|Significance of Holi and Fuldol|
Published on: March 08 2004
Bhagatji Maharaj's Birthday - The Swaminarayan Sampradaya also celebrates the birth of Bhagwan Swaminarayan's second spiritual successor on this day.
This festival celebrates the arrival of spring on Fagun sud Purnima. Also known as Falgunika, people celebrate the changing season and the beauty associated with spring blossoms by spraying color.
In the Gita (10/35), Shri Krishna proclaims
spring as the foremost season and one of his Vibhutis -forms:
The ritual of offering roasted grain to Agni - fire-deity is known as Navaanineshti. In Sanskrit, roasted grain is Holaakaa, from which the Hindi 'Holi' is derived. Since Vedic times people availed the newly harvested grain only after offering to the devas. This offering of new grain is Holi.
The Bhavishyottara Puran associates Holi both with man and yagna. Therefore the yagna performed for man's salvation is Holi.
Also known as Pushpadolotsav - Festival
of Flowers, it is celebrated on the day after Holi, on Fagun
On Fuldol, people traditionally offer fagwaa roasted chick peas (chana), dates and popcorn to God and partake of the prasad.
In the Swaminarayan Sampraday, the
women devotees of north Gujarat requested Bhagwan Swaminarayan for
unique fagwaa in the Fuldol of Samvat 1868 (1812 CE), in Sarangpur.
It comprised lofty sentiments in the form of a prayer to be delivered
Bhagwan Swaminarayan celebrated Fuldol in many different places during His period. Of these, the two most prominent were in Samvat 1872 (1816 CE), in Vartal and in Samvat 1868 (1812 CE), in Sarangpur. Pramukh Swami Maharaj celebrates this festival on a huge scale in Sarangpur in Saurashtra, with devotion and fervor.
In the Swaminarayan Sampradaya's shikharbaddh
mandirs, Fuldol is traditionally celebrated with immense fervor
after the Rajbhog Arti, around 11 a.m. A water hose attached to
Bhagwan Swaminarayan's murti in the central shrine sprays colored
and fragrant water on the devotees. Besides being solaced they feel
spiritually charged in being graced with sanctified water by God.
© 2004, Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith