Knox Holika Dahan & Hindu Food Festival 2020

This year we have incorporated two of our great events, the Holika Dahan Festival & the Hindu Food Festival. While practising the Hindu traditions of the Holika Dahan Poojan, the foodies will also have the opportunity to enjoy a variety authentic Pure Vegetarian Indian dishes.

This is a Free event, with activities, food and tradition.

When: 28th March 2021

Where: Shree Swaminarayan Temple Melbourne (69 Wadhurst Drive, Boronia – 3155)

Time: 4:00pm – 7:30pm

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You must carry your event ticket either in an electronic form on your phone or print them out and bring a physical copy to have it scanned at the entrance on the event day.

Note:

  • This event will be carried out in consideration with the COVID-Safe regulations.
  • Please do not attend the event If you are feeling unwell on the day of the event or the day prior to the event.
  • Please follow instructions and guidelines provided by the COVID marshal team on site.
  • Anyone over the age of 1 year must be registered for entry.
  • Ticketed entry only. Anyone without a ticket will be refused entry.
  • Kids and children under the age of 10 years must have adult supervision at all times.

Holika Dahan Significance

Holika Dahan also Kamudu pyre is celebrated by burning Holika, an asura. For many traditions in Hinduism, Holi celebrates the killing of Holika in order to save Prahlad, a devotee of God Vishnu and thus Holi gets its name. In olden days, people used to contribute a piece of wood or two for the Holika bonfire, and this represents Holika being consumed by the fire in which she tried to kill her nephew Prahlad.

Holika Dahan – 28th March 2021

Significance

Phalgun Sud Poonam marks the celebration of the Holi Festival. Various aspects of the festival of Holi make it significant to one’s life. It may not be so apparent but analysing it reveals the significance of Holi in more ways than it meets the eyes.

Festivals in Sanatan Dharma are to enjoy and be indulged in Devotion towards the Lord and get closer to Him. Ranging from religious to cultural significances, there is every reason why we must heartily enjoy this holy festival cherishing the reasons for its celebrations.

Religious Significance:

The Narad Puran and Bhavishya Puran entail the religious significance of this festival. According to these holy texts, Hiranyakshipu; a powerful demon considered himself as God out of his ego sought to be worshipped by all. To his great ire,

his son Prahalad was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakshyapu tried various methods to get him killed but he was always protected an unharmed. Having a boon to enter fire unscathed, aunty Holika assured her brother that she will

be successful in killing Prahalad in fire with Prahlad on her lap. Shed paid the price for her sinister intentions when she burnt to death while Prahalad remained unharmed. Hence this day is celebrated as ‘Holika dahan’.

 

Cultural Significance:

The religious significance associated with Holi reassures Devotees of the power of the truth and the ultimate victory of good over evil. It also enlightens us that the Lord always protects His Devotees that truly surrender unto Him.

Thus it helps us to be righteous and also believe in the virtue of being truthful. In today’s modern society people resort to evil practices for gains torturing honest ones, hence this festival helps remember the virtues of truthfulness,

righteousness and honesty to fight away evil. This festival is also celebrated during a time when people expect a good harvest due to the spring season giving them a chance to rejoice in thanking the Lord for His benedictions.

NarNarayan Dev Jayanti & Fuldol Utsav – 28th March 2021

This festival marks the birth of Lord Nar and Lord Narayan. They were born as sixteen year olds to father Dharmadev and mother Murtidevi at Narayan Ghat along the banks of the Sabarmati River. Nar Narayan took birth to defeat the evil demon Kunchi, who wanted immortality. By performing penance to please Lord Brahma, Kunchi requested Lord Brahma to grant him such a boon. Brahma who himself was mortal couldn’t do this so Kunchi asked for a Thousand body armours (protective shields). Each body armour would only be lost if one performed penance for a thousand years and then fought Kunchi for another thousand years. He became known as Shahastra Kunchi (a man with thousand shields) Shahastra Kunchi felt invincible and began to harass the world and demigods. In order to defeat him Bhagwan incarnated into Nar and Narayan.

Nar and Narayan immediately fought Kunchi, one performing penance for a thousand years, whilst the other battled for a thousand years and so on. They continued this rotation of penance and fighting, until Kunchi realising that he only had one shield left, retreated to Suryanarayan and begged for His protection. Lord Nar therefore could not defeat him so they both returned to Badrikashram.

Many years later, as illustrated in the Mahabharat, Kunchi reincarnated as the evil Karna. However he still had the protection of one last shield, which would have to be destroyed if Karna was to be defeated. Accordingly Lord Narayan incarnated as Lord Krishna and Lord Nar incarnated as Arjun. As it was his turn to fight, it was Arjun who eventually killed Karna.

This festival also marks the arrival of spring as well as the Anniversary of Narnarayan Dev. The story continues that from Vasant Panchmi. Lord Krishna and his companions were joyfully playing on Revataachal Mountain (Mount Girnar). The Yadavas made a swing from the trees and flowers and sat Lord Krishna and Arjun on the swing. They performed pooja of Lord Krishna and joyfully took in turns to push the swing. Arjun sat alongside Lord Krishna in this manner depicts the murti of Nar Narayan Dev. On this day, devas arrived at Dharmadev’s ashram and performed pooja of Nar Narayan Dev and pushed the swing to please him.

In our temples we celebrate this festival in a similar way to Vasant Panchmi, where coloured water is sprayed on devotees. A swing is made and decorated with flowers on which the Nar Narayan Dev murti is placed and devotees gently sway the swing. Poojan of Nar Narayan Dev is performed followed by an Aarti. Songs associated with the festival are sung accompanied by musical instruments. Similar to Vasant Panchmi prashad of popcorn is served. Narnarayandev Jayanti is the only birth of the Lord where fasting is not required.

In India Satsangi’s go to the temple wearing white clothes in order so that they can return home completely covered by the coloured water sprayed in the temple, thus accepting the showering of blessings from Bhagwan.