When is Choti Holi / Holika Dahan- Time, Date , Puja vidhi and remedies to follow …

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Wishing you all a very beautiful and fun filled Holi…!!..
Choti Holi falls on the 7th March 2023..followed by Rangwali Holi the next day i.e. on the 8th of march 2023 ..
Holika Dahan is done on Choti Holi day and is considered very significant in nullifying negative energies and blockages from one’s life. According to the legend,  it is believed that Bhakt Prahlad ( a devotee of Lord Vishnu) was humiliated time and again by his father – the demon king , Hiranyakashipu, who considered himself to be no less than God. His sister Holika had a boon from Lord of Fire that she will never get burnt in fire. Inspite of many attempts to kill Prahlad , when nothing happened then Hriyankashipu along with his sister planted to burn Prahlad in the pyre of woods. On the Full moon night , Holika with Prahlad on her lap sat on the pyre and the fire was lit but died in the flames of fire whereas Prahlad came out unscathed as all he did was kept chanting the name of Lord Vishnu.
Lighting the pyre of wood on Choti Holi is very auspicious as it helps in burning away all the negative energies of one’s life.

According to Hindu scriptures Holika Dahan, which is also known as  Chhoti Holi, should be done during Pradosh Kaal (the twilight time , that starts immediately after sunset) . The first preferable time is when Purnimasi Tithi is prevailing during Pradosh time and Bhadra period is not there. Bhadra prevails during first half of Purnimasi Tithi and all good work should be avoided during Bhadra Mukha period.

Since Bhadra is prevailing early morning on 7th March… Holika Dahan will be performed on the 7th March evening Pradosh kaal time.

On 7th March 2023 : 
Holika Dahan Muhurta = 6:24 pm – 8:51 pm
Duration = 2 hours 27 minutes
Purnima Tithi 4:17 pm ( 6th March)-  6:09 pm ( 7th March ) 
Bhadra Punchha – 12:43 AM to 02:01 AM
Bhadra Mukha – 02:01 AM to 04:11 AM
Holika Dahan during Pradosh without Udaya Vyapini Purnima
# 1:
Take a coconut which has brown fibers in the outside and has water in it. Now take a black thread which is equal to your height. wrap the thread around the coconut and tie it. After that rotate it anti clockwise ( from left hand side to right hand side of the person whose utara or energy cleansing it being done). This has to be done seven times as these 7 anti clockwise rotation represents the cleansing of the 7 main chakras of the person.
After that , throw it in Holika bonfire . take seven circles of the holiday clockwise, bow to the Divine and mentally pray that all your negatives are absorbed in the coconut and is destroyed in the fire , the energy is transmuted to positive energy and for your highest good.
You should do this for each member of your family , as any kind of blockages in life, psychic attacks, evil eye (Nazar dosh) all get destroyed in the fire…
# 2
Make a paste of wheat flour and mustard oil and apply it on your body, scrub this paste on your body and collect the scrub that was rubbed in the body, keep it on  a paper and fold it. while scrubbing this paste mentally pray that you are releasing all your blockages, negative karmas through this scrub and it is being released from your Mind, Body and Soul..
Throw this paper on the Holika fire and seek the Divine blessings to protect you in your life from any health issues and negative impacts , blockages in life..
Take a glass filled with water , put some turmeric powder in it and also apply turmeric paste on your forehead. Move around the Holika logs seven times clockwise mentally chanting Lord Vishnu’s mantra ” Aum Nano Bhagaate Vasudevaay”. AS you finish the last circle , pour the water near Holika , mentally praying to Lord Narayan that the problems in your life should also get expiated.
On a beetle leaf , place one camphor tablet, one clove, one sweet, and pour some Ghee on it. offer this on Holika Logs as an offering to the Divine Supreme to protect one from any negative in the world.
Donating 7 Types of grains ( Sapt-Anaaja Daan ) brings peace and prosperity in one’s life..
The next day or late at night , take the ashes from the Holika fire remnant and apply it as ‘Teeka’ on forehead of each member of the family. This ash is very purified and has powerful manifestations in life and helps in protecting the person who puts it on his forehead and spreads it in his/her house. This also helps in releasing health issues of a person…
The next day , is Rangwali Holi i.e. Holi played with colors…
In the morning , offer  dry colors, sandal wood paste , ashtgandh paste, flowers to the Divine Supreme and all the Gods and Goddesses, your Isht Devi / Devtas … Offer sweets , gujiyas , green cardamom, cloves, jaggery , Pua’s to the Divine

Offering Holi colours to Radha – Krishna blesses one with Divine eternal love and happiness in life … and then apply Holy Teeka to each member of the family… 

Use organic and natural colors , also playing hold with sandal wood paste , Multani mud, coolers made from flowers and fruits can bring immense joy and radiance in your life..
In the evening , one wears new clothes and offers a little color on the feet of al the elders of the family and seeks their blessings… This is how the festival culminates…
Holi is a festival of love and joy.. it is believed that even the worst of enemies forget their enmity and play Holi with each other forgetting their enmity… By doing this , the entire coming year is blessed with Love and Light for the people who participate in the celebration…
Have a blessed Holi ..!!
Nandita Pandey
Astro-Tarotloger, Spiritual Scholar- Guide
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