Celebration of Happiness, Love, and life through colors...
Bura Na Maano ... Holi Hai !!!
This line defines the essence of holi, forgive and forget and carry on with renewedrelations, with a colorful start just like fresh leaves of spring ..
Holi, the festival of colors which mark the beginning of the spring season, during which the weather changes, is believed to cause viral fever and cold. The playful throwing of natural coloured powders has a medicinal significance: the colours are traditionally made of neem, kumkum, haldi, bilva, and other medicinal herbs prescribed by ayurvedic doctors.
What is Holi ?? How did it come into existence ?
There was once a demon king by the name of Hiranyakashyap who won over the kingdom
of earth. He was so egoistic that he commanded everybody in his kingdom
to worship only him. But to his great disappointment, his son, Prahlad
became an ardent devotee of Lord Naarayana and refused to worship his father.
Hiranyakashyap tried several ways to kill his son Prahlad but Lord Vishnu
saved him every time. Finally, he asked his sister, Holika to enter a
blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap. For, Hiranyakashyap knew that
Holika had a boon, whereby, she could enter the fire unscathed.
Treacherously, Holika coaxed young Prahlad to sit in her lap and she herself took her seat
in a blazing fire. The legend has it that Holika had to pay the price
of her sinister desire by her life. Holika was not aware that the boon
worked only when she entered the fire alone.
who kept chanting the name of Lord Naarayana all this while, came out
unharmed, as the lord blessed him for his extreme devotion.
Thus, Holi derives its name from Holika. And, is celebrated as a festival of victory of good over evil.
is also celebrated as the triumph of a devotee. As the legend depicts
that anybody, howsoever strong, cannot harm a true devotee. And, those
who dare torture a true devotee of god shall be reduced to ashes.
Celebration of Holi !!!
Even today, people enact the scene of 'Holika's burning to ashes' every year to mark the victory of good over evil.
In several states of India,
specially in the north, effigies of Holika are burnt in the huge
bonfires that are lit. There is even a practice of hurling cow dungs
into the fire and shouting obscenities at it as if at Holika. Then
everywhere one hears shouts of 'Holi-hai! Holi-hai!'.
tradition of burning 'Holika' is religiously followed in Gujarat and
Orissa also. Here, people render their gratitude to Agni, the god of
fire by offering gram and stalks from the harvest with all humility.
Further, on the last day of Holi, people take a little fire
from the bonfire to their homes. It is believed that by following this
custom their homes will be rendered pure and their bodies will be free
At several places there is also a tradition of cleaning homes,
removing all dirty articles from around the house and burning them.
Disease-breeding bacteria are thereby destroyed and the sanitary
condition of the locality is improved.
Radha Krishna playing Holi !!!
Kanaji, Lord Shri Krishna has been integral part of our show as Gopi's Kanaji, let us take a sneak peak into how Kanaji used to play Holi with Radha ...
Krishna is known to be very playful and mischievous. The story goes
that as a child, Krishna was extremely jealous of Radha's fair
complexion since he himself was very dark.
day, Krishna complained to his mother Yashoda about the injustice of
nature which made Radha so fair and he so dark. To pacify the crying
young Krishna, the doting mother asked him to go and colour Radha's face
in whichever colour he wanted.
a mischievous mood, naughty Krishna heeded the advice of mother Yashoda
and applied colour on her beloved Radha's face; Making her one like
Well, there is also a
legend to explain Krishna's dark complexion. It so happened that once a
demon attempted to kill infant Krishna by giving him poisoned milk.
Because of which Krishna turned blue. But Krishna did not die and the
demon shriveled up into ashes.
beautiful scene of Krishna's prank in which he played colour with Radha
and other gopis has been made alive in myriad forms in a number of
paintings and murals.
here is a beautiful song where Kanaji asks his mother about his dark skin color
Somehow, the lovable prank of Krishna where he applied colour on Radha and other gopis using water jets called pichkaris gained acceptance and popularity. So much so that it evolved as a tradition and later, a full-fledged festival.
date, use of colours and pichkaris is rampant in Holi. Lovers long to
apply colour on their beloveds face and express their affection for each
This legend is wonderfully
brought alive each year all over India, particularly in Mathura,
Vrindavan, Barsana and Nandgaon-the places associated with Krishna and
fact, the entire country gets drenched in the colour waters when it is
time for Holi and celebrate the immortal love of Krishna and Radha.
some states of India, there is also a tradition to place the idols of
Radha and Krishna in a decorated palanquin, which is then carried along
the main streets of the city. All this while, devotees chant Krishna's
name, sing devotional hymns and dance in the name of the lord.