Thursday, February 26, 2015

Holashtak 2015 - A Myth Or Truly Inauspicious

Holashtak is going to begin from today i.e. from February 26, 2015. You think you know enough about Holashtak? Why it is considered inauspicious, what can be done, what cannot be done? Then, think again and read this exclusive article to know everything about Holashtak.

Holashtak is a period of inauspicious days.

Holashtak is referred as a period of eight days before the festival of Holi. This period is considered inauspicious for commencing any auspicious task especially in North-India. As per the Hindu calendar, Holashtak commences on Ashtami Tithi of Shukla Paksha (bright half) of Phalgun month and lasts till the Phalgun Purnima.

The duration of Holashtak in 2015 would be: from February 26 to March 5

Read about the festival of colors, Holi in 2015, by clicking here: Holi 2015

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Holashtak: Why Inauspicious

There are two major reasons due to which the period of Holashtak is considered inauspicious. Let's now read about them:

Bhakt Prahlad was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu, but his father Hiranyakashipu considered himself as god. Hiranyakashipu tortured Prahalad a lot for eight days, as he wanted him to leave his faith in Vishnu. When Hiranyakashipu failed in his efforts, he decided to burn him in fire, on the day of Holika Dahan. However, this time also his efforts got useless. That’s why these eight days before Holika Dahan are considered inauspicious.

The second and another very important reason for considering Holashtak as inauspicious is that the planets undergo some furious transformations during this phase, as given below:
  • Moon (first day of Holashtak)
  • Sun (second day of Holashtak)
  • Saturn (third day of Holashtak)
  • Venus (fourth day of Holashtak)
  • Jupiter(fifth day of Holashtak)
  • Mercury (sixth day of Holashtak)
  • Mars (seventh day of Holashtak)
  • Rahu (eighth day or Phalgun Purnima)
Read about the inauspicious period of Holashtak in detail, by clicking here: Holashtak 2015

Holashtak 2015: Tasks That Should Be Avoided

Here are some major auspicious tasks that should be avoided during Holashtak:
  • House-warming ceremony
  • 16 sacred major hindu rituals
  • Starting a new work or business etc.

Holashtak 2015: Significance

  1. The preparations of Holika Dahan begins with Holashtak. The place is selected and cleaned with Gangajal.
  2. People start collecting dried woods, dry leaves for the day of Holika Dahan.
  3. Holashtak is considered of great significance for making offerings or donations to the needy.
  4. Holashtak is a significant time for Tantriks. It is one of the most fruitful time for them for achieving Siddhis with Mantra and Sadhna.
We hope that now you understand Holashtak in a much better way. AstroSage wishes you a safe Holashtak 2015.

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