Timings & Tithi:
Holika Dahan Muhurta
Holika Dahan Muhurta = 18:31 to 20:23
Duration = 1 Hour 52 Mins
Bhadra Punchha = 04:11 to 05:23
Bhadra Mukha = 05:23 to 07:23
Rangwali Holi on 13th, March
Purnima Tithi Begins = 20:23 on 11/Mar/2017
Purnima Tithi Ends = 20:23 on 12/Mar/2017
Holika Dahan Celebrations
The history Holika Dahan goes back in time form Satya Yuga of Hindu Mythology, the forth incarnation of Shri Naarayana in form of Narasimha.
References found in Bhagavat Purana, a king named Hiranyakashipu who, like many demons and Asuras, had the intense desire to be immortal. To fulfill this desire, he performed the required Tapas or penances until he was granted a boon by Brahma. This achievement made him arrogant. Hiranyakashyapu decreed that only he be worshiped as a God. Out of arrogance he started punishing and killing all who defied him. His son, Prahlad, disagreed with his father, and refused to worship his father as a god, continuing instead to worship Vishnu (Shri Naarayana).
Hiranyakashipu very angry with this act of Prahlad and made various attempts to kill Prahlad. In such an instance on Prahlad's life, King Hiranyakashyapu called upon his sister Holika for help. Holika had a special cloak that protected her from being harmed by fire. Hiranyakashyapu asked her to sit on a bonfire with Prahlad, by tricking the boy to sit on her lap and she herself took her seat in flames. The legend has it that Holika had to pay the price of her evil desire by her life. Holika was unaware that the boon worked only when she entered a fire alone. Prahlad, who kept chanting the name of Vishnu all this while, came out unscathed as Vishnu blessed him for his extreme devotion.
From then on the eve of Holi, Holika Dahan takes place. Effigy of Holika made out of cow dung is placed in the wood and burnt. Symbolize that Holika tried to kill Hiranyakashyap's son Prahlad, an ardent devotee of Lord Naarayana. The victory of good over evil and also the triumph of a true devotee.