Holi Ka Dahan:
March 16 (Sunday) 7:00pm - 8:30pm
7:00 pm - Start Havan in the Patio, Chanting of Mantras, Offerings to Agni Dev (Kum Kum, Flowers, Coconut, Rice and Coins).
8:00 pm - Dinner - Sponsored by Rajat Arora
Puja Fees: None
Puja Performed by: Panditji Brijesh
Legend of Holi:There was once a demon king by the name of Hiranyakashyap who won over the kingdom of earth. He was so egoistic that he commanded everybody in his kingdom to worship only him. But to his great disappointment, his son, Prahlad became an ardent devotee of Lord Naarayana (Vishnu) and refused to worship his father.
Hiranyakashyap tried several ways to kill his son Prahlad but Lord Vishnu saved him every time. Finally, he asked his sister, Holika to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap. For, Hiranyakashyap knew that Holika had a boon, whereby, she could enter the fire unscathed.
Treacherously, Holika coaxed young Prahlad to sit in her lap and she herself took her seat in a blazing fire. Holika was not aware that the boon worked only when she entered the fire alone. Prahlad, who kept chanting the name of Lord Naarayana all this while, came out unharmed, as the lord blessed him for his extreme devotion. Thus, Holi derives its name from Holika. And, is celebrated as a festival of victory of good over evil.
Holi is also celebrated as the triumph of a devotee. As the legend depicts that anybody, howsoever strong, cannot harm a true devotee. And, those who dare torture a true devotee of god shall be reduced to ashes.
Ugadi (Telugu New Year):
March 31 (monday) 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Puja Fees: None
Puja Performed by: Panditji Gopal
The New Year Festival OR Ugadi marks the beginning of a new Hindu lunar Calendar with a change in the Moon's orbit. It is a day when predictions are made for the New Year. Traditionally, the Panchangasravanam or listening to the yearly Calendar is done in the Temples.