‘Holi’ is the festival of colors that always looks forward to. Holi is one of the main festivals celebrated in India that has great importance and impact on Hindu mythology.
There is a story that tells us about the History of Holi.
History of Holi
The festival of Holi derives its name from ‘Holika,’ the sister of the tyrant King Hiranya Kashyap. In ancient times, King Hiranya Kashyap had a young prince named Prahalad. However, the king, being a malevolent character, did not believe in God, including Lord Vishnu. He demanded that his subjects and his own son worship him instead of any deity.
Contrary to his father’s wishes, Prahalad remained a devoted worshiper of Lord Vishnu, refusing to acknowledge the king as a divine figure. This infuriated Hiranya Kashyap, leading him to plot the murder of his own son. Seeking assistance, the king called upon his sister, Holika, who possessed a special power that made her immune to fire. Hiranya Kashyap instructed Holika to hold Prahalad on her lap and set him ablaze.
However, divine intervention was at play. Lord Vishnu protected Prahalad, and it was Holika who met her demise, turning to ashes in the fire. This event serves as a profound lesson, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil. Holi teaches us that every wicked force ultimately meets its end, while righteousness prevails.
In this way, Holi carries a powerful message of hope, reminding us that no matter how formidable the evil may seem, it is destined to be vanquished. The festival represents the victory of goodness, reinforcing our faith in the ultimate triumph of righteousness.
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