Holi 2017: Holika Dahan timings

Mumbai: Holi is just around the corner and it’s time to get drenched in the colours of love, compassion and oneness. People who celebrate this festival are eagerly looking forward to the thirteenth day of March to make the most of the vibrant and joyous festival.

But before the festivities begin, one must pay ode to the Almighty to thank him and seek his blessings. Holika Dahan is a ritual performed on the eve of Holi.

Going by the Hindu Lunar calendar, Holika Dahan concurs with the full moon day in the month of Phalguna, a day which is called Phalguna Purnima.

People in the neighbourhood collectively organise a bonfire (referred to as the Holika Dahan) to mark the victory of good over the evil. The Dahan is usually performed during the Pradosh Kaal (which starts after sunset) while Purnimasi Tithi is prevailing.

There is a legend associated with the tradition of Holika Dahan. The pristine devotion of a young boy named Prahalada succeeds in annihilating the powers of his aunt Holika who attempts to kill him on her brother Hiranyakashyapu’s behest.

People offer water, turmeric, coconut to the bonfire and seek blessings for a joyous life. (The offerings may vary from region to region).

According to drikpanchang.com, Purnima Tithi Begins at 20:23 on March 11 and end at 20:23 on March 12.

The Holika Dahan Muhurta starts at 18:29 PM to 20:23 PM and the duration is 1 hour 53 minutes.

Here’s wishing one and all a very happy Holi.

Sources: zeenews.india.com

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