Everyone loves the festival of colors which is Holi. This year Holi will be celebrated on 19th of March, 2016. As every Indian festival has some legendary story in it same case lies with this festival too. There is the legendary story of Holika and Prahlad which spells the reason behind Holi festival.

The Legend of Holika and Prahlad:

Prahlad as the devotee of Lord Vishnu
Prahlad as the devotee of Lord Vishnu

There was once a demon king by the name of Hiranyakashyap who won over the kingdom of earth. He was so egoistic that he commanded everybody in his kingdom to worship only him. But to his great disappointment, his son, Prahlad became an ardent devotee of Lord Naarayana and refused to worship his father.

Hiranyakashyap tried several ways to kill his son Prahlad but Lord Vishnu saved him every time. Finally, he asked his sister, Holika to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap. For, Hiranyakashyap knew that Holika had a boon, whereby, she could enter the fire unscathed.  Treacherously, Holika coaxed young Prahlad to sit in her lap and she herself took her seat in a blazing fire.

Hiranyakashyap trying to kill Prahlad
Hiranyakashyap trying to kill Prahlad

The legend has it that Holika had to pay the price of her sinister desire by her life. Holika was not aware that the boon worked only when she entered the fire alone.  Prahlad, who kept chanting the name of Lord Naarayana all this while, came out unharmed, as the lord blessed him for his extreme devotion.

Lord Narayana in his Narsingh form also killed the demon and freed world from his sins.

Lord Narsingh killing the demon
Lord Narsingh killing the demon

Thus, Holi derives its name from Holika. And, is celebrated as a festival of victory of good over evil. Holi is also celebrated as the triumph of a devotee. As the legend depicts that anybody, howsoever strong, cannot harm a true devotee. And, those who dare torture a true devotee of god shall be reduced to ashes.

So this was the legendary story of Holi festival. The legend even signifies, why a day before we use to fire a bonfire. Have a very happy and blissful Holi.

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