A day before Holi, Holika Dhan is celebrated. Holi is usually celebrated on the next day of Holika Dahan. It is also known as Holi Deep and Holika Deepak . The festival of Holi is celebrated as the defeat of the evil and the victory of good.There is an interesting story behind celebrating Holi.
Today, we will tell you everything you wanted to know about Holika Dahan.
Story of Holika Dahan
It is said that King Hirayankashyap had ordered his subjects to worship him instead of God. He made an announcement that he will kill those who found worshipping Lord Vishnu
But his son Prahlad was the ultimate devotee of Lord Vishnu. He did not obey his father’s orders and always kept his faith in God.
While he was in his mother Kayadu’s womb, he had heard about the greatness of Lord Vishnu through Narada.
When Hiranyakashyap came to know about this , he asked the royal priest to take care that Prahlad would stop worshipping Lord Vishnu. But nothing worked and pupil at the royal priest’s ashram were also influenced by Prahlad.
He ordered guards to give poison to Prahlad but but he did not die. Then Hiranyakashyap ordered that Prahlad must be tied to a large rock and thrown into the sea. But the ropes that bound Prhlad came free and he walked out of the sea-waters reciting Lord Vishnu’s name.
Hiranyakashyap became very angry and decided to punish his son. After that Prahlad was made to sit on a burning pyre with the help of Holika ( Hiranyakaship’s sister).
Holika, was once blessed by Lord Brahma that she will not be harmed by fire ever in her life. She had a shawl (cloth), which would protect her. She was asked by her brother to be seated in the flames with Prahlad to kill him.
However, as soon as the fire soared, the blessed shawl of Holika fluttered away to cover Prahlad. In this way, Prahlad lived and Holika burnt and died. Thus, Holi derives its name from Holika and is celebrated as the triumph of a devotee and good over evil.
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