Holika Dahan symbolises the victory of good over evil and is Celebrated a day before the rangwali Holi.
The night before Holi, people make Holika pyres made of wood and cow dung and burn it and pray to God,
For fulfillment of their wishes pyres made of wood and cow dung and are burnt in North India, Nepal and parts of South India in keeping with this tradition.
The youth playfully steal all sorts of things and put them in Holika pyre. In some parts of India the day is actually called Holika Dahan.
Holika Dahan is observed on the full moon day of Hindu month Falgun. This year, the Holika dahan will be held on Thursday 17th March 2022, Holika Dahan muhurta 9.06 pm to 10.16pm
The root of celebration of Holika Dahan is in the legend of Lord Vishnu’s devotee, Prahlad and his demon father, Hiranyakshyap. It is from this story we got the name of this festival ‘Holika Dahan’
The legend says, once lived a devil and powerful king, Hiranyakshyap who considered himself,
A God and wanted everybody to worship him and who considered Lord Vishnu his mortal enemy as the latter had taken the Varaha avatar to kill his elder brother Hiranyaksha.
His son, Prahlad was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu As per Hindu texts, there was a boy named Prahlada born to demon king Hiranyakashipu and his wife, Kayadu.
While the little boy was in his mother’s womb, he heard about the Lord Vishnu and his supreme power through Saga Narada.
As the boy was born and grew a little older, he started worshipping Lord Vishnu. This didn’t go down well with his father, and he tried multiple ways to kill his own son.
For unversed, King Hiranyakashipu had a vardan that made him invincible.
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