History behind Choti Holi
Holi is one of the exciting festivals in India. People love it and we hope you too. Every festival has its own essence and holi too is celebrated for a reason. Before a day of Holi, we Indians celebrate choti holi just like choti diwali. Choti holi is also known as Holika Dahan. Holika Dahan, commonly known as Holika is celebrated in the northern states of the country. There are many stories about Holi which are mythological, spiritual and social.
It is also said that Holi ash collected from the fire at the end is put on Holi the foreheads to keep away evil. The name of this Vibhuti is Bhumi Hari. The tradition of offering wheat and oat in the Holika fire continues to this day.
Well, here is the story you need to know:
Holika was sister of King Hiranyakashyap. The king worshiped Lord Brahma for many years to become a great man. After long time, Lord Brahma was impressed with king Hiranyakashyap, and therefore, he blessed him. Lord Brahma granted wishes of the king. King Hiranyakashyap cannot be killed by human being or an animal. He will not die either in his home or outside the home, he will not die in the day or at night, he will not die either by astra or shastra (weapons)King Hiranyakashyap will not die either on land or in the sea or in the air.
This made the king immortal as the blessings saved him from being killed easily. King Hiranyakashyap started taking advantage of this and forced people in his kingdom to preach him as God. Everyone obeyed except his son, Prahlad who preached Lord Vishnu.
King Hiranyakashyap was angry with his son’s decision, and therefore, he decided to kill him. He called his sister, Holika to kill him after failing in several attempts. Holika was blessed with a gift, she could not be effected by fire which means she cannot burn in fire. The king planned to make his son, Prahlad. He asked Holika to sit on a bonfire and make Prahlad sit on her lap.
King Hiranyakashyap thought his son would burn but Prahlad kept chanting Lord Vishnu’s name. As a result his son Prahlad was saved from fire and Holika was burnt to death. This is the story of Holika Dahan. The death of Holika and Holika’s conflict signifies the win of good over evil. This is why Holi is celebrated next morning. The night before Holi, Holika is burnt. Several regions have different beliefs behind Holika’s story. Some believe Lord Vishnu saved Prahlad by covering him with Holika’s shawl. Few believe Lord Vishnu came in and saved Prahlad.
But whatever people believe conclusion is the same that is good wins over bad!
It is said the holi ash collected from the fire at the end is smeared as holy ash in the foreheads to keep away evil. The name of this Vibhuti is Bhumi Hari. The tradition of offering wheat and oat in the Holika fire continues to this day.
Holika Dahan Mahurat
Holika Dahan Muhurta = 18:23 to 20:23
Duration = 1 Hour 59 Mins
Bhadra Punchha = 04:11 to 05:23
Bhadra Mukha = 05:23 to 07:23