Women perform rituals around 'Holika' ahead of Holika Dahan on the eve of Holi. Image Source: IANS

February 24 : On March 9, 2020, the auspicious festival of Holika Dahan 2020 will be celebrated. Under the blessing of Lord Vishnu, this ritualistic festival will commemorate the death of a demon named as Holika. The day is also called as Kamadu Pyre, Holika Deepak, and Choti Holi, and Hindu devotees celebrate this festival one day before the festival of colors – Holi 2020 . The day signifies the victory of good over the evil forces.

As per the Hindu scriptures, the Holika Dahan rituals have to be performed just before sunset (during Pradosh Kaal), and while the Purnimasi Tithi prevails. But it should be remembered that no auspicious work should be done during Bhadra timings. During Pradosh Kaal, bonfires are lit and Lord Vishnu is worshipped, but this should not be done during the Bhadra Tithi.

The Holika Dahan Puja Muhurat Timings

Sunrise: March 9, 2020, 06:30 am
Sunset: March 9, 2020 06:30 pm

Purnima Tithi will begin by March 9, 2020, 03:04 am and end by March 9, 2020, 11:17 pm
Holika Dahan Muhurta extends between March 09, 06:30 pm until March 09, 08:56 pm
Bhadra Mukha Time extends between March 09, 10:39 am until March 09, 12:20 pm
Bhadra Punchha Time extends between March 09, 09:38 am until March 09, 10:39 am

Additional Information: The above panchang is generated for Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. To change the date and place, go to Panchang

Significance of Holika Dahan

On Holika, people burn the effigy of the demon Holika, as it symbolizes that evil can be cast away from our lives. By burning, the negative energies and diseases on one’s family will be taken away. They offer prayers to Lord Vishnu in order to be blessed with prosperity and good health.

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