History of Holi Festival | Interesting Stories Related to Holi Celebration

History of Holi Festival | Holi Kyu Manaya Jata Hai: India has a wide range of beautiful festivals and among all Holi is very unique and favorite of all the people of India as Holi is color festival. So question arise iin our curious minds that why we celebrate Holi festival and what are the legends behind the holi celebration. So we have created this post of Holi History to increase the knowledge of your Holi festival. Earlier, we have shared some of the details in the Holi Essay.


Holi History:

So Holi celebration has related several legends connected to it. There are certain legends about Holi history like:
  • Hiranyakashipu - Holika and Prahalada's story
  • Krishna and devil Putana story
  • Shiva and Kamadeva story

1] Hiranyakashipu - Holika and Prahalada's story

This is the most famous story and probably the perfect reason to celebrate the festival of Holi. This story is described in many Indian ancient books and puranas like Bhagvata Purana. Hiranyakashipu was the king of Asura and he was very powerful.

Hiranyakashipu was blessed by God, a very unique boon, of 5 safety rules. They are as : He could not be killed by man or by animal. Not inside the house or outside the house, Not in the day or not in the night, Not on the land or not in the water and final was not by the astra, projectile weapon or not by the any shastra, handeled weapon.


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Holi History : Legend of Holika Dahan

Getting this kind of powerful boon from God, Hiranyakashipu was believing himself a God. He made everyone stop worshiping Lord Vishnu and forced people to worship only him. But Hiranyakashipu challenged in his own house and by his own blood.

Hiranyakashipu had a son, named Prahalada. Prahalada was the great devotee of Lord Vishnu and he was taking name of Lord Vishnu every time. Arrogant Hiranyakashipu tried all the possible way to stop Prahalada by taking the name of Lord Vishnu, but he failed every time.

So by losing all the hope of Prahalada's devotee towards Vishnu, Hiranyakashipu decided to kill his own son. Hiranyakashipu called his sister named Holika. Holika was also gifted a boon by God and was arrogant too. 

Holika had a cloak, which was protecting her by fire. Both brother and sister decided to kill Prahalada by burning him in fire. They decided to sit Prahalada on  pyre with Holika. When fire was applied, Prahalada was taking name of Lord Vishnu continuously. 

Now, when fire got big and roared, the cloak of Holika flew away and encased on body of Prahalada. So Prahalada survived from fire while Holika burned. To restore people's belief in Dharma, Lord Vishnu took Narshimha avatar.

Narshimha avatar was half human and half lion. He killed Hiranyakashipu at dusk, neither day nor night. The place was doorsteps, neither inside nor outside. Hiranuakashipu was placed in Narshimha's lap, neither land nor water and killed him by lion claws, neither astra nor shastra.

The bonfire of Holika is the significance of victory of good over evil and from that day Holi is celebrated. Holika was killed by fire so Holi is also known as Holika Dahan.

2] Krishna and devil Putana story

Lord Krishna was born in jail but grew up in the Braj area of India. When Krishna was child, his uncle sent lady demon named Putana to kill him. Putana poisoned little Krishna with her breast milk. Krishna killed Putana but poisonous effect of milk made Krishna skin dark.

While Krishna grew up, he wanted to marry Radha. But Radha was very beautiful and Krishna was Shyam (dark). Krishna asked his mother and his mother suggested him to ask Radha to colour his face in any colour she liked and wanted. Radha does this and they became couple.

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Holi History : Radha Krishna Legend

From that day, the colored faces of Radha and Krishna became the symbol of love and the festival of Holi, festival of color started being celebrated. Earlier this festival was celebrated as Rangapanchami in remembrance of divine love of Radha and Krishna.

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3] Lord Shiva and Kamadeva's story

Holi celebration is also connected with Lord Shiva. According to legends, Shiva was in yogic meditation since long time. Parvati was wanted to bring Shiva back with her but it was very hard task to take Shiva bring back from the meditation.

Parvati asked to help Kamadeva. Kamadeva was the God of Love and  he decided to help goddess Parvati. On Basant Panchami, Kama shot arrow of flowers on Lord Shiva and did couple of more actions. Finally Shiva opened his eyes but he was very angry over kamadeva.

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Holi History : Shiva Kamadeva legend
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Lord Shiva opened his third eye and burnt kamadeva. Goddess Parvati and Rati, Kamadeva's wife got stunned by the act of Shiva. To make Kamadeva alive, Rati started meditative ascetisism for continuous 40 days. Shiva understands the situations and restores the God of Love again. So 40th day from basant panchami is celebrated as festival of Holi in the remembarance of love God.


Conclusion: So these was the History of  Holi festival and legends those are connected to the celebration of Holi festival. We hope that you must like Holi history shared here. You can also tell us in the comment box below if something is missing. We hope now you have got your answer that holi kyu manaya jata hai and do not forget to check holi images 2020 for colourful Holi. Happy Holi!
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