Holi is one of the most popular festivals celebrated with different types of colours. The Holi festival is called with different names in different states of India. People from Punjab celebrate this day as Holla Moholla and Lath mar Holi in Braj. In West Bengal, it is termed as Boshonto Utsav where as in Bhojpur, it is called as Phagwa. Large number of people celebrates this day with water and dry colours. People throw balloons filled with colours and buckets full of coloured water on one another. Some special sweets like Gujhia are on high demand. The holi festival is celebrated in a traditional manner.
Puja on Holi festival
According to the Hindu rituals and various spiritual books, Puja on the eve of Holi is done all over the India in order to celebrate this Holi festival. On this auspicious day, puja is done for the sake of prosperity. It is believed that god gives us power and wealth too. One day before Holi, people burn fire and perform holika dehan. Puja time is fixed by the pandits as they consult Hindu panchang. It is believed that the puja must be performed in the appropriate time in order to get rid of any suffering or misfortune.
Samagri required in puja
Material used to perform this puja varies but according to the Hindu rituals, some of the main ingredients are as follows:
One bowl water, Akshat rice (These rice are not broken), beads made from cow dung, agarbatti or dhoop for fragrance, turmeric pieces, flowers, coconut, raw cotton thread, batasha as a sweet, gulal powder and unbroken lentils of moong. Freshly cultivated grains like gram and wheat can also be added. All the above material is placed in a thali before the puja starts.
Process followed on Holika Dehan puja
This puja is done at night depending upon the right time of the muhurat. From the last 40 days before this festival people start their preparation and it can be organized in any place may be outside your house on in an open place. A big log of wood is placed at a public place where puja is to be performed on the day of Vasant Panchami. Other materials like dried leaves, artificial swords and shields, branches of trees and twigs are placed along with log in order to extend the area at the centre. These idols of Prahalad and Holika are usually made of cow dung and placed at the top of the heap. Along with these two idols, four more beads made of cow dung or wood. The vary first bead is placed on the name of our ancestors, second is for Hanuman ji, third is for Goddess Sheetala and the fourth one is for our family.
Fire is enlightened with the mantras and people take their thali and do according to the mantra. At the same time, idols of prahalad and four beads made of cow are kept and placed at the safe side. The ashes left behind are collected on the next morning and people smeared it on their body.