Holi is a very traditional festival of India and people celebrate this festival with full enthusiasm. It is celebrated on the day of fhalgun purnima according to Hindu calendar. Holi pooja is done on the day before holi festival. This day is called as ‘choti holi’ and pooja is called as ‘Holika Dahan’. Holi is the day of celebrations and colors, so there is no tradition of any special pooja to be performed on this day. Holika Dahan is considered to be the major holi pooja on the festival of holi. Holika Dahan is the lightning of bonfires to celebrate the victory of good over evil.

Rituals of Holi and Holi pooja process:

Preparations of holi pooja start almost 40 days before the holi festival. Gathering of wood is done by people and they throw these pieces of wood on every crossroad of the city. This pooja of Holika Dahan takes place on the evening of ‘choti holi’. People do this pooja very traditionally and with complete faith in God.

Here are some important steps of holi pooja:
  1. Holi can be performed on any crossroad of the city.
  2. On the day of vasant panchami, a log of wood is kept on these crossroads.
  3. To covert this log into a large heap, people throw twigs, branches of tress, dry leaves and so many other combustible materials on this log.
  4. On the day of holi pooja, people place statues of Holika and Prahlad on the top of this heap.
  5. Statue of Holika is made of combustible material while statue of Prahlad is made of non-flammable material.
  6. On the evening of ‘choti holi’, this heap is set to fire and people sing Rakshoghna mantra of Rig Veda to keep away evil spirits.
  7. On the next morning, people collect the remaining ashes of holika dahan as these ashes are considered to be Prasad of holi festival.

In different communities, holi pooja is done in different manner. For example, in Marwari community, women perform (more…)

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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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