Holi is a celebration of love and harmony. Poor, rich, small, big, everyone gets transformed in the color of Holi in such a way that all are seen in the same color. This festival of colors has been celebrated since ancient times. There are many stories about this unique festival, but the story of Hiranyakashyap, Holika and the devotee Prahlada is most prevalent. So let’s get from this story to Rs –
The story of Holi is associated with the mythological period. In ancient times, an Asura king named Hiranyakashyap ruled. He was very powerful and by his ability he had conquered all the three worlds. Rishi Muni trembled with his fear. Even the gods did not dare to appear before him. The cruelty of Hiranyakashyap made it difficult for the common people to live. His tyranny was caused by the Trihimam-Trihimam.
Actually, Brahmaji gave the boon of being invincible to Hiranyakashyap. On receiving the boon of being invincible, Hiranyakashyap became a victim of aphorism. He considered himself superior in the universe and kept constantly abusing Lord Vishnu. After some time Hiranyakashyap received a son Ratna. That son was named Prahlada. Prahlada was a learned man by birth and was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. Soon Hiranyakashyap came to know of his son Prahlada being a Vishnu devotee. Hiranyakashyap tried to convince Prahlada by first extinguishing him with love, but Prahlada’s devotion was unwavering.
Failing to persuade Prahlada, Hiranyakashipu began to use force on him. Prahlada was tortured in various ways. Often he used to put Prahlada in front of a hungry lion, but in front of Prahlada’s devotion, that lion also bowed down. Sometimes Prahlada was thrown down from the top of the mountain, but Prahlada used to take the name of God and God was present to protect him everywhere. In this way, Hiranyakashyap was defeated by every effort and in the end he sought the help of his sister Holika to eliminate Prahlada. Holika agreed to help her brother Hiranyakashyap.
Let us tell that Holika was blessed by Brahma Dev that the fire cannot burn him and if he goes with something in the fire, then another object or other creature will be consumed, but Holika could not touch the fire. In the guise of this boon, Holika took Prahlada in her lap and sat in the fire, but the glory of God is infinite. By the grace of Lord Vishnu, Holika started burning in the fire, while Prahlada remained safe in the fire. Seeing this scene, the gods showered flowers and the devotee Prahlada became eternally immortal. Since that time, Holika Dahan is done every year in the joy of burning of Holika. This event itself symbolizes the victory of good over evil.
According to another legend, Lord Krishna suppressed the wicked and made Maharas with the gopis in the moonlit night of Yamuna. Holi started from that time. There are many stories about Holi, but all the stories integrate different cultures and give the message of love and harmony.