Holi, the festival of colors, is one of the major festivals in India. This festival is celebrated on the full moon of Phalgun month according to the Hindu calendar. While Holi is social and religious on the one hand, it is also a festival of colors. This festival called the festival of colors is traditionally celebrated for two days. Holika is burnt on the first day, also known as Holika Dahan. On the second day, it is called Dhundali, on this day, each other puts Gulal Abir. There are many stories in the Puranas about why Holi is celebrated. In which the most prominent Vishnu is related to the devotee Prahlad and his aunt Holika. Let's know some stories related to Holi.
First story - According to Narada Purana, a demon named Hiranyakashyap happened in ancient times. The demon king considered himself bigger than God. He wanted people to worship him only. But his own son Prahlad was a supreme Vishnu devotee. Bhakti was inherited from her mother.
It was a matter of great concern for Hiranyakashipu how his own son Vishnu became a devotee? And how to remove him from the path of devotion. According to the story of Holi (Holi ki Katha), when Hiranyakashipu asked his son to give up Vishnu devotion but even after tireless efforts he could not succeed.
Even after explaining several times, when Prahlad did not listen, Hiranyakaship thought of killing his own son. Despite many attempts, he failed to kill Prahlad. Due to repeated attempts, Hiranyakashyap became furious.
After this, he took help from his sister Holika who had received such a sheet from Lord Shankar which fire could not burn him when he was covered. It was decided that Prahlad would be seated with Holika and be killed in Agnin.
Holika covered her bed with Prahlad in her lap and sat on the pyre. But due to the miracle of Vishnu, that sheet flew to Prahlad, which saved Prahlad's life and burned Holika. After this Holika Dahan is organized by burning fire on the eve of Holi.
Second story - Another legend is associated with Shiva and Parvati. Parvati, the Himalayan daughter, wanted her to be married to Lord Shiva, but Shiva was absorbed in her penance. Kamdev came to the aid of Parvati and he fired his flower arrow. The penance of Lord Shiva got dissolved. Shiva got very angry and opened his third eye. Kamdev was consumed in the flame of his anger. Then Shiva saw Parvati and the worship of Parvati was successful. Shivji accepted her as his half-mouth. Thus, on the basis of this legend, celebrating the victory of true love by symbolically burning the sensual attraction in the fire of Holi.
Third story - There was an AIR that the one who killed Kamsa was born in Gokul. So Kansa ordered to kill every child born in Gokul on this day. Kansa, frightened by this Akashvani, also planned to kill his nephew Krishna and for this he resorted to a demon named Pootana. Pootna could take any form she wanted. Taking beautiful form, he killed many infants with his toxic breastfeed. Then she went to Bal Krishna but Krishna knew his truth and he killed Pootna. It was the day of Phalgun Purnima, so Holi began to be celebrated on the occasion of Pootnavadh.