Holi 2017 will be celebrated on March 12 this year, with Rang Panchami being marked on March 13. This is a Hindu festival celebrated with a lot of happiness and love. The term ‘Holi’ has been derived from ‘Holika’ – the evil sister of demon king Hiranyakashyap. This is a spring festival celebrated by Hindus all across the globe, welcoming the Full Moon of Phalgun month. Holi is celebrated for two days. On the first day, there is Holika Dahan and on the next day there is Dhuleti, Dhulandi or Dhulivandan, also known as Rang Panchami wherein people play with colours. Holika Dahan is marked on March 12 this year. This first day of the festival is also known as Chhoti Holi or Holika Deepak. Holika Dahan is a religious ceremony wherein devotees offer ‘jau’ or barley in the fire or wheat and gram, and pray for the well-being of their loved ones. They also offer to the fire cakes of cow dung or upale, roli, turmeric, rice, moong lentil, coconut and some water. For the prasad we have batasha (sweet) and the puja takes place with some flowers, incense sticks and gulaal colour. (Holi Recipes 2017: Gujia, Puran Poli, Malpua, Bhaang ki Pakori – Top 15 easy-to-make authentic recipes for Holi)

There is a famous mythological story that talks about the demon king Hiranyakashyap or Hiranyakashipu who had a lot of powers and a boon of immortality. He wanted everyone to worship him, but his son Prahlad was a devotee of Lord Vishnu. The wicked King thought of killing his son Prahlad and told his sister Holika to enter a blazing bonfire with Prahlad in her lap, as Holika was blessed with an extraordinary power wherein she could protect herself from the fire while the child would be burnt to death. As Prahlad was a devotee of Lord Vishnu, the Lord himself came to the child’s rescue and Holika was burnt in the fire. Vishnu later killed Hiranyakashyap. Thus, a bonfire is created on the first day of Holi to mark the Holika Dahan and Prahlad’s triumph. (Holi 2017 Date, Significance & Importance: When is Holi 2017? Why is Holi celebrated?)

Here are the auspicious timings to perform the Puja on Holika Dahan for Holi 2017:

Holika Dahan Muhurta = 18:43 to 20:23
Bhadra Punchha = 04:11 to 05:23
Bhadra Mukha = 05:23 to 07:23.

Rang Panchami Holi on March 13

Purnima Tithi Begins = 20:23 on March 13, 2017
Purnima Tithi Ends = 20:23 on March 13, 2017.

The complete muhurat for Holi 2017 puja is just for two hours, from 06:43 pm to 08:23 pm. Happy Holi to everyone and we hope this auspicious festival brings good fortune in your life. Stay happy, stay blessed!