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

March 21, 2017 / 06:01 PM IST
Once upon a time, there was a demon king called Hiranyakashyap, who ruled over earth
Once upon a time, there was a demon king called Hiranyakashyap, who ruled over earth
Once upon a time, there was a demon king called Hiranyakashyap, who ruled over earth
He wanted all his subjects to worship him
He wanted all his subjects to worship him
But to his disappointment, his own son Prahlad became a devotee of Lord Vishnu!
But to his disappointment, his own son Prahlad became a devotee of Lord Vishnu!
This made Hiranyakashyap furious
This made Hiranyakashyap furious
He tried to kill Prahlad by crushing him under an elephant's foot, and even throwing him off a cliff
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
But Vishnu protected the boy from all his father's attempts
Frustrated, Hiranyakashyap finally turned to his sister Holika
Frustrated, Hiranyakashyap finally turned to his sister Holika
Holika was blessed with a boon that allowed her to enter fire and come out unharmed
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
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!
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
Thus, Holi marks the victory of good over evil, deriving its name from Holika
Thus, Holi marks the victory of good over evil, deriving its name from Holika
first published: Mar 13, 2017 04:09 pm

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