Holi is that time of the year, when people forgets their mutual differences of opinions, commemorates victory and establishes goodness over evil with great vibrancy, enthusiasm and lot of fun. However, there are a lot of mythological significance associated with the celebration of Holi festival. Let’s check out here.
1. Holika Dahan
This is perhaps the foremost legend associated with the celebration of Holi. It involves a devil, Hiranyakashyap. He considered himself the God. And, he wished that everybody would worship him. He had a son, Prahlad. However, Prahlad was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap instructed Holika, his sister to take Prahlad in the lap and enter the blazing fire to kill Prahlad. However, the extreme devotion of little Prahlad saved his life while Holika died in the fire. And from there comes the legend of bonfire known as Holika Dahan, which is celebrated the night before the celebration with colors.
2. Raas Leela
The term, “Raas Leela” signifies the Dance of Passion. It is the love struck dance that Lord Krishna did with his beloved, Radha and the smitten gopis in the garden of Vrindavan on the full moon night of the Phalguna month. It is an immortal dance, which signifies exuberance, joy, pure love and happiness. The intense pure love of Radha Krishna and their love story has thus become inseparable with this festival of love, Holi.
3. Ogress Pootana
This is another mythological legend associated with Holi, festival of colors. Lord Krishna had a devil uncle, Kansa, who wanted to kill him right when Krishna was an infant. He sent an ogress, Pootana to kill the infant by feeding him the poisonous milk. But, infant Krishna killed the ogress right at that age and thus, The Holi festival is celebrated to celebrate the victory of goodness and defeat of evil.
4. Kama Dahanam
Lord Kaam Deva, the Lord of passion and love brought back Lord Shiva from his deep meditation after his wife, Goddess Sati gave up her life. Lord Kaam Deva knew that he might have to face a huge consequence for doing this, But, he sacrificed himself for bringing back Lord Shiva once again. But, as soon as Lord Shiva came back from meditation, he was furious and Lord Kaam Deva was simply burned to ashes. Then, Rati, wife of Lord Kaam Deva pleaded Lord Shiva to revive the life of Lord Kaam Deva. And, Lord Shiva was pleased with Rati’s dedication and love, granted her the life of Kaam Deva. Thus, people of South India celebrate Holi to commemorate the extreme sacrifice of the Lord of passion and love, Kaam Deva.
5. Ogress Dhundi
Last but not the least, this is yet another mythological significance attached with this season of colors. There was an ogress, Dhundhi. She got some boons from Lord Shiva that she is invincible. And, started eating children of a village. However, her actions and abuse did not let her boons work. Some boys of the villages were drunk and got rowdy. They followed Dhundhi by calling out the abuses and beating drums and made her to leave the village. Thus, the festival is associated with loudness, rowdiness and celebration.
All these mythological legends are associated with the celebration of colors. These legends help today’s modern world to remember the virtues of good conduct, love, goodness, honesty. Thus, Holi is just not a celebration. It’s a way to pay tribute to all the sacrifices, true love, dedication and purity of heart. Celebrate this Holi with loads of fun and love with your loved ones. Enjoy!!