Holika Dahan or the eve of Holi festival starts with a burning pyre signifying the lore of Prahlad also have some other significance which includes other reasons but the basis is one and only “victory of good over evil” and this is signified by burning a bonfire let’s see its process
Holi Pooja Process or Holika Dahan Process
The preparations for Holika Dahan begins almost 40 days before the day. People gather woods on the important crossroads of the city. Then Holi Pooja or Holika takes place on an auspicious time in the evening a day before the Holi festival. Given below are the steps and rituals for the Holi Pooja:
- Holi Pooja can be performed at any place.
- A log of wood is kept at a prominent public place on the Vasant Panchami day.
- People extend the log center with twigs, dried leaves, branches of trees and other combustible material.
- On the day of Holika Dahan, an effigy of Holika and Prahlad is placed on the huge heap of woods.
- Effigy of Holika is made of combustible material while Prahlad’s effigy is made of non-combustible material.
- 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.
- Left over ashes are collected by people next morning. These ashes are considered holy and are smeared on the limbs of the body as Holi Prasad.
- Smearing of body limbs is an act of purification.
This pooja is considered auspicious to women and Holi is the second popular festival of India and playing Holi using colors with the motto “Bura Naa mano Holi Hai” makes it more fun, in some places people also drink “Bhaang” which is an alternative of alcohol and it’s mixed with Thandai which makes it tasty as well as funny, so Happy Holi!