This auspicious festival of Holi is celebrated for two days. Pooja is performed on the first day of this festival. This Pooja is also known as Holika Dahan. Holi has it historical significance and celebrated in India as a festival of colors. The next day is meant to celebrate with colors and water. The Pooja is performed in the form of lighting born fires and celebrates well over bad.

Pooja Process of Holi Festival :

People start preparing before forty days and start gathering wooden blocks. This pooja is done a day before in the evening by taking “Pradakshinas” of the bonfire. This is a ritual of placing a wooden block on a specific place on the day of Vasant Panchami. The wooden

Holi Pooja Process

Holi Pooja Process

piece is expanded with more logs and tree leaves and twigs. Then the statues of Holika and Prahlad are placed which signifies historical background. As per the Indian history Holika wanted to kill Prahlad with the help of fire.

She placed Prahlad on her lap and sat in a bon fire. She was given a boon by a fire good that she would never be hurt or destroyed by fire. But Prahlad being an honest and a humble boy was saved by the fire god destroying Holika. This reason gave birth of a new festival known as holi.

People all over India celebrate holi and chant an auspicious shloka known as Rakshaghana from an ancient Veda to be away from evil spirits.

Once the bonfire is over people collect the ashes of it and believe it to be holy and continue celebrating this promising festival of colors. This festival is celebrated in different ways at different places.

Marvadi women celebrate this holi pooja differently known as Thandi Pooja and is known very auspicious especially for married women. The whole process of celebrating holi is a fun and holds a cultural significance amongst people of different religions and culture.

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