Date(s) - Mar 24 (Sunday)
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Color Festival (Holi) Celebration
Holi, the festival of Colors, is considered as one of the most revered and celebrated festivals of India and is celebrated in almost every part of the country. It is also sometimes called as the “festival of love”, as on this day people unite together forgetting all resentments and all types of negative feelings towards each other. On the day of Holi people play with colors with their friends and families.
There are multiple legends about Holi. According to one legend, there was once a demon king by the name of Hiranyakashyapu, who was so egoistic that he commanded everybody in his kingdom to worship only him. But to his great disappointment Prahlad, his own son, became an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu and refused to worship his father. Hiranyakashyapu 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. Holika had a boon by which 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. The legend has it that Holika was not aware that the boon worked only when she entered the fire alone, and therefore had to pay the price of her sinister desire by her life. Prahlad, who kept chanting the name of Lord Vishnu 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.
According to another legend, Lord Krishna used to play lovable pranks by applying color on Radha and other Gopis, sometimes using water jets with colored water. The legend got so much acceptance and popularity that it evolved as a tradition and later, as a full-fledged festival. Till date, use of colors and water jets (pichkaris) is rampant in Holi. The vibrancy of colors is something that brings in a lot of positivity in our lives and Holi being the festival of colors is actually a day worth rejoicing.
09:00 am: Second Kriya Meditation
10:30 am: Break
10:45 am: Discourse by BRD
11:15 am: 1st Kriya Meditation
12:30 pm: Lunch
01:00 pm: Clean Up Seva (20 minutes)