Holi Myths | The Legend Behind Festival of Colours Holi
We all know that holi is one of the most important ancient Hindu festival, which later became popular among non-Hindu communities as well So we need to know the Holi Myths, Spring season comes with Basant panchami on the Hindu calendar and Holi is also in Spring. The festival of Holi is celebrated on the full moon of the month of Phalgun.
This the most favorite festival of youngsters. Holi will be played everywhere across the country. In some parts of India, farmers celebrate this festival in the joy of producing a good crop.
This festival of Holi starts from the evening of Holika Dahan on the last day of Phagun and on the next morning. everyone meets with hugs and colors and embellishes each other. This Holi festival is festival of happiness love and victory of unity over evil. Holi makes nature and atmosphere so beautiful and colorful. Holi Myths are popular.
Reason behind Why is holi celebrated-
Holi derives its name from Holika. According to Bhagvata Purana, Holika -the sister of the mythical megalomaniac king Hiranyakashipu – who commanded everyone to worship him. he consider himself as a god and want everyone to worship him only but his son became the devotee of Lord Vishnu and Prahlada refused his ordered. Prahalad keep on worshipping the lord Vishnu, he believed that lord vishnu will help him. Hiranyakashipu couldn’t be killed by a human or an animal.
Hiranyakashipu ordered his sister Holika to kill Prahlada. She enters the fire as desired by her brother along with Prahlad. But instead of Prahlad, it was Holika who died, and the Vishnu devotee child Prahlada was completely safe. At that time Lord Vishnu took the avatar of Narasimha – a half human, half lion and killed Hiranyakashipu. From that day on, people burn Holi remembering Prahlad’s devotion towards God.
According to another legend. Krishna was fill jealous of Radha’s fair complexion since he himself was very dark. One day, Krishna complained to his mother Yashoda about the injustice of nature which made Radha so fair and he so dark. So mother asked him to go and colour Radha’s face in whichever colour he wanted. from that time the holi evolved as a tradition.
Today, synthetic colours are used so be careful to play holi. you can take some simple pre-holi tip and make your holi happy.