Apart from the colours, there’s also religious importance of the festival. The colours of Holi are a reminder that one should shed their differences and start to live in a community. Holika Dahan is celebrated a day before Holi. While in most parts of the country, Holika Dahan will be celebrated on March 7, the people of Maharashtra will celebrate Holika Dahan today, i.e., March 6.
People can choose to celebrate Holika Dahan on any of the two days because both days have Shubh Muhurat for performing the puja. However, if you’re celebrating Holika Dahan today, here’s when you can do the Puja.
The Purnima Tithi is starting on March 6 and therefore, people celebrating Holika Dahan today can perform the puja during the Shubh Muhurat. The Shubh Muhurat for performing the Holika Dahan puja will begin at 6:26 PM and end at 6:38 PM today.
While performing the puja for Holika Dahan, it is important that you start the Puja by chanting the name of Lord Ganesha. Offer Holy Ganga Jal to Holika (bonfire). Do the puja by offering Turmeric, rice, kumkum, coconut, wheat, and holi colours. These offerings should be done while chanting the mantra. The mala made of dried cow dung is considered very sacred for Holika Dahan. Do the parikrama of Holika 3, 5 or 7 times by binding the sacred yarn around it.