Holi 2024: Celestial Spectacle and Temple Fire Stir Mixed Emotions

Holi 2024
Holi 2024

Holi 2024, the vibrant "festival of colours," took place on March 25th, bringing a wave of joy and merriment across India. The two-day celebration began with Holika Dahan on March 24th, where bonfires were lit to symbolize the triumph of good over evil.

This year's Holi held special significance due to a rare celestial event—a lunar eclipse that hadn't occurred in a century and coincided with the festival!

In this situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other prominent leaders extended greetings to the nation. PM Modi posted in his official x, 'Many happy Holi wishes to all my family members of the country. May this traditional festival decorated with colours of affection and harmony bring new energy and new enthusiasm into the lives of all of you.'

On March 25th, 2024, a fire broke out during the early morning Bhasma Aarti ceremony at the Mahakal temple in Ujjain. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but some reports suggest it may have been related to the use of fire or burning materials during the ceremony. Fortunately, no serious injuries were reported, but around 13 priests and temple workers (sevaks) sustained minor burns.