This year Holika Dahan will be on March 7 and Holi of colors will be on March 8. According to astrologers, Holika Dahan takes place during the Pradosh period on the day of Phalgun Purnima. The next day, Holi is played on Chaitra Krishna Pratipada.
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The full moon date of Phalgun month will start at 4.17 pm on Tuesday, March 6. The full moon date will end at 6.09 pm on Wednesday, March 7.
Both the days Pradosh Kaal will be on full moon date. In such a situation, people were confused whether to do Holika Dahan on March 6 or March 7. But this year, on the date of Holika Dahan, Bhadra will remain in the morning. Therefore, according to astrologers, the auspicious time for Holika Dahan will be from 6.24 pm to 8.51 pm on March 7.
According to the founder of Shiv Upasana Charitable Trust and Swami Rambhajan Van Maharaj of Niranjani Akhara, according to the Panchang, there is a Muhurta of 2 hours 27 minutes for Holika Dahan on March 7. Holika Puja and Dahan will be done during this period.
The festival of colors will be celebrated on the next day of Holika Dahan. According to Jyotishacharya Pandit Vijendra Dutt, Chaitra Krishna Pratipada Tithi is till 7.42 pm on March 8. It will be auspicious to play with colors during this period.
Jyotishacharya Pandit Vijendra Dutt says that according to the scriptures, his father Hiranyakashyap prepared his sister Holika to kill Prahlad, an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu, by burning him in the fire. Holika had a sheet, by covering which she was not affected by the fire.
Because of this, she took Prahlad and sat in the fire on Phalgun Purnima. By the grace of Lord Vishnu, devotee Prahlad was saved and Holika got burnt. Because of this Holika Dahan is done every year and Holi of colors is celebrated the next day.
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