Holi Pooja Process
Holi Pooja takes place a day before the Holi Festival. This day is called as ‘Holika Dahan’. There is no special pooja performed on the Holi day. This day is only meant for celebrations and play of colors. Holika Dahan is the major ritual performed at the time of Holi which is also considered an important Holi Pooja. People light bonfires on the eve of Holi festival to celebrate the victory of ‘good’ over ‘bad’ which is called Holika Dahan.
Holi Pooja Samagri
In Holi Festival The following Samagri or materials should be used for Pooja in “Holi” day: One bowl of water, beads made of cow dung, Roli, rice which are not broken (also called Akshat in Sanskrit), fragrances like Agarbatti and Dhoop, flowers, raw cotton thread, turmeric pieces, unbroken lentil of Moong, Batasha, Gulal powder and coconut. Also, fully grown grains of freshly cultivated crops like wheat and gram can be included in the Pooja items.
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- An earthen lamp filled with ghee – 1 or 2 in nos.
- Dhoop stick or agarbatti – 1 or 2 in nos.
- Flowers – few
- Chandan, ashtagandh or roli
- Dry coconut and sweets
- Akshat (unbroken raw rice)
- A glass of water
- Moong lentil
- Dry turmeric pieces – few
- Raw yarn (soot ki kookdi) – 3 small spindle in nos.
- Badkula garland or Gulari (garland made of cow dung) minimum 6 in nos.
- Grains (green chana etc.)
Holi Pooja MantraJap
- Keep all Pooja ingredients in a plate. Accompany a small water pot with Pooja Thali. While on the Pooja spot, sit down such that either facing the East or the North direction. After that sprinkle some water on the Pooja Thali and yourself while chanting following Mantra thrice. “ॐ गं गणपतये नमः” (Om Gan Ganpataye Namah).
- Now remember Lord Ganesha after taking flower and rice in the hand. The Mantra of remembering Lord Ganesha is –
गजाननं भूतगणादिसेवितं कपित्थजम्बूफलचारुभक्षणम्।
उमासुतं शोकविनाशकारकं नमामि विघ्नेश्वरपादपमजम्।।
- Now remember devotee Prahlada and chant following Mantra. While reciting below Mantra, applying Roli and rice on a flower and offer it along with fragrance to devotee Prahlada.
- Offer rice, fragrances, flower, unbreakable Moong lentil, turmeric pieces, coconut and Bharbholiye (garland made of dried cow dung which is also known as Gulari and Badkula) to Holika. Three, five or seven rounds of raw yarn are tied around the Holika while circumambulating it. After that empty the water pot in front of Holika pile.
- Holika is burnt after that. Usually, the fire from the public bonfire is brought home to burn Holika. After that, all men wear auspicious mark of Roli and take blessings from elders. People circumambulate Holika and offer new crops to the bonfire and roast them. The roasted grains are distributed as Holika Prasad.