3 Fascinating Legends Behind Holi

- March 15, 2022

By Komal Narwani Holi, the festival of colours, is a beautiful way to bid winter and celebrate the advent of spring. Almost every festival in India has interesting legends behind it. Here are some associated with the festival of Holi. Prahlad and Holika Script: Kamala Chandrakant, Illustration: Souren Roy The most popular legend behind celebrating Holi is of Prahlad and Holika. Hiranyakashipu was a demon king who would command the people of his kingdom to worship him like a divine being. Afraid of his power, everybody obeyed his command except for his son, Prahlad. Prahlad was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu and refused to worship his father. Infuriated by his son’s disobedience, he attempted to history him numerous times in different ways. When all his attempts failed, he turned to his sister, Holika, for help. Holika was blessed with immunity to fire so she decided to trick Prahlad into sitting in a bonfire with him. She thought that she would be safe and Prahlad would be down into ashes. While sitting on the bonfire, Prahlad chanted Vishnu’s name. Due to her evil intentions, Holika’s immunity vanished and she was burnt to death while Prahlad’s devotion saved him! This is the reason, the eve of Holi is cele...

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Prahlad drove his monstrous father to a murderous rage. He insisted on praising Lord Vishnu who was considered a sworn enemy by his father Hiranyakashipu. When he tried to punish his disobedient son, Hiranyakashipu's potent poisons turned to nectar while his lethal weapons fell harmlessly away. In this tale of bloodthirsty revenge, Prahlad's only defence is his devotion which dramatically puts an end to all evil.

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