HOLI – THE FESTIVAL OF NEW BEGINNING
The Spring season has started and here comes the much famous and vibrant festival Holi. Holi is a Prominent Hindu Festival, which is celebrated during the beginning of the Spring season. The season gracefully adds its Colour to the world as it brings the renewal of Nature’s elements after a stormy monsoon season and Up the spirits of every individual as the same way Holi does.
THE STORY BEHIND HOLI
The story behind Holi, has different versions. But the main talked version is the Extermination of Holika. Holika, who is the sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu, agreed to the conspiracy of taking his son Prahalad to the blazing fire and turn him into ashes.
The reason behind the merciless plot is, Prahalad from his young age, became an ardent devotee of God Vishnu. Seeing his son’s devotion and respect to the God Vishnu rather than himself, maddened Hiranyakashipu to the extreme. Thus he decided to put an end to his own son’s life, as he did to everyone, who disobeyed him.
So Holika, who had a grand wish of ‘No Fire could bring her, her death’, confidently put her brother’s plan in action. She sat inside the bonfire and made the young Prahalad to sit on her lap. Then the very next moment, bonfire was lit, soon turning the place as an inferno. As usual, young Prahalad in a calm and composed way, started to chant his God name and said nothing else.
The true devotion of Prahalad, saved him from the Fire, while the same engulfed the evil minded Holika for the misuse of the power. Thus people celebrate the evening of the day before Holi, as Holika Dahan. I.e The Extermination of Holika.
The evening see, people creating a large Bonfire and throwing unwanted and unnecessary things to get rid of them, from their life. Also it means, in this auspicious event, they should shed all kinds of negativity from their mind and soul and destroy it. The reason for the event is to celebrate Fire, which destroyed the unholy and unrighteousness.
The very next Day people use Colours, to enjoy its true spirit of renewing their soul and mind. Also to rejoice the death of the Evil and the renewal of Dharma.
JKL Team wishes you all, to have a colourful and vibrant Holi, practising the same. Let the true spirit of Colours stay with you.