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Story time: Why festival of colours was named 'Holi'

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Once upon a time, there was a demon king called Hiranyakashyap, who ruled over earth
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Once upon a time, there was a demon king called Hiranyakashyap, who ruled over earth

He wanted all his subjects to worship him
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He wanted all his subjects to worship him

But to his disappointment, his own son Prahlad became a devotee of Lord Vishnu!
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But to his disappointment, his own son Prahlad became a devotee of Lord Vishnu!

This made Hiranyakashyap furious
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This made Hiranyakashyap furious

He tried to kill Prahlad by crushing him under an elephant's foot, and even throwing him off a cliff
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He tried to kill Prahlad by crushing him under an elephant's foot, and even throwing him off a cliff

But Vishnu protected the boy from all his father's attempts
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But Vishnu protected the boy from all his father's attempts

Frustrated, Hiranyakashyap finally turned to his sister Holika
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Frustrated, Hiranyakashyap finally turned to his sister Holika

Holika was blessed with a boon that allowed her to enter fire and come out unharmed
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Holika was blessed with a boon that allowed her to enter fire and come out unharmed

So she asked little Prahlad to sit on a pyre with her. But for the boon to work, Holika needed to enter the fire alone
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So she asked little Prahlad to sit on a pyre with her. But for the boon to work, Holika needed to enter the fire alone

Holika was burnt to ashes, while Prahlad - who had been chanting Vishnu's name - emerged unhurt!
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Holika was burnt to ashes, while Prahlad - who had been chanting Vishnu's name - emerged unhurt!

Thus, Holi marks the victory of good over evil, deriving its name from Holika
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Thus, Holi marks the victory of good over evil, deriving its name from Holika

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