Holi Legends, Legends in Holi, Once there was mighty demon king named ‘Hiranyakashyap’, who had conquered the three worlds of heaven, earth and underworld and had thus, become very arrogant. Drunk with pride, he thought he could even defeat Lord Vishnu and therefore decreed his kingdom to stop worshipping Vishnu and pray him instead. But his little son Prahlad, an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu, refused to adhere to this law.
This incensed the king and he ordered his soldiers throw Prahlad down a mountain which would kill him. But Prahlad continued to pray and surrendered himself to Lord Vishnu, who, appeared in the last moment and saved the boy. Agitated by this, Hiranyakashyap asked the help of his evil sister Holika, who had boon to walk into fire unharmed. Prahlad was then made to enter fire with his aunt, but then the brother and sister forgot that Holika could come out intact only if she entered alone. Thus, perished Holika and Lord Vishnu saved Prahlad yet again. Till today people prepare a bon fire, which represents Holika and throw cow dung, shouting obscenities to insult the evil aunt.
Holi is a Hindu spring festival in India also known as the “festival of colours” or the “festival of love”. after Holika Dahan (burning of Holika) people. Hindu spring festival celebrated throughout North India on the full-moon day of Phalguna. Originally Holi was a spring festival which was celebrated for good harvest and fertility of the land. Every year thousands of people participate in the festival from all over India and also in many parts of the world.
Apart from the cultural and social significance of the festival, Holi considerably affects the biological system of our body. The time, at which Holi is celebrated, is very crucial with respect to our body. During the festival, the season is going through a change – from winter to summer. It is the period when people feel lethargic and drowsy. Holi provides them the opportunity to wear off their laziness, by enjoying themselves thoroughly.