Rang Panchami: Celebrating the destruction of Rajas and Tamas
17 Mar 2017
Why and when is Rang Panchami celebrated
Rang Panchami, as the name suggests, falls on the fifth day after the festival of Holi in the dark fortnight of the Hindu month of Phalgun, marking the culmination of the festival of colors. People celebrate the festival of Rang Panchami almost like they celebrate Holi, by throwing colored powder (gulal) or splashing colored water on each other. Rang Panchami 2017 date is 17th March.
Significance of Rang Panchami
Many believe that the fire which burns Holika on Holi, symbolically burns up the two undesirable qualities of Rajas (passion, action) and Tamas (darkness, inertia), and thus the third (and the only desirable) quality of Sattva (goodness, harmony) comes to the fore. All these three qualities are present in everyone according to Hindu philosophy, but in differing proportions, and the destruction of Rajas and Tamas is to be celebrated, which is what is done on the festival of Rang Panchami. As Sattva becomes predominant, it opens up the doors to spiritual advancement.
The festival of Rang Panchami is widely celebrated with full fervor in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and many northern Indian states. In Maharashtra, Rang Panchami festival is marked by the Palkhi dance.
Rituals during Rang Panchami:
The celebrations of Rang Panchami are much like the festivities of Holi. This day is marked by playing with colors with friends and families.
On Rang Panchami, Hindu devotees also worship Lord Krishna and his consort Radha. They perform puja rituals to pay homage to Radha-Krishna.