Today is Phalgun Purnima-a very auspicious day in our annual calendar.This evening, we will be celebrating Holika Dahan which is a one of the major part of Hindu religious festivals and occasion. Holika Dahan is the day of celebration which comes in the month of Falgun Purnima
(Photo of Holikadahan)
Bishwa Nath Singh:
This is the festival which celebrated during the festival time Holi. Holi is a colorful festival of India and has great importance for Hindus in particular in the Hindu Country of the world. Holika Dahan is a fire burning occasion which is a sign of the great love of lord Krishna and Radha. People organize a program of Holika Dahan to lighted fire on a place. They come on the place by bringing waste furniture, cloths and other wooden logs to burn the fire. They celebrate the day as a happiest moment of life because it is the day when God had descended on this holy earth from his heavenly abode to save His ardent disciple Prahalad and to destroy Hirankashyapu & His sister Holika both of the demons to eliminate their dreadful activities. Holika Dahan is a lighting of bonfire takes place during Holi. The legend goes that the Demon king Hiranyakashipu was able to suppress all this subjects and make them his devotees. All his citizens prayed to Hiranyakashipu and not to Vishnu. But Prahalad, the little son of Hiranyakashipu, prayed to Lord Vishnu. He tried all means to stop Prahalad from worshipping Vishnu but he failed.Hiranyakashipu then decided to kill his son. But each attempt to kill Prahalad was thwarted by Vishnu. Finally, the demon king took the help of his sister Holika. Fire could do nothing to her as she was immune to fire. So, she took young Prahalad and sat in a huge bowl of fire. But this time young Prahalad came out with any damage and Holika was burnt to death. The little boy Prahalad was able to overcome evil in the form of Holika through his unwavering devotion to Lord Vishnu. Usually, it is observed a day prior to Holi festival. Holika Dahan will be celebrated during this year only this evening ‘.e on Saturday of March 19,2011. The similar ritual in South India is known as Kamadahanam. Holika dahan or Holikotsav or Choti Holi signifies the victory of good over evil. It is mentioned in many Puranas and other Sacred holy epics.In Narada Purana, Holika Dahan is mentioned as the victory of Prahlada over his aunt demon Holika. As per Bhavishya Purana, a demon called Dhundhi was killed by a group of children whom he had troubled a lot. Hence, the festival of Holi is very much associated with children too.The best time to perform Holika Dahan and to celebrate Holikotsav is after Pradosh on March 19,2011 that will be around 10:15P.M as per Rishikesh Panchang.Holika Dahan, or burning of demon Holika, is an important event during Holi festival. On the night before Holi, people light fire with old things, sticks, branches and leaves. It symbolizes the victory of good over evil. The bonfire can also be interpreted as a cleansing ceremony to assure in Holi festival.