Holika Dahan

Holika or Holi is celebrated as a festival representing the victory of good over evil. Holika Dahan or chhoty Holi:

Holy scriptures such as Narad Purana and Vishnu Purana are full of interesting stories about the festival of victory. A well-known demon king named Hiranyakashipu had a son, Prahlad, who became a great and faithful devotee of Lord Vishnu. King Hiranyakashipu couldn’t not tolerate his son’s devotion towards Vishnu, and called his demon sister Holika to kill Prahlad. Holika had a divine gift that fire could not burn her, so she suggested that she would sit with Prahlad in a fire. Because of her boon and the magical clothing she’d adorn, the fire would not do anything to her, but it would burn Prahlad. However, when it was time and Prahlad was made to sit on Holika’s lap, he began to utter Vishnu’s name, and chant, “Om Namo Narayanay”.

The pyre was set on fire but owing to Vishnu’s grace and love for his young devotee, the fire burned the demon Holika while her magical clothing saved Prahlad from the fire. 

Holika died in that fire and this instance was taken as a sign of the triumph and victory of good over evil.

Holika Dahan is celebrated by burning the bonfire the night before holi.The fire burnt on the eve of Holi signifies the victory of good over evil,happiness over grief and devotion to do the right thing

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Published by Anita Vij

A caring mother of 2. A loving wife. An aspiring individual who wishes to share her life-long learnings with the rest of the world.

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