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Holika Dahan

Holika Dahan- A divine festival for Lord Vishnu
Holika Dahan is celebrated by paying sincere prayers and devotion to Lord Vishnu. On this day, Lord Vishnu protected her ardent devotee Prahlada from the external world’s wrath. Holika Dahan celebrates the limitless powers and supreme aura of the imperial Lord Vishnu.

Significance of Holika Dahan
Holika Dahan is an important festival in Hindu cosmology. It is observed on the full moon day or the Poornima tithi of the Phalguna month. This festival signifies the ultimate victory of good over evil. Once there was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu called Prahlada. He was such a dedicated follower of Vishnu that it troubled his father, Hiranyukashyap. Hiranyukashyap considered himself the most superior and wanted everyone to worship him. But his son ditched him and worshipped Lord Vishnu with great dedication and devotion. Hiranyukashyap took the help of her sister Holika and asked her to kill Prahlad. Holika has the superpower that fire can cause no harm to her. She sat on fire with Prahlad in her lap. But, Lord Vishnu used his powers to save Prahlad and eventually burned Holika. 

How to celebrate Holika Dahan?
Holika Dahan is celebrated by lighting a bonfire representing the end of asuri or demoness Holika. Devotees also take a parikrama around the bonfire. The sacred bonfire is lit after sunset. The burning of woods or effigy of Holika demonstrates the end of evil or negativity and the victory of good. They pray to Lord Vishnu to bring abundance and peace to their life. After lighting the bonfire, devotees take rounds or perform parikrama around the holy fire. The celebrations of Holi or applying colours also begin on Holika Dahan. 

Boons of celebrating Holika Dahan
Here are a few notable benefits of celebrating Holika Dahan-

  • ● Holika Dahan brings the blessings of Lord Vishnu in life.
  • ● It removes evil or negative energies from a devotee's life.
  • ● The festival greets devotees with a serene and optimistic aura.
  • ● The festival fulfils life with peace, glory and abundance.
  • ● The festivity brings stability and success in life.

If you wish to seek all the above windfalls, celebrate Holika Dahan in a pompous way. We are known to bestow great spiritual assistance in the Vedic realm. If you wish to know more about this festival, then get in touch with us. We will guide you on the right tithis, rituals and other Vedic practices to celebrate the beautiful occasion of Holika Dahan appropriately.