Holi Holi is a very popular and joyous festival in India. People play Holi with Chandan and Gulal. This festival is celebrated every yea...

Holi

Holi

Holi is a very popular and joyous festival in India. People play Holi with Chandan and Gulal. This festival is celebrated every year in the beginning of March. People believe that the bright colors of Holi are indicative of energy, vibrancy and joy. Holika Dahan is done in large quantities on the eve of Holi and people worship Agni.


Story of Holika Dahan Holika Dahan Ki Kahani in Hindi
According to a legend associated with Prahlada, the festival of Holi started since then. Prahlada was a child dedicated to God, but his father did not believe in God. He was a very proud and arrogant king. So the story proceeds in such a way that Prahlada's father was an atheist king and his son used to chant the name of God all the time. Due to this, he wanted to teach his son a lesson. He made all efforts to convince his son, but there was no change in Prahlada. When he could not replace Prahlada, they thought of killing him. So he enlisted the help of one of his sisters. His sister had the blessing that if she takes anyone in her lap and enters the fire, then she herself will have nothing but the person sitting on her lap will be consumed. The king's sister's name was Holika. Holika sat on her lap to burn Prahlada, but in the place of Prahlada she burnt herself and, chanting "Hari एवं" and being devoted to God, Prahlada was protected from fire and came out safely. .

In some villages people pass through coals and they have nothing, there is no blister / blisters on their feet! There is a lot of power in faith. Faith contributes to life. Holika combustion has an effect on the coming monsoon.

Holika is an indicator of the burden of the past which wanted to burn Prahlada's inferiority. But Prahlada, deeply associated with Narayan devotion, destroyed all the old rites and then with new colors, anandas emerged. Life becomes a celebration. Leaving the past we move towards a new beginning. Our emotions burn us like fire, but when the fountain of colors burst, then there is attraction in our life. In ignorance, emotions are like a burden, while in knowledge the same emotions fill color in life. All emotions are related to one color like red color with anger, greenish color, yellow with pulsing or happiness, pink with love, blue color with greatness, white peace and saffron with satisfaction / sacrifice and purple knowledge. joined. Know the essence of the festival and enjoy Holi in knowledge.

Why is Holi celebrated and what does it teach.
Life should be full of colors! Each color is designed for different viewing and enjoyment. If all the colors are mixed together then they all look black. All colors of red, yellow, green etc. should be different, but at the same time we should also enjoy them together. Similarly, the roles played by a person in life should be peaceful and separate within them. For example, if someone starts playing his "father" role in the office too, God is the master. But sometimes leaders in our country think first by becoming father and then by becoming leader.

Whatever situation we are in, we should give our contribution 100 percent and then our life will be full of colors! This concept has been called "Varnashrama" in ancient India. It means - every person - whether it is a doctor, teacher, father or anything else, is expected to play that role with full enthusiasm. Merging businesses has the opposite effect on productivity. If a doctor wants to do business, then he should do a separate business and not make medicine his business, instead of giving priority to his doctor's profession. Keeping these different characters of the mind separate and separate is the secret of a happy life and this is what Holi teaches us.

All the colors originate in white color but when all these colors are mixed together they turn into black color. Different colors and roles are born when our mind is bright and consciousness pure, calm, happy and meditative. We actually get the power to play all our roles. We must dive into our consciousness again and again. If we only look outside and play with the surrounding colors, we will be forced to find darkness all around us. To play all our roles with full devotion and sincerity, we have to take a deep rest between the roles. Desires are the biggest factor inhibiting deep relaxation. Desires are a sign of stress. Even small / trivial desire gives great stress. Big goals often give less worries! Sometimes desires also torture the mind.

The only way is to take care of desires and dedicate them. Being attentive to desires or deeds or meditating is called "Kamakshi". Reflexion reduces the grip of desires, and surrenders easily, and then the nectar stream explodes within. The goddess "Kamakshi" holds the cane in one hand and a flower in the other. Sugarcane is very hard and has to be squeezed to get its sweetness. While the flower is soft and it is very easy to extract the juice from it. Actually the same thing happens in life. Life is a mixture of these two!


15 interesting facts related to Holi


Fact No. 1: Holi, a festival celebrated in the spring, is one of the major festivals in India.

Fact No. 2: Apart from India, it is celebrated with great pomp in Nepal and other Indian diaspora countries.



Fact No. 3: According to the Hindu calendar, this festival is celebrated on the full moon of Phalgun month.

Fact No. 4: Holi festival is also known as Holi, Holika and Holaka.

Fact No. 5: This festival of colors is mainly celebrated for two days.

Fact No. 6: Holika is burnt on the first day. Which is also called Holika Dahan.

Fact No. 7: On the second day, people apply color and abir-roses to each other, which is called Dhurddi and Dhulivandan.

Fact No. 8: People go from house to house on this day and offer Holi to each other.

Fact No. 9: It is believed that on this day most people forget their enmity and enmity and become Holi friends of each other. This festival is a sign of mutual love.

Fact No. 10: This festival falls in the month of Phalgun, due to which many people also call it Phalguni.

Fact No. 11: Holi of Vraj, Mathura, Vrindavan and Barsane Lattmar Holi and Shrinathji, Kashi etc. are very famous in India.

Fact No. 12: Holi, played in many parts of India, is celebrated for five days.

Fact No. 13: Many people defame the festival of Holi with their wrong intentions. On this day many people create hoodlung by drinking cannabis and alcohol. Many stray boys molest girls in the name of Holi. We should avoid these wrong habits ourselves and those who do this action should also be taught a lesson.

Fact No. 14: Holi festival is associated with the religious story of Prahlada, Hiranyakashyap and Holika.

Fact No. 15: People should use colors properly in Holi. Colors made of chemical should always be avoided.
Holi is an important Indian and Nepalese festival celebrated in the spring. This festival is celebrated on the full moon of Phalgun month according to the Hindu calendar. This festival called the festival of colors is traditionally celebrated for two days. It is prominently celebrated in uyhhu India and Nepal. The festival is also celebrated in many other countries where minority Hindus live. [1] Holika is lit on the first day, also known as Holika Dahan. On the second day, which is mainly Dhulendi and Dhurdi, Dhurkhel or Dhulivandan is its other name, people throw colors, abir-gulal etc. on each other, singing the songs of Holi by playing the dhol and people go door to door is. It is believed that on Holi day people forget the old bitterness and embrace and become friends again. The round of playing and playing each other lasts till noon. After bathing and resting, after wearing new clothes, people go to meet each other in the evening, hug and feed them sweets.

History

Holi is a very ancient festival of India which was celebrated under the name Holi, Holika or Holaka [6]. It is also called Vasantotsav and Kama-Mahotsav because it is celebrated with joy in the spring.


Radha-Shyam Gop and Gopis Holi
Historians believe that this festival was prevalent among Aryans but mostly it was celebrated only in eastern India. The description of this festival is found in many ancient religious books. Prominent among these are the Mimamsa-Sutra and the Katha Garhaya-Sutra of Jaimini. This festival is also mentioned in ancient manuscripts and texts of Puranas like Narada Purana and Bhavishya Purana. It is also mentioned in a 300-year-old inscription located at Ramgarh place in the Vindhya region. Vasant Ritu and Vasantotsav have been the favorite subjects of many poets in Sanskrit literature.

The famous Muslim tourist Alberuni has also described Holikotsav in his historical travel memoirs. Many Muslim poets of India have mentioned in their works that Holikotsav is celebrated not only by Hindus but also by Muslims. The pictures of the most authentic history are of the Mughal period and the stories of Holi in this period are curious. There is a description of Akbar playing Holi with Jodha Bai and Jahangir with Nur Jahan. A portrait of the Alwar Museum depicts Jahangir playing Holi. [7] By the time of Shah Jahan, the style of playing Holi had changed. History states that in Shah Jahan's time, Holi was called Eid-e-Pink or Ab-e-Pashi (barrage of colors). [8] The last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah is famous about Zafar as his minister on Holi. They used to go for coloring. [9] A detailed description of Holi is also found in Krishna's pastimes depicted in medieval Hindi literature.

Apart from this, pictures of this festival are found on the walls of ancient paintings, frescoes and temples. A delightful portrait of Holi is engraved on an easel of the 17th century in the capital of Hampi, the capital of Vijayanagar. In this picture, the princes and princesses are shown coloring their colors including Holi with the maidens and the couple in the color of Holi. Vasant Ragini is the subject of a picture figure of 16th century Ahmednagar. In this picture, a couple from the royal family is shown swinging in the garden. Together many servants are busy playing dance-songs and colors. They are coloring each other with squeakers. Live images of Holi can be seen in the frescoes and figures of medieval Indian temples. For example, it depicts Maharana with his courtiers in a 16th-century Mewar artwork. The ruler is giving gifts to some people, the dancer is dancing and there is a pool of color in the middle of it all. A miniature painting from Bundi shows the king seated on an ivory throne with women gulling on his cheeks. 

Stories
Main article: Holi stories

The killing of Hiranyakashipu by Lord Narsingh
Many stories are associated with the festival of Holi. The most famous of these is the story of Prahlada. It is believed that in ancient times there was a very powerful asura named Hiranyakashipu. In the strength of his strength, he started believing himself to be God. He banned the name of God in his kingdom. Prahlad, the son of Hiranyakashipu, was a god devotee. Enraged by Prahlada's devotion to God, Hiranyakashipu gave him many harsh punishments, but he did not leave the path of devotion to God. Hiranyakashipu's sister Holika had the boon that she could not be consumed in the fire. Hiranyakashipu ordered Holika to sit in the fire with Prahlad on his lap. Holika got burnt while sitting in the fire, but Prahlad survived. Holi is lit on this day in memory of the devotee Prahlada. [11] Symbolically it is also believed that Prahlada means joy. The Holika (burning wood) symbol of hatred and oppression burns and Prahlad (bliss), a symbol of love and joy, remains intact.

Apart from the legend of Prahlada, this festival is also associated with the rebirth of the demonic Dhoondi, Radha Krishna's Ras and Kamadeva. [13] Some believe that by wearing colors, dancing and singing in Holi, people disguise the ganas of Shiva. And make the scene of Shiva's procession. Some people also believe that Lord Krishna killed a demon named Pootana on this day. It was in this happiness that the Gopis and the Gwals played the Raslila and played the color. 

the traditions

Like the festival of Holi, its traditions are also very ancient and its form and purpose has changed over time. In ancient times it was celebrated by married women for family happiness and prosperity and it was a tradition to worship the full moon. In the Vedic period, this festival was called Navatraishti Yajna. At that time, the law of taking prasad by donating the half-grain of the field in a yagna was prevalent in the society. The grain is called Hola, from which it got its name Holikotsav. According to Indian astrology, New Year is also considered to be the beginning of Chaitra Shudi Pratipada. It is only after this festival that the month of Chaitra begins. Hence, this festival is also a symbol of the beginning of the New Year and the transition of peace. On this day the first man Manu was born, hence it is called Manwadithithi.


Holika Dahan

The first task of Holi is to wear a flag or a stick. It is buried in the yard of a public place or home. Holika fire is gathered near this place. All these preparations start long before Holi. FestivalThe first day of Holika is called the day of combustion. On this day, Holi is lit at intersections and wherever wood is collected for fire. It mainly consists of wood and dung cake. There is also a tradition of burning Bharbholi  in Holika at many places. Bharbholi are such cow dung cakes with holes in the middle. Garland is made by putting a rope of mustache in this hole. A garland has seven bharabholis. Holi is thrown around the head of the brothers seven times before throwing fire in Holi. This garland is burnt with Holika at the time of Holika Dahan at night. This means that along with Holi, the evil eye on the brothers is also burnt.  This Holi, made of wood and stools, duly starts worshiping from noon. Homemade dishes are offered here. Holi is burnt on a Muhurta drawn by astrologers on the day of the fall. In this fire, wheat ears of new crop and gram gram gram are also roasted. The burning of Holika symbolizes the end of all evils of society. It signifies the victory of good over evil. In villages, people sing Holi songs and dance till late night.

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