What Is Holashtak? Why Auspicious Work Is Not Done In Holasthak
No auspicious work is done from Holashtak till Holika Dahan. Holika Dahan takes place on the full moon of Shukla Paksha of Phalgun month and on the next day Holi is played on Pratipada of Chaitra month. In such a situation, we know why auspicious and auspicious work is prohibited and what is the popular story behind it…
What is Holashtak?
Holashtak means eight days before Holi. It is believed that the demon Hiranyakashyap troubled the devotee Prahlad in many ways during these eight days. That's why no auspicious work is done these days. In these days, entry into a new house, marriage, shaving, and starting a new business should be avoided. These days are not considered auspicious. During this, there is a need to take special care of worship. Chanting some mantras and following the method of worship brings happiness in life.
Chant Mantras, Do Penance, And Meditate In Holashtak
The time of Holashtak is considered very auspicious for chanting, penance, and meditation. It was during these days that devotee Prahlad had an unwavering devotion to Lord Vishnu. Prahlad's father Harinyakashyap did many atrocities on his son and tried to kill him many times, but every time his life was saved by the grace of Vishnu. Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya(ऊँ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय ) mantra should be chanted during these days. If you are a devotee of Lord Shiva, then offer water and milk on the Shivling. Chant the mantra Om Namah Shivay(ऊँ नम: शिवाय). If you are a devotee of Hanuman Ji, then recite Hanuman Chalisa by lighting a lamp in the Hanuman temple. These days special worship should also be done to Balagopal, the child form of Lord Krishna. Abhishek the Lord with Dakshinavarti conch. Chant the mantra Krun Krishnaya Namah(कृं कृष्णाय नम). Negativity remains more active during the days of Holashtak. Due to this negativity also increases in our thoughts. Meditate in Holashtak to keep the mind calm and positive and if you meditate on God then there will be happiness and peace in life.
Importance of Holashtak
According to the scriptures, it is considered auspicious to worship God during Holashtak. It is said that during this time a branch of a tree is cut and planted on the ground and a colored cloth is tied to it. The branch of this tree is considered to be the form of Prahlad, a devotee of Vishnu. It is said, in the area where the branch of that tree is planted, no auspicious work takes place in that area till Holika Dahan.
Why Auspicious Work Is Not Done In Holasthak
It is considered prohibited to do auspicious works for 8 days in Holashtak. It has been said in the scriptures that auspicious works like 16 rites like a naming ceremony, sacred thread ceremony, housewarming, and marriage rituals should not be performed these days. At the same time, any kind of Havan, Yajna Karma is also not performed these days. It has also been told in the scriptures that at the beginning of Holashtak, the girls who have got newly married should stay in their maternal home.
It is said that Holashtak is not auspicious for doing auspicious or auspicious work. If someone does auspicious work these days, then he may have to face difficulties, so during this time, one should avoid doing auspicious work. If you want to know more about Holashtak then talk to astrologers.