Holi, the festival of colours, is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm throughout India. In some places, some special pujas are performed during Holi festival. Devotees light the lamps in the night and worship Holika at anytime between afternoon and evening. There is not fault if you perform Holika Puja after taking meals.
Before Holi puja, a demon called Dundha is pleased with chanting the puja sankalpam. Wood pieces and dried cow dung balls are kept at a place and set fire.
In 2017, Holi festival date is March 12.
The sacred bonfire is called Holikadahan in North India and Kamadahanam in South Indian states.
Slokam to recite during Holi Puja:
“Vanditasi surendrena brahmana shankarena cha
Athasthwam pahino devi bhoote bhootipradaa bhava”
Pradakshinam or circumambulation around the bonfire is done while chating the mantra.
Lakshmi Puja and Indra pooja are other sacred rituals performed on Holi festival or Falgun Purnima day. Falgun Purnima is also known as Mahalakshmi Jayanthi. Lord Krishna Puja is also observed during Holi especially in North Indian states like Orissa, Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Mahdya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Gujarat.