Auspicious Mahurat for Holi 2017

Auspicious Mahurat for Holi 2017

Rightly known as the festival of colours, Holi is the festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm all over India. It is celebrated as one of the major Indian festivals and people not only among Hindus but also among non-Hindus in Asia as well as communities outside Asia. The festival lasts for two days beginning on Purnima. This is the full moon day and falls in the month of Falgun. The first day is known as the Holika Dahan day or Choti Holi and the next day is known as Rangwali Holi or Dhulandi.

Significance of the festival

The festival arrives in the spring season and is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil. The significance of the festival dates back to the story of Prahlad who was the son of a demon named Hiranyakashyap. This powerful demon believed to be the mist strong and mighty and thought that he was the supreme person on the planet. He even considered God to be less than himself and hence did not believe in God. However, his son believed a lot in lord Vishnu and due to this reason his father disliked him a lot. In fact, such wad his dislike for him that he went down to the extent of getting him killed through his sister Holika. His sister Holika was blessed with the power of not getting burnt from the fire. Therefore she used her power and sat with Prahlad in the fire. However, she got burnt and nothing happened to the devotee of Lord Vishnu.

From that day, people have been celebrating Holi to mark the victory of goodness. It is even said that the name Holi has been kept after the name of Holika. People get together on the first day of Holi and sit in front of the bonfire and perform religious rituals. The next day, they play with colours and water and offer sweets and various eateries to each other.

The festival is symbolic of the end of winter season and arrival of spring. Also, it is a festival of repairing broken relationships.

Auspicious time to celebrate Holi this year

This year the most suitable time to celebrate Holi with your loved ones is given as follows:

The date for Holika Dahan is 12th march, 2017. That is a Sunday.

The complete duration of the ritual would be 2 hours. Dahan would start from 6:23 pm in the evening and would last till 8:23 pm.

Bhadra and Purnima determine the timings of the Holika Dahan.The ritual is never performed during Bhadra as it leads to suffering and bad luck. It is only performed during Pradosha during Purnima tithi. Once the Bhadra gets over, the ritual should be performed. Let us have a look at the Bhadra timings this year:

Bhadra timings-4:11-5:23 am

Bhadra mukha-5:23-7:23 am.

Rangwali Holi on 13th, March

Just take note of these timings and enjoy the colourful season. Here’s wishing you a very Happy Holi in advance!! Have a happy and safe Holi.

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