Prahlada. The king’s plan could not succeed because Prahlada kept taking the name of Lord Vishnu all the time and survived the fire. But Holika burnt to ashes. After this, Lord Vishnu killed Hiranyakashyap. Hence, the festival of holi is also an epitome of victory of good over evil.
Holi is also reminiscent of the love and romance that existed between Lord Krishna and Radha. There are many stories that tell about the various 'Ras-Leelas' that took place in the cities of Mathura and Vrindavan between Krishna and Radha during Holi. It is believed that on this day Lord Shiva destroyed Kamdev, the god of love.
Holika Dahan is done on the last day of Phalgun month i.e. Poornima and Holi is played with colors on the second day. This time the festival of Holi (Dhulandi) is on Tuesday, March 10.
For the worship of Holi, collect roli, raw cotton, rice, flowers, turmeric, betel leaves, and keep all the pooja items in a plate. Also keep a pitcher of water. After this, perform a mantra or worship by reaching the place of where Holika dahan will be observed.
First of all take the pledge by taking your name, father's name, gotra's name and meditate on Lord Ganesha. After that, devotees take the name of Prahlada and offer flowers. Now worship Panchopchar by meditating on Lord Narasimha.
Stand in front of Holi and join both your hands and pray for all the wishes to be granted, then offer turmeric quince with the, syrup and flower. Take raw cotton in hand and wrap it around Holika to do circumambulation.
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