L&C-Silhouette Subscribe
The L&C-Silhouette Basket
L&C-Silhouette Basket
A hand-picked basket of cherries from the world of most talked about books and popular posts on creative literature, reviews and interviews, movies and music, critiques and retrospectives ...
to enjoy, ponder, wonder & relish!
 

Holi’s Colourful Legends

March 3, 2014 | By

Hiranyakashipu received a boon from Lord Brahma that made him immortal. This boon made him arrogant and he felt he was God, and urged people to worship him.

Colors, dance, music, sweets and bhaang!

It is time for Holi – the festival of colors that heralds the arrival of spring. This ancient Hindu festival has been celebrated since ages in India. People celebrate Holi with much fervor and glee. This unique festival of colours has several legends in its roots.

The Legend of Prahalad’s Victory Over Holika

The word “Holi” is derived from “Holika” – the evil sister of Hiranyakashipu, the king of demons.  Hiranyakashipu received a boon from Lord Brahma that made him immortal.

This boon and power made him arrogant and began forbidding people from believing in the divine power. Instead he felt he was God, and urged people to worship him.

However his own son – Prahalad defied him. He was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. After several failed attempts to dissuade his son from worshiping Lord Vishnu,  Hiranyakashipu finally took the help of his sister Holika who was blessed with a cloak (shawl) that made her immune to any harm from fire.

He asked Prahalad to sit on a pyre in Holika’s lap. As the flames grew hotter, the shawl flew from Holika and instead enveloped Prahalad. Holika burned and died whereas Prahalad survived. Since then, Holi is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil.

The Legend of the Divine Love of Radha and Krishna

In Mathura and Vrindavan especially, Holi is celebrated to mark the love of Radha and Krishna. It is said, that when Lord Krishna was young, he often complained to his mother Yashoda about his dark skin against Radha’s fair complexion.

So mother Yashoda suggested to him that he could smear color on Radha’s face and change her complexion to his liking. This playful smearing of colours on friends led to the festival of colors.

The Legend of Lord Shiva and Kamadev

Another legend goes that Lord Shiva burnt Kamadev into ashes when he tried to end Shiva’s penance. On the plea of Kamadev’s wife Rati, Lord Shiva restored him but only in an invisible form. This legend is especially popular in South India and sandalwood paste is offered to Kamadev on Holi.

Holi is celebrated with different traditions in different states. But the spirit of the Holi remains the same – full of fervor and gaiety..!!

 

Prahlad: Full Movie for Kids

 


Holi Unveils Shopping Bonanza, Checkout these colorful products

Gun Shape Water Gun
Original Price: Rs 240
Offer Price: Rs 199
Green Herbal Holi Color
Offer Price: Rs 199
Water Balloons With Color And Pichkaari
Original Price: Rs 1,100
Offer Price: Rs 795
Natural Non Toxic Holi Colors
Original Price: Rs 300
Offer Price: Rs 195
Colorful Gulal Hamper
Original Price: Rs 1,049
Offer Price: Rs 699
Holi Colors with Chocolates
Original Price: Rs 1,899
Offer Price: Rs 1,249
Creative Writing

Got a poem, story, musing or painting you would like to share with the world? Send your creative writings and expressions to editor@learningandcreativity.com

Learning and Creativity publishes articles, stories, poems, reviews, and other literary works, artworks, photographs and other publishable material contributed by writers, artists and photographers as a friendly gesture. The opinions shared by the writers, artists and photographers are their personal opinion and does not reflect the opinion of Learning and Creativity emagazine. Images used in the posts (not including those from Learning and Creativity's own photo archives) have been procured from the contributors themselves, public forums, social networking sites, publicity releases, Morguefile free photo archives and Creative Commons. Please inform us if any of the images used here are copyrighted, we will pull those images down.

Learning & Creativity is your one stop resource for all that is associated with encouraging learning and creativity in children, teens and even adults. Learning & Creativity offers the finest literary works, tips, advice, art work, art supplies, books, book reviews, movie info… and more!
All Posts of Learning And Creativity Desk

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 

Today’s Motivation

<div class=at-above-post addthis_tool data-url=https://learningandcreativity.com/carve-luck-hardwork/></div>Success is an outcome of hardwork and sincere efforts, not the luck.<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class=at-below-post addthis_tool data-url=https://learningandcreativity.com/carve-luck-hardwork/></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->
Success is an outcome of hardwork and sincere efforts, not the luck.