Holika Dahan 2023: Date, Shubh Muhurat, Rituals, History, and Significance
Holika Dahan 2023: Holi, the beautiful festival of colours will be celebrated on March 8, 2023, across the country, whereas Holika Dahan (Choti Holi) will be celebrated on March 7, 2023. The ceremony of Holika Dahan is an integral part of the festival. The people lit a bonfire the night before Holi, which is known as Holika Dahan, to commemorate the burning of Demoness Holika, who is the sister of demon king Hiranyakashipu. Learn about this year's shubh muhurat, the legend behind it, and its significance.
When is Holika Dahan (Choti Holi) 2023?
Holi is played on the next day of Holika Dahan. All religious rituals, including burning the effigy of the demoness Holika, are performed on the previous day of the Holi festival. It is observed on the day of the full moon of the Phalgun month. This year, Choti Holi will be celebrated on March 7, 2023.
Holika Dahan 2023: Shubh Muhurat
According to Drikpanchang,
Holika Dahan Shubh Muhurat: 06:24 PM to 08:51 PM (March 7, 2023)
Holika Dahan Duration: 2 hour 25 minutes
Purnima Tithi Begins: 04:17 PM on March 6, 2023
Purnima Tithi Ends: 06:09 PM on March 7, 2023
Let's Scroll through some tweets before moving ahead.
Let us celebrate Holika Dahan today. Essentially, this is an important festival in Hindu culture that symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. People can use this occasion to unite, pray together, and celebrate alongside their cherished ones. All best wishes for today🙏 pic.twitter.com/a1WbMT07ZW— Hema Malini (@dreamgirlhema) March 7, 2023
Happy Holi everyone!— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 7, 2023
Can you guess what's on my plate? 🍽️ pic.twitter.com/dV1UxVcc9M
What is the story behind Holika Dahan?
There are several Holi stories, but the most famous one is of Hiranyakashipu and Prahlada. He was a fervent devotee of Lord Vishnu. He was the son of the demon Hiranyakashipu. He was born and brought up under the guidance of the sage Narada. It was the time when Hiranyakashipu was busy pleasing Lord Brahma to gain immortality.
Hiranyakashipu was an enemy of Lord Vishnu and was highly against Prahlada's being a devotee of Lord Vishnu. Prahlada refused to obey Hiranyakashipu, and then he asked his sister Holika, a lady demon, to kill Prahlada. She had a divine shawl that was gifted by Lord Brahma to protect her from fire. To kill Prahlada, Holika made a plan. She lured Prahlada to the bonfire, but due to Lord Vishnu's grace, the divine shawl protected Prahlada instead of Holika.
It is believed that during the fire, Prahlada started chanting the name of Lord Vishnu. A gust of wind blew, blowing the shawl away from Holika. The Demoness Holika was burned to ashes in a huge bonfire. Due to the grace of Lord Vishnu and the divine shawl, Prahlada was unhurt.
Later, Lord Vishnu appeared on Earth to kill Hiranyakashipu in the form of Lord Narasimha to protect Prahlada. This is the reason that the Holi festival got its name from the legend of Holika. Therefore, the Holi bonfire is known as the Holika Dahan.
What is the significance of Holika Dahan?
Holi is a popular festival of colours and is played on the next day of Holika Dahan or Choti Holi. It is believed that doing Holika Puja on Holi bestows power, prosperity, and wealth. It is also believed that all types of fear can be conquered by doing Holika Puja on Holi. The festival is the victory of good over evil and also the triumph of a true devotee.
The celebration of Holi helps to unite the neighborhood and uphold the country's secular core. And the moral of the story says that good always triumphs over evil and that those who attempt torment the pious will be destroyed.