The Legend of Holika and Prahlad

The Legend of Holika and Prahlad

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Festival of Colors

Festival of Colors

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Significance of colors

Significance of colors

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Holi Pooja Process

Holi Pooja Process

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Rituals of Holi

Rituals of Holi

Rituals of Holi

Then on the eve of Holi, Holika Dahan takes place. Effigy of Holika, the devil minded sister of demon King Hiranyakashyap is placed in the wood and burnt. For, Holika tried to kill Hiranyakashyap's son Prahlad, an ardent devotee of Lord Naarayana. The ritual symbolises the victory of good over evil and also the triumph of a true devotee. Children also hurl abuses at Holika and pray pranks, as if they still try to chase away Dhundhi who once troubled little ones in the Kingdom of Prithu. Some people also take embers from the fire to their homes to rekindle their own domestic fires.