Celebrate the Holi Festival - Mahesh Bang

The night of secret sadhana (prayers)

Holi is widely celebrated all over the world but it is particularly celebrated in full splendour in Mathura and Vrindavan as a tribute to the divine love of Radha and Krishna.

This day also holds special significance as Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu appeared on this day. He is considered an incarnation of Lord Krishna.

This year it will be celebrated on March 28. There are a few stories associated to this festival.

On Holi night, when there is a full moon, is one of the nights on the calendar to do secret sadhana to achieve a particular aim.

Whatever your faith may be utilise this night fullest by worshipping the Divine in the form of Jesus, Allah, Buddha, Krishna, Ram, Shiva, Shakti and other forms.

The story behind the Festival Of Holi

Once upon a time, there was an arrogant king called Hiranakashyapa, who resented his son Prahlad for worship- ping Lord Vishnu. In his bid to stop his son, he tried to kill him several times but failed in his efforts. Finally, he took the help of his sister Holika, who possessed a divine shawl that could protect her from the heat of fire. Holika sat in fire with Prahlad on her lap, however due to the devotion of bhakt Prahlad to Lord Vishnu, the shawl was transferred to him. The result was that while Holika burned to death, Prahalad came out of the fire unhurt.

This is the reason why huge bon- fires are burnt on the eve of Holi all over the country. This also symbolises the end of evil and the victory of good. There are many tips to improve your luck astrologically on this divine pow- erful night. Below are a few:

  1. There are some temples that have a bonfire on this day. In the evening one should cook a sweet dish made of jaggery. Another substitute for this is sweet rice. Offer this sweet dish to the bonfire and then sprinkle a little water on it before it is ignited.
  2. You should dress in a celebratory mood on this day.

3.This is another one of the days of the year where family should dine together. It will strengthen the family bond.

  1. If you believe you are affected by negative energy or some black magic then it will be to your benefit to follow the above ritual and you should go around the bonfire once in a clockwise direction.
  2. Most importantly for the removal of bad eyes (nazar), take home a lit- tle ashes, after the bonfire has burnt down, either on the same day or next morning. Use the ash to put a tilak (dot). Afterwards put whenever its required.
  3. On any day between March 24 to 29 place powdered colour with devotion on your deity in your prayer room as a tilak or go to the temple to enjoy this holi festival in grandeur, whichever date is the scheduled programme.
  4. If you are observing Holi by playing with coloured powders then donate the clothes you were wearing once washed to the poor. This is a tip to decrease poverty.
  5. Children must take blessings from their parents. If your parents are pen- sioners and elderly and you are able to afford, then give them a nice gift or some cash. This simple act can increase your prosperity.
  6. There are many different types of prayers you can do on this night. For example to improve finances, chant Shreem after the moon has appeared for two to three hours in front of a picture of mother Lakshmi.
  7. March 24 or 25 holds one of the most significant ekadashis in the year. On this day millions of people visit one miraculous temple known as Khatu Shyam Ji which is devoted to Lord Krishna to take darshan (blessing). This temple is situated near Jaipur.

Wishing you well and a wonderful colourful Holi.

Q: Kindly advise on my future job prospects and health. I was retrenched in June 2020. Do I have to look into a business? I see repeated numbers like 777 and 888 often, what does this mean?

A:  Astrologically, you are under Saturn sade sati effect. It is the reason for you losing your job suddenly. As per my calculations, do not go into business as you can’t take risk now. It is better to look for a job.

However, apply to many compa- nies and send your CVs as well. You will not get a job in your first attempt, it will take time to get a good job but still keep trying.

In 2023 and 2024 is the peak of the malefic effect of Saturn. It is better to get a good job before that. So, keep working hard and think positively. From 2026 to 2030 is the best time to do business, the peak of your professional success. Do the following to reduce your problem:

  1. Until 2024, maintain a vegetarian fast every Saturday.
  2. Read the Shree Hanuman Chalisa daily.
  3. Read the Shree Hanuman Chalisa 101 times in a day, if are you making a big decision that day.
  4. Do not take any decision in anger.

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