Today is Chhoti Holi 2018. On this day Holika Dahan is done and the next day Holi is played with colors. Holi is one of the main festival of India, which is also called the festival of Colours. According to the Hindu calendar, it is celebrated on the full moon day in Phalgun month. Like other festivals in the country, Holi is also considered a symbol of victory of good over evil. The sound of the drum and the loud speakers of the house are accompanied by sharp music playing with the joy of throwing water and putting colour on each other. Many ancient mythology is associated with Holi and every tale is special in itself.
Holi is mention in the Mughal period.
It is believed that Holi is played from ancient times. This festival was initially known as Holakka. On this day, Arya used to perform Navratrishna Yajna. In the period of Mughal ruler Shah Jahan, Holi was addressed as Id-e-Gulabi.
Story of Lord Shiva and Parvati on Holi 2018
In the mythology, Himalaya daughter Parvati wanted get married with Lord Shiva but Shiva was absorbed in his penance. Kamadeva came for Parvati’s help and broke the penance of Lord Shiva by running the love bow.
Lord Shiva became angry and he opened his third eye. In the flames of his anger, the body of Cupid was consumed. After all these people see Shiv-Parvati combined and worship of Parvati started and Lord Shiva accepts her as his wife. The passionate attraction of the Holi fire is celebrated in a celebration of the victory of true love by symbolically burning it.
Hiranyakashyap story on Holly
While another story is of Hiranyakashyap and his sister Holika. In ancient times, Hiranyakshyap attained the boon of being immortalized by Lord Brahma. He had asked Brahma in boon that he could not kill any creatures, goddesses, monsters or humans in the world, night, day, earth, sky, house, or outside.
During that time Prahlad, who had immense faith in God, was born like a devotee. Prahlad was the supreme devotee of Lord Vishnu and he received the grace of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap had ordered everyone that they should not praise anybody other than him. On accepting Prahlad, Hiranyakaship tried to kill him. He tried several measures to kill Prahlad, but he always survived. Hiranyakaship’s sister Holika got the boon that she is resistant to fire. Hiranyakaship planned to burn him with fire with the help of her sister Holika. And Holika took Prahalad to the fire.But miraculously Prahlad survived and Holika was burnt alive. Since then the festival of Holi is celebrated.
The festival of Holi is also associated with the love story of Radha and Krishna. In this fascinating season of spring, coloring on each other is considered to be part of their lila. On Holi, Vrindavan is dipped in the same color of Radha and Krishna.
Apart from this Holi is considered to be one of the ancient Hindu festivals. There is evidence that the festival of Holi is celebrated many centuries before the birth of Christ. Holi sculptures have also been found on the temples of ancient India. There is a 16th century temple in Vijayanagara’s capital Hampi. There are several scenes of Holi in this temple, in which the prince, princess is putting each other apart with their slaves.