Holashtak 2020: 8 Inauspicious Days before Holi in 2020
By: Future Point | 25-Feb-2020Views : 2543
Holi is one of the most prominent festivals celebrated in Hindu tradition. It is celebrated with immense joy by one and by all. It is also known as the festival of color, wherein our hearts are filled with the warmth of the love of our family & friends. Not many people know about Holi not being just a one-day festival. Instead, it is a nine-day long festival. But it is considered that the eight days before Holi are really unlucky, consequently, no auspicious task must be done in this duration. This period is known as Holashtak.
As per the Purnimanta calendar followed in North India, Holashtak starts from the ‘Ashtami’ that is the 8th day of ‘Krishna Paksha’ and continues till the ‘Purnima’ of the ‘Falgun’ month. On the Purnima of the Falgun month, Holika Dahan is celebrated. And the day is followed by Holi- the festival of colors.
Holashtak in 2020
In the year 2020, Holashtak will begin on the 03rd of March i.e., Tuesday and will continue till Holika Dahan on Monday, the 09th of March, 2020. This period is really inauspicious, and any person must avoid doing any type of auspicious work during this period. Any work done during this time would give undesirable results, and a lot of hindrances are caused in any sort of work. Donating or Daan is the only thing that can extract good results during this period.
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The Legend Behind labeling Holashtak as Inauspicious
As per the mythology, the god of Love- Lord Kamadeva, was cursed by Lord Shiva and turned into ashes on the Ashtami Tithi of the Phalguna month. It is believed that Goddess Rati was worshipping Lord Shiva with severe penance on these eight days, and hence any auspicious work should not be done during this time. After these eight days, Kamadeva was brought back to life by Lord Shiva, which is celebrated by playing Holi with colors.
Significance of Holashtak
Holashtak is a combination of two words; “Holi” and “Ashtak,” which means the eight days of Holi. In the Hindu religion, this period is considered to be highly inauspicious and unfavorable.
Due to Holashtak being an unfavorable period, various ceremonies like marriages, housewarming, Janeu ceremonies (Thread Ceremony), child naming, and much more are not to be conducted during these days.
It is considered that eight days prior to Holi, the positioning of the planets are in a way, that it releases negative impacts on the lives of people. The most unusual part is that the negative energies and harmful powers during these days are so high in the surroundings that Sadhna for Tantric Vidhya related activities become extremely successful.
The positioning of planets is in such a way that it does not provide energy to any task. Sun, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Moon are expected to undergo several changes during this time.
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Rituals to be followed during Holashtak
There are numerous rituals during Holashtak, which are mainly performed to reduce the malefic and adverse effects of this inauspicious period. Some of them are:
- It is believed that decorating the branch of the tree with the help of colorful pieces of clothes will help reduce the negative effects. Every individual must tie a cloth piece on the branch, and then finally, it is buried in the ground. Some people also burn this cloth at the time of Holika Dahan. It is said that these pieces of cloths absorb the negative energies in themselves and later are destroyed.
- On every day of this 8-day long period, people collect small sticks of woods, which represent the negative energies. All of these woods are burnt on the night of Holika Dahan.
- The most auspicious thing during this period is performing Daan and offering donations to the people who are needy. It is believed that luck is enhanced by performing such rituals, and the needy people get offerings of clothes, food, and money.
- Gangajal must be sprinkled all over the house during this period, and cleaning of the house with Gangajal will remove all sorts of negativity from one’s life, and one will experience a peaceful and happy Holi.
- For the ritual of Holika Dahan, dried cow dung cakes, dried wood and grass, and a stick of Holi are placed.
Things NOT to do during Holashtak
Holashtak is majorly celebrated in Punjab and Northern states of India. As this period is considered to be inauspicious, it is considered that there are numerous things that must NOT be done during this period. As the name suggests, this inauspicious period begins 8 days prior to Holika Dahan and continues till Holika Dahan.
During the period of Holashtak, any of the 16 sanskaras are not performed because of the negative energies present in the surroundings. Even before performing the “Antim Sanskara,” a Shanti path is recited in order to maintain peace & harmony.
One must make sure to keep all these things in their mind during Holashtak and avoid performing any auspicious work during this time. In case you are going through a tough time or are fearful that negative energies might impact your growth, we urge you to go for a Batuk Bhairava Pujan by Future Point. This will help you deal with evil forces and black magic veil that can hamper one’s growth and progress.