Tuesday, 26 March 2013

The true meaning of the festival of Holi....33913

The true meaning of the festival of Holi

If you want the festival of Holi to be a truly spiritual experience, then ideally, the preparation for this festival should start from Maha Shivaratri onwards, which is usually celebrated a couple of weeks or so before Holi. Contrary to what many believe, Holi is not simply about getting rid of the waste and negative from our lives and homes. In fact, the significance of Holi is much more than this. In Puarans, it is mentioned that people used to fix up the period between Holi to Diwali as a time for achieving and setting their goals and aims. This obviously meant that people, around this time, also started working on their shortcomings and weaknesses. Holi, in short, is a pledge day, when you accept and thus, take stock of your mistakes, and promise yourself to not repeat them. Holi is not about mindlessly throwing colours at others or shouting and creating nuisance, as many do, but is about uprooting the negativity from your life.

The legends associated with the festival of Holi

There are myriad legends associated with the festival of Holi, the most prominent one being the legend of Bhakta Prahalad and his cruel yet blessed father Hiranya Kashyap and aunt Holika. This legend goes to re-establish the eternal faith in God - the supreme power and the fact that whatever be the magnitude of sin, evil and depravity in the world, true reverence, devotion and faith always win.

As per Vedas, Dahan Kriya or the act of putting all the sin to fire, should be performed on the day of Holi. During this ritual, Rakshogaan mantras, as mentioned in the Rig Veda should be recited. This ritual can help one eradicate negativity and safeguard from ominous influences.

Besides, the holy fire of Holika should be worshipped with all the necessary ingredients. Also, the Pooja should be performed wholeheartedly, with complete devotion. With a correct recital of mantras, one may even be able to defeat the evil forces and negative vibes.

As per Puranas, there is another legend associated with Holi. It goes to say that Lord Shiva got furious, opened his third eye and incinerated Kaamdev, the Lord of Desire, on this day. Hence, many people celebrate this festival by burning some objects of desire, as a symbolic gesture of getting rid of carnal desires. Eight days, from the eighth day of the Falgun Shukla Paksha to the Full Moon Day (Purnima), are celebrated as Holashtak. It is advisable that no holy rituals are performed, and no auspicious projects/ assignments/ tasks are undertaken during those eight days.

Many devotees also worship Lord Hanuman on the day of Holi. It is said that if rice mixed with clarified butter (ghee) and/ or vermilion is offered to Lord Hanuman on this day, then all troubles, sadness and fears can be beaten.

Another religious belief is that ones who worship Lord Krishna with full concentration on the Full Moon day of the Falgun month go to heaven. That is the reason why people play Holi with Abir-Gulaal in Vridavan as well as at other Kirshna temples across the worlds.

Astrological Situation on the day of Holi 2013

The planetary combination that gets created on 26/03/2013, that is the day of Holi this year, at the time of sun-rise is as follows - Saturn and Rahu will be in combination, and Saturn shall also be in a retrograde motion. Moon will be in Purva Falguni constellation on that day. This combination is getting created after a mammoth period of 147 years. The same planetary combination had gotten created on April 15, 1865, the day on which Abraham Lincoln was killed. This similar combination shall once again get created in March-April 2218. In short, there was political uncertainty when this had gotten created in the 19th Century, and chances of the same are there now too.

Ganesha wishes all of you a very happy and safe Holi!
May you be able to fight and ward off all the negative energy!

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