Saturday, March 19, 2011

Holi.... :)

Hie...I am gonna share you something colorfully about the festival of colors!! ;) :)
Humm...many of us know the speciality of today as "Holi" and it is a public holiday and we can play with colors...right..?? There is much more behind it..I came to know through my mom and a little through some books.. It's interesting to know..ofcrse, even if it did not gain your interest, I feel it as important to know what it is...
This festival of colors has many names...and many stories too.. Holikapurnima, Phalguna purnima, kaamuni purnima, vasanthotsavam,  holika dahanam, kaama dahanam etc.
It is called "Vasanthotsavam" as it comes in vasanth ruthuvu...spring season.
Well..We will go one by one...
Today is known as "Holika purnima" or "Holika Dahan" as this was the day according to the traditional hindu puranas that Prahlad, the son of Hiranyakashipu was carried into fire by Demoness Holika(sister of Hiranya).Holika was burnt{-->so name holika dahan} but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of god Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion. The bonfires are lit on the eve of Holi in the memory of his miraculous escape :)
Similarly, it is also known as "Kaama Dahan" or "kaamuni purnima" and it is an alternative story detailing the origin of Holi. This story is about Kamadeva, a god of love. Kama's body was destroyed when he shot his weapon at Shiva in order to disrupt his meditation and help Parvati to marry Shiva. Shiva then opened his third eye, the gaze of which was so powerful that Kama's body was reduced to ashes. For the sake of Kama's wife Rati (passion), Shiva restored him, but only as a mental image, representing the true emotional and spiritual state of love rather than physical lust. The Holi bonfire is believed to be celebrated in commemoration of this event.
This day is called "Phalguna purnima" as it comes in Phalguna month and on pournami.In Vrindavan and Mathura, where Lord Krishna grew up, the festival is celebrated for 16 days (until Rangpanchmi) in memory of the divine love of Radha for Krishna. Lord Krishna is believed to have popularized the festival by playing pranks on the gopis here.As Krishna is always jealous of radha's complexion he teasingly applied color to her face.In a mischievous mood,she ran behind him to fill him in colors.This festival of colors is turned into the festival of love from then :) 
In Vrindavan,this is celebrated even now...Thousands of people visit the place, every year. They come to be a part of the colorful amalgamation of festivity and divinity. The main aim behind the festival of Holi is to rejoice in the love and devotion for the Supreme Being.
{ Holy here is spiritually enlightening.I am eager to take part in it atleast once in my life and that might need permission(blessing) from the Radhagovind.. :( :) }

Hmm.....whatever it is...I feel this holi as the festival of we ran behind people, we love and care, to fill them from top to bottom, with our colors(in the same way as we pour our love on them) :) 
P.S - My intention is not to describe this festival as the one that is celebrated by some people only..jus knew these and shared it..hope this hurts none...
And I wish and hope the color and water washes away all the man made distinctions based on caste, creed, and other differences created by the society.

With this...
I wish you a very happy holi :)

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