Holi Festival 2021: India is the land of festivals and Holi is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Hindus all over India and overseas. Today we will tell our readers about the festival of Holi – when and how Holi is celebrated and will make them aware of its historical significance, rituals performed on Holi, and many other details, which will be an eye-opener for them.
What Is Holi Festival?
Holi is known as the festival of colours as well as the festival of the Spring season. It is one of the most popular Hindu festival celebrated by people across all states in India, regardless of caste and creed people come together and celebrate.
About Evil Holika on Holi 2021
The word Holi is derived from the word “Holika“, who was the sister of King Hiranyakashipu. This festival is celebrated in remembrance of the victory of good over evil, i.e. on the next day after Holika was burnt on a pyre.
Holi 2021 Date in India
According to the Hindu calendar, Holi is celebrated on the last full moon day or Poornima of the month of Falgun. This year Holi festival is falling on March 29, 2021, and the day before Holika Dahan on March 28, 2021.
The Story Behind Holi: Why It Is Celebrated?
Prahalad was the son of Hiranyakashipu (the evil demon king) and Kayadu. Hiranyakashipu was granted a boon by Lord Brahma that he could not be killed by anyone whether a man or an animal, neither during the day time nor at night; neither from anything born from the living womb; neither on land nor in the water / the air; neither outdoors nor indoors, not even with any man-made weapons. Thus, Hiranyakashipu considered himself to be an eternal God. His son Prahalad was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. He used to mistreat his son and commanded Prahlad to worship him instead of Lord Vishnu.
As Prahlad did not follow his father’s orders and continued to worship Lord Vishnu, the evil king Hiranyakashipu made a plan along with his sister Holika to kill Prahlad. As Holika had a sheet that could not be burnt by fire, they made a plan to kill Prahalad by making him sit on a pyre. As per the plan, Holika would sit on the pyre covered with that sheet with Prahlad in her lap with the intention that Prahalad would be burnt and she would come out alive, as the fire will not affect her inside the sheet. Surprisingly, the opposite happened. God blew strong wind there that made that sheet cover Prahalad instead. Holika was burnt to ashes and Prahalad remained safe and unhurt. Since then the tradition of celebrating Holika Dahan began, and to date, people are celebrating the same to commemorate the victory of good over evil.
Holi Is a Festival With Different Names
Holi is celebrated with different names across the country like Dulhendi in the northern part of India, Dol Jatra or Dol Poornima in Orissa and Bengal and Fagwah in Assam.
Holi 2021: Festival of Holi and Its Rituals
Holi is celebrated for two days. The festival begins on the night of the full moon, where people light a bonfire and gather around it. This ritual is celebrated to remember the destruction of Holika, and people also have a false belief that lighting a fire will wipe off the bad and evil thoughts from the environment and from their lives too.
Which Is the True Practice That Can Cleanse Away Bad Thoughts and Evil Spirits From Lives?
It is mentioned in Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 4 Verse 25 to 30, that devotees perform different types of acts like Havan (sacrificial fire), meditation, fasting, pranayam, charity and austerity. All these are self-made ways of garnering good karma but are not supported by shastras. None of such acts can help in eliminating the sins of past life or this life, and they have to be borne throughout one’s life if they keep doing bhakti against scriptures.
Great Spiritual Saint Rampal ji Maharaj has rightly explained in His Spiritual Discourses that when a pious soul understands the importance and power of True bhakti of Supreme God, and after taking initiation from a True Tatvadarshi Guru, and after the given Mantra chants are performed as per the proven three-way method mentioned in shastras, then all the sins automatically get destroyed.
Kabir, Jab hi Satnaam hriday dharyo, Bhayo paap ko naash |
Maano chigni agni ki, Pade puraani ghaas ||
Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 17 Shlok 23 also states that the true mantra “OM TAT SAT”, a three-way mantra to be chanted as per the directions given by a True Tatvagyani Saint, to attain the everlasting shelter of Supreme God Kabir Ji. The second “Tat” mantra is also known as Satnaam, which has the power to eliminate bad karma of past lives, and it is a necessary step for cleansing the soul and getting salvation. This is the only True path for Moksh and as per the indications given in our shastras. This True path of worship is being shown to us by the grace of Tatvadarshi Guru Sant Rampal ji Maharaj. No other Guru in this age and time is giving the RIGHT Tatvagyan and the RIGHT mantras for attaining Moksh.
Also Read: How To Celebrate Real Holi?
Toxic Holi of 2021
In Current scenario the way of celebrating Holi has changed. Instead of playing Holi like earlier, with Gulal, flowers and chemical-free dry colours, people have started using paints, chemicals, dyes, eggs, oil, mud and many more such harmful and toxic things, which end up affecting the skin and create other side effects, and also mark the spirit of the Festival, rendering it almost meaningless. One day before and on holi, people organise pool and booze parties, and they play cards till morning and drink cannabis & alcohol. Women of all age groups are the usual targets during Holi.
What Is “Raam Rang Hori”?
The True Spirit of Holi is brought to light in the striking Vaani of Garib Das Ji, a 17th century Saint who was taken to eternal place by Supreme God Kabir ji at the tender age of 10 yrs, and His path to Moksh got initiated after this incident. After returning from Amarlok, He recited the divine Vaani by the grace of Supreme God Kabir ji. This Vaani is also understood as the holy Sukshm Veda or the 5th Veda.
In his holy words, Saint Garib Das Ji explains what TRUE Holi or everlasting happiness is. According to Him, the right way one should play Holi is by taking the Naam Diksha (Initiation) from a True Guru and douse the soul in colours of true worship of Parameshwar. These are the colours that never fade, will always retain their fervour and will ultimately help the soul reach a place which is Eternally coloured in Supreme’s colours, that is, will help the soul attain Salvation.
Here are a few lines from His vaani, which explain the kind of Holi that should be played:
Samrath ka sharna gaho rang hori ho| Kabhi na ho akaaj Ram rang Hori ho ||
Satnaam palde rang hori ho| Chaudah lok chadhaave Raam rang Hori ho ||
Atam aur Paramatma rang hori ho| Ek dehi mein do Raam rang Hori ho ||
Satguru mela karat hei rang hori ho| Chalo Agampur dhaam Raam rang Hori ho ||
Gareebdas JI Maharaj indicates that Supreme God Kabir Ji is the Samrath (Omnipotent), Aadi Raam or Satpurush, the Highest Holy Power that the soul should take refuge in. He will never let the pious soul that is in His refuge go astray or be harmed. The power of true Satnaam is also explained in the words of Garib Das Ji, that it can’t even be compared to even gaining the rule of all 14 lower Loks of Mrityu Lok. Satguru Rampalji Maharaj is the only TRUE Guru, the only True Saint, who can help the soul reach the ultimate destination, Amarlok, where the one Supreme God, the omnipotent Kavirdev Ji resides. Thus, the True way of worship granted by a True Guru is the only way to attain Supreme happiness in Satlok or Amarlok or Agampur dham, which is Eternal and everlasting, and will end all the useless living-dying and karmic strife in 84 lakh yonis that the soul suffers right now here on prithvi lok (earth) .
Consider It: Today’s Holi Has Become a Gimmick, or Not?
We humbly request all pious souls to understand the difference between the two kind of Holi, one which has become more of a gimmick and disempowers the soul and the second which empowers the soul and will ultimately lead us back to our ever-peaceful Eternal home. The way of True bhakti/worship, i.e. playing “Raam Rang Hori“, will be ascertained when Naam daan is taken from True Guru, Tatvadarshi Sant Rampal ji Maharaj and this true worship “Raam rang Hori” will help us attain Poorn Moksh (a state of everlasting peace and happiness). Please subscribe to our YouTube channel “Satlok Ashram” and watch the holy Satsangs of Tatvadarshi Sant Rampal ji Maharaj.