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Tuesday, 11 February 2020

HISTORY OF HOLI



HISTORY OF HOLI

THE CELEBRATION OF HOLI IS EXTREMELY ANCIENT IN ITS ORIGIN. AND BY ITS VERY ORIGIN, IT CELEBRATES AN ULTIMATE TRIUMPH OF THE 'GOOD' OVER THE 'EVIL'. WHILE, A FEAST OF COLOURS RELATED TO THE HOLI, IS THAT THE FACE OF THIS CELEBRATION, THE FIRST REASON OF CELEBRATING HOLI, LIES IN ITS SOUL. AND THIS PROVIDES US THE 'WHY' OF THIS ANCIENT FESTIVAL.

LITERALLY "HOLI" SIGNIFIES "BURNING" IN INDIAN LANGUAGE. BUT, HOW IT CAME TO BE RELATED TO 'BURNING', MAY BE A STORY. THE REFERENCE IS FOUND ONLY IN ANCIENT INDIAN MYTHOLOGY. AND IT'S THE LEGEND OF HIRANYAKASHIPU, TO WHOM THE CELEBRATION OF HOLI IS ASSOCIATED.

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WAY BACK WITHIN THE PRE-CHRISTIAN ERA, THERE LIVED A DEMON KING NAMED HIRANYAKASHIPU IN ANCIENT INDIA. HE WANTED TO AVENGE THE DEATH OF HIS YOUNGER BROTHER. THE BROTHER, ALSO A DEMON, HAD BEEN KILLED BY LORD VISHNU, ONE AMONG THE SUPREME TRIO, MONITORING THE LIFE AND DEATH WITHIN THE UNIVERSE, (ACCORDING TO THE HINDU BELIEF). TO REQUIRE ON VISHNU, THE TYRANT KING WANTED TO BECOME THE KING OF THE HEAVEN, EARTH AND THEREFORE THE UNDERWORLD. HE PERFORMED SEVERE PENANCE AND PRAYER FOR SEVERAL YEARS TO REALIZE ENOUGH POWER. FINALLY HE WAS GRANTED A BOON. POWERED BY THE BOON, HIRANYAKSHIPU THOUGHT HE HAD BECOME INVINCIBLE. ARROGANT, HE ORDERED BEAT HIS KINGDOM TO WORSHIP HIM, RATHER THAN GOD. THE DEMON KING, HOWEVER, HAD A REALLY YOUNG SON, NAMED PRAHALAD. HE WAS A FANATICAL DEVOTEE OF VISHNU. DESPITE HIS FATHER'S ORDER, PRAHALAD CONTINUED TO WISH TO VISHNU. THEREFORE THE DEMON KING WANTED TO KILL HIS SON. HE ASKED THE FAVOR OF HIS SISTER HOLIKA WHO, DUE TO A BOON, WAS RESISTANT TO FIRE. THEY PLANNED THAT PRAHALAD WOULD BE BURNED TO DEATH. A PYRE WAS LIT UP AND HOLIKA SAT THEREON , CLUTCHING PRAHALAD. YET, AT THE TOP PRAHALAD EMERGED UNSCATHED BY THE HEARTH , AND HOLIKA, THE DEMON, WAS BURNED TO ASHES. THE EARNEST DEVOTION AND COMPLETE SUBMISSION TO LORD VISHNU SAVEDYOUNG PRAHLAD. THUS WAS THE TRIUMPH OF PRAHLAD, THE REPRESENTATIVE OF EXCELLENT SPIRITS. AND THEREFORE THE DEFEAT OF HOLIKA, THE REPRESENTATIVE OF EVIL. LATER, EVEN THE DEMON KING HIRANYAKASHIPU WAS KILLED BY LORD VISHNU. BUT THAT'S QUITE DIFFERENT STORY. IT'S FROM HOLIKA, THAT THE HOLI ORIGINATED. THIS LEGEND IS RELIVED EVEN TODAY ON THE HOLI-EVE WHEN THE PYRE IS RE-LIT WITHIN THE SORT OF BONFIRES. EVEN TODAY, PEOPLE CELEBRATE THIS OCCASION. HUGE BONFIRES ARE LIT UP PER ANNUM ON THE EVE OF THE COMPLETE MOON NIGHT OF THE HOLI TO BURN THE SPIRIT OF THE EVILS. HENCE THE STORY RELATED TO THE SOUL OF THE CELEBRATION.



NOW, ALLOW US TO CHECK OUT THE FACE OF IT. HOW DID THE CELEBRATION OF HOLI ASSUME A COLOURFUL FACE? WELL, IT'S LINKED TO YET ONE MORE LEGEND, THE LEGENDS OF KRISHNA. THOUGH OF MUCH LATER ORIGIN, STILL, IT HAD BEEN WITHIN THE PRE-CHRISTIAN ERA.

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(4)  HOLI FESTIVAL PREPARATION

(5)  HOLI FESTIVAL 2020

(6)  HOLI FESTIVAL QUOTE IN TWO LINE

(7)  HOLI FESTIVAL TIME 2020 AND 2021

(8)  HOLI PUJA



ACCORDING TO THE HINDU BELIEF, KRISHNA WAS A REINCARNATION OF LORD VISHNU HIMSELF. IT HAD BEEN KRISHNA, OR, KRISHNS, THE KING OF THE TRADITIONAL CITY OF DWARKA, WHO POPULARISED THE TRADITION OF HOLI. THE ORIGIN OF THE COLORFUL AND FROLICKING TONE OF HOLI LIES WITHIN THE BOYHOOD OF KRISHNA. IT ALL CAME UP AS A PART OF HIS PRANKS, HE WONT TO PLAY TOGETHER WITH HIS BOYHOOD MATES OF GOKUL AND VRINDAVAN. SITUATED IN NORTH INDIA, THESE ARE THE PLACES WHERE HE SPENT HIS CHILDHOOD.



IT WAS AT THIS POINT OF YEAR, KRISHNA WONT TO PLAY PRANKS BY DRENCHING THE VILLAGE GIRLS, WITH WATER AND COLOURS . INITIALLY IT OFFENDED THE WOMEN . BUT THEY WERE SO KEEN ON THIS MISCHIEVOUS BOY THAT SOON THEIR ANGER MELTED AWAY. AND, IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG FOR OTHER BOYS TO HITCH IN, MAKING IT A WELL-LIKED SPORT WITHIN THE VILLAGE. LATER, AS KRISHNA GREW UP, THE PLAY ASSUMED A REPLACEMENT DIMENSION. IT ADDED MORE COLORS TO KRISHNA'S LEGENDARY SEXUAL LOVE . THE LEGEND OF KRISHNA'S COURTSHIP WITH RADHA, AND PLAYING PRANKS WITH THE 'GOPI'S. THE WOMEN WITHIN THE 'DAIRY' VILLAGE OF GOKUL WERE MOSTLY MILKMAIDS, AND, HENCE LOCALLY REFERRED TO AS THE GOPIS. AN EQUIVALENT TRADITION HAS TRANSPIRED THROUGH THE AGES, TURNING IT INTO A COMMUNITY FESTIVAL OF THE MASSES. AS TIME KEPT FLOWING, THE CULTURE SPREAD ROOTS TO OTHER REGIONS OF THE COUNTRY. THE HOLI PLAY OF KRISHNA IS DOCUMENTED IN MANY ANCIENT PAINTINGS, MURALS, SCULPTURES AND SCRIPTURES FOUND ACROSS THE SUBCONTINENT.

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(2)  HOLI FESTIVAL WATSAPP STATUS

(3) HOLI FESTIVAL PHOTOS

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(5)  HOLI FESTIVAL 2020

(6)  HOLI FESTIVAL QUOTE IN TWO LINE

(7)  HOLI FESTIVAL TIME 2020 AND 2021

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