Why do we celebrate Holi? Science Behind colour play

Jai Shree Krishna, Holi festival, Holika Dahan and Colour play

Holi – the festival of colors, love and brotherhood, it marks the blooming of spring and a final goodbye to the winter season.

Importance and Significance of Holi (Dhuleti) Related to Holi.

#1 Bhakta Prahlad and HiranyaKashyap

Bhakta Prahalad and his father Hiranya Kashyap and aunt Holika (who were cruel yet blessed). This story re-establishes our eternal faith in Bhagvan without fear and have faith in the supreme power. It throws light on the fact that truth, devotion, and faith always win whatever may be the extremity of sin, evil and wickedness in the world.

#2 Shiva’s Wrath Against Kaamdev

Kaamdev – the Lord of Love and Desire, Bhagvan Shiv incinerated Kaamdev on this day. Therefore, devotees celebrate it by burning objects of desire as a symbolic gesture of getting rid of carnal desires. From the eighth day of the Falgun Shukla Paksha to the Full Moon Day (Purnima) for eight days, Holashtak is observed. During these periods, no holy rituals are performed, and no auspicious projects/ assignments/ tasks are undertaken.

After the end of Holashtak, the auspicious period begins.

#3  Hanuman ji and Holi

On the day of Holi, Hanuman ji is also worshipped by a devotees. People believe that if rice with clarified butter (ghee) or vermilion is presented to Hanuman ji , all the life struggles, problems, troubles and threats can be dissolved.

Importance Of Holi Puja: Holika Sthapana Rituals and Puja Samagri (materials)

On this auspicious day, it is believed that all sorts of negativity and fear can be conquered by performing Holika Puja on Holi. Holika Puja bestows power, wealth and prosperity. And Gain Success in your life.

Have you ever thought that there could be any scientific reason behind the festivals we celebrate? Here, I intend to trace the science behind the festival of Holi. Let’s explore- India and Asia normally go through the transition phase of winter and summer. And Africa go through from Summer to winter the period induces the growth of bacteria in the atmosphere as well as in the body. When Holika is burnt, temperature of the nearby area raises around 50-60 degree Celsius. Following the tradition when people perform Parikrama (go around the bonfire/pyre), the heat coming from the bonfire kills the bacteria in the body and cleanses it.

In some parts of the country, after Holika Dahan (burning of Holika) people put ash on their forehead and also mix Chandan (paste of sandal wood) with the young leaves and flowers of the Mango tree and consume. It is believed to promote good health.

This is the time, when people get the feeling of tardiness. This is quite natural for the body to experiences some tardiness because of change in weather , To counter this laziness, people sing Songs (Phag, Jogira etc.) with Dhol, Manjira and other traditional instruments. This helps in rejuvenating the human body. Their physical movement while playing with colours also helps in the process. Colours play vital role in fitness of human body. Deficiency of a particular colour could cause an ailment and can be cured when that colour element is supplemented either through diet or medicine. In ancient times, when people started playing Holi, the colours used by them were made from natural sources like turmeric, Neem, Palash (Tesu) etc. The playful pouring and throwing of colour powders made from these natural sources has a healing effect on the human body. It has the effect of strengthening the ions in the body and adds health and beauty to it.

Now a day, market is mostly flooded with synthetic colours and herbal colours are not available in adequate quantity. Synthetic Colours are also cheap and people feel we have to pour this on others and not on ourselves, hence they opt for it. But they forget one thing that everybody thinks in the same way and others also pour you with same synthetic colours. The synthetic colours available in the market comprises of toxic components such as lead oxide, diesel, chromium iodine and copper sulphate which lead to rashes on the skin, allergies, pigmentation, frizzy hair and eye irritation. In extreme cases, it can cause serious skin diseases and clogging of hair cuticles resulting in severe hair damage, therefore stay away from synthetic colour and use natural colour.

Holi and Astrology remedies.

Yes, you can make holika dahan as bring success and prosperity in your life by offering special ingredients    Don’t underestimate holika dahan. It is a very important process and scholars use this day to overcome from many serious problems of life.  

Simple offering to do in Holy fire(holika) for Success:

  • Arise- yellow mustard seeds and masoor dal (pink lentil)
  • Tauras- green mug and camphor
  • Gemini- beetle leave- sugar and copper coin
  • Cancer- rice-milk-and silver coin
  • Leo- cow dung –chana dal—turmeric stick
  • Virgo- sugarcane juice – honey- and white material
  • Libra- coconut – Chana- pink flowers
  • Scorpio—red material- masoor dal- clove
  • Sagittarius– turmeric stick- chanadal- and banana
  • Capricorn—black sesame seeds- used iron nail- sandalwood –
  • Aquarius—beetle leaves- mango leaves – peepal leaves and turmeric stick
  • Pieces — blue material – blue beery- mango- and rice.

Note: After offering the things you have to make 05 rounds  of the holy fire by keeping your wish in your mind. if you do this process with trust and faith hold success will be at your door.

Guruji Gopal Vyas- East London Hindu Mandir, South Africa.

Holi Explanation

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