Holika Dahan also known as Holika Deepak or Chhoti Holi is a ceremony of lighting of bonfire in the evening of the holi day.
Holika dahan celebrates the Holika death and Prahlad safety and signifies the victory of good over evil.
The ritual of Holika Dahan hold religious importance hence it must be performed in auspicious muhurat.
In fact choosing of collect Muhurta for Holika Dahan is more important than choosing right Muhurta for any other festivals. Because in case of other festivals if puja is not performed at appropriate time then you don’t get any benefit from the puja but in case of holika dahan, if done at wrong time it would bring suffering and misfortune.
Holika Dahan 2018 Auspicious Muhurat Timing :
In 2018, Holika Dahan ceremony will be performed on Thursday, 1st March 2018.
Holika Dahan Auspicious Muhurta : 18:40 to 21:08 hrs IST.
Time to be avoided for Holika Dahan : Bhadra Mukha from 16:58 to 18:45 hrs IST.
In no circumstance, Holika Dahan should be done in Bhadra Mukha. Doing so brings bad luck for the whole year not only for individuals but for whole city and country.
Holika Dahan Puja Vidhi :
People burn the holika dahan bonfire during the auspicious muhurat and then singh and dance around the bonfire.
People also perform parikrama of the fire. People believe that by performing this parikrama all their problems will go burnt.
Many people roast the “Jau” (barley grain) in the fire of Holika and bring them to their home for the goodness of the family members.