Thursday, September 21, 2023
13.6 C

Mythological Reasons Behind Holi You Must Know!



Let’s start it with the line you will read for every festival “Holi is the most popular festival celebrated in India”. This festival of colours is the most rugged festival we celebrate. People try to colour their friends and families and at times strangers in the most brutal way possible. But something that is so popular among many since times unknown, cannot be such without its significance.

The Story of Hiranyakashiyup

Image Source
Image Source

Hirankashiyup (pronounced as hiran-kash-yup) was a king in ancient India who was like a demon king who wanted to take revenge for the death of his younger brother. His younger brother was killed by Lord Vishnu (who is also one of the Tri Dev including Lord Shiva & Brahma).

In order to kill him, the king wanted to get power. There was a way in those time, that was meditation or worship of the divine. So, he worshiped Lord Vishnu for years & then he finally got a boon of immortal (because the boon was that he would never be killed either in house of outside of house, so according to him & also others there are no place expect these). After this, he was so proud & all in rage that he started considering himself as God & asked his citizens to stop worshiping God rather they should worship him as a God.

But, story of this king twists when his only son “Prahlad” who was devotee of Lord Vishnu, he always disobeyed his father in this case & continue worshiping Lord Vishnu. As king was so devil, he decided to kill his son. He decided to burn Prahlad. For this, he asked his sister “Holika” to sit on fire with Prahlad in her lap so that they could burn Prahlad. As Holika did the same as asked, Prahlad was saved even in fire instead Holika was burnt to ashes because Prahlad was reciting Lord Vishnu’s name during this activity. After this Lord Vishnu killed the king in between house & outdoor.

Why They Use Colours?

Image Source
Image Source

It is believed that Lord Krishna, avtar of Lord Vishnu used to play Holi with colours with his friends from Gokul and Vrindavan. Therefore, from that time on wards everybody followed the God’s way. People use Gulaal and flowers to play Holi with everyone. In modern days, people started using pichkari (water gun) to throw water over others.

Importance For Hindus!

Image Source
Image Source

Hindus have been celebrating Holi even before the birth of Christ. Holi is mention in ancient religious books like, Jaimini’s Purvamimamsa-Sutras and Kathaka-Grhya-Sutra. The festival of Holi also finds a reference in the sculptures on walls of old temples. A 16th century panel sculpted in a temple at Hampi, capital of Vijayanagar.

A 16th century Ahmednagar painting is on the theme of Vasanta Ragini – spring song or music. It shows a royal couple sitting on a grand swing, while maidens are playing music and spraying colors with pichkaris.

Another Mewar painting (circa 1755) shows the Maharana with his courtiers. While the ruler is bestowing gifts on some people, a merry dance is on, and in the center is a tank filled with colored water.

Significance of Bhang/cannabis

Image Source
Image Source

People enjoy bhaang on this particular day quite a lot, specially in north India. You find people enjoying bhaang like anything on this particular day.

Bhaang is also associated with Lord Shiva and is considered a major part of the celebration. It is served in various forms from smoke to milk and pakodi.

Three Days Of Celebration

Day 1 – On full moon day (Holi Purnima) colored powder and water are arranged in small brass pots on a thali. The celebration begins with the eldest male member who sprinkles color on the members of his family.

Day 2 – This is also known as ‘Puno’. On this day Holika’s images are burnt and people even light bonfires to remember the story of Holika and Prahalad. Mothers with their babies take five rounds of the bonfire in a clockwise direction to seek the blessing of the God of fire.

Day 3- This day is known as ‘Parva’ and this is the last and final day of Holi celebrations. On this day colored powder and water is poured on each other.The deities of Radha and Krishna are worshiped and smeared with colors.

Devashish Vaid
Devashish Vaid
Humour, creativity, writing, travel, music and non-stop chattering describe me the best!!! Find me on: Facebook |  Twitter

Subscribe to our magazine

━ more like this

Go Grand This Holi at the Biggest Party In The Town Grand Hyatt Goa

Experience unlimited fun, and experience the festivals of colors like never before. Holi is considered as one of the most revered and celebrated festivals...

Places To Celebrate Holi Traditionally This Year!

You have been celebrating Holi at home and are bored of it? Then, this year do something different. Holi is celebrated almost all over...

Pssst! 10 Expectations On Holi From My Brother And Friends!

Celebrations are celebrations till they are enjoyed. The moment you start getting uncomfortable with the way celebrations are happening, they will become something you...

Fighting Holi Hangover…Here’s A Solution!

Holi and Hangover - these two words beginning with H - are used in one breath most of the times. Don't you think so? Well if...

These Holi Posters Are For The Cheesy Dude In You!

Well, being cheesy is also being creative, but at times one fails to maintain the limits. So we bring you the posters which you...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here