Holi: History, Legends & Shubh Muhurat Related To This Day

Holi is one of the most important festivals of Hindus. As per the Hindu Panchang, this festival is celebrated on the Pratipada Tithi of Krishna Paksha in Chaitra month. It is celebrated to mark the arrival of the spring season. In Haryana, this festival is known as Dhulandi. It is believed about this day that Hiryanakashyap wanted to burn his son, Prahlad, alive but nothing happened to him because of the grace of Lord Vishnu and therefore, the tradition of Holika Dahan is also observed on this day. On the following day of Holika Dahan, colourful Holi, also known as Dhulandi, is played.

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Holi: History

There is a mention of Holi in a picture found in the sixteenth-century in Hampi, the capital of the ancient Vijayanagara Empire. In addition to this, the festival is also cited in the 300-year-old records found in Ramgarh, situated near the Vindhyachal.

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Holi: Legend

Many legends associated with the festival of Holi are found in Puranas but the most important one is the story of Hiranyakashyap, Prahlad and Holika. The other legend is concerned with the Leelas of Radha-Krishna and the demoness Dhundi. Holika Dahan is performed a day before the festival of colours i.e. Holi. The Purnima of Phalgun month is celebrated as the triumph of good over evil.

As per the most prevalent legend, Hiranyakashyap got egoistic because of his might and power, got through boons and started considering himself as a god. He tried to burn his son with the help of his sister. Since Holika was blessed with a boon of not being burnt in the fire, she sat in the fire on the order of Hiranyakashyap. Prahlada, the son of Hiranyakashyap, was a supreme devotee of Lord Vishnu and Hiranakshyap did not like it. Prahlada even after sitting in the fire, kept on worshipping Lord Vishnu and therefore, he remained unaffected while the Holika was reduced to ashes.

As per another legend concerning Holi, it is said that once Gopal asked Maa Yashoda why he was not as charming as Radha. Then, Maa Yashoda humorously told him that if he would apply colour on Radha’s face, her colour would also turn like his. After this, Kanha played colourful Holi with Radha and Gopis and since then, the festival has been celebrated as a colourful festival.    

As per one more legend associated with this festival, it is said that the female demon named Dhundi was banished from the earth by the people because of the curse of Lord Shiva and this festival is celebrated in her remembrance.  

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Different Forms of Holi

Although the festival of Holi is one, it is known by different names in different regions of India and is celebrated in different forms. For example, Rang Panchami is celebrated on a large scale with great pomp and show on the fifth day of Holi in Malwa, Madhya Pradesh. This festival is celebrated with grandeur in the Braj region. It is known as Lathmar Holi in Barsana. It is also played in Mathura and Vrindavan. In Haryana, there is a tradition of Bhabhi Dewar playing Holi while it is played with dry Gulal on the day of Rang Panchami in Maharashtra. This festival is considered to be an important event for the Adivasis of South Gujarat. In Chhattisgarh, folk songs are very popular and Bhagoria is celebrated in Malwanchal.

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What is Lathmar Holi?

The festival of Holi is celebrated as Lathmar Holi at Barsana Nandgaon in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. As per the legend, once Krishna reached Barsana village in Nanda to meet Radha, he started teasing Radha and her friends, owing to this, Radha and her friends started beating Krishna and his Gval Bal with sticks. Since then, the practice of playing Lathmar Holi started in both these villages.

This tradition is still being followed. The youth of Nanda village go to Barsana and women present over there banish them with Lathis. If any of them is caught by mistake, he/she is made to dance in women’s costumes and so, Lathmar Holi is celebrated in this way.

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Significance of Holi 

The festival of Holi is celebrated as a triumph of good over evil. Besides this, people embrace each other by sinking all the differences and forgetting all the quarrels. Colours and happiness are a symbol of harmony, and this brings love and affection among people. On the other hand, if we talk about the religious significance of this festival, it is believed that all kinds of negative vibes vanish in Holika.

Legendary Importance of Holi 

There is a mention in Vedas and Puranas that the festival of Holi is being celebrated across India since the Vedic period. As per the Hindu Panchang, this festival is considered to be the beginning of the new Samvat. There are many beliefs associated with this day. As per one of the beliefs, it is said that firstly, a person was born on earth and then, Kamadeva was reborn on the same day. Also, Lord Vishnu took the form of Narasimha and killed Hiryanakashyap on this very day.

It is said that Lord Krishna would celebrate the festival of Holi with great pomp and show since childhood. In this pretext, this tradition is still being followed in Mathura, known as the city of Krishna. Gopis and Radha would also take part in this festival and therefore, it is still celebrated with flowers in Mathura while the Lathmar Holi played at Radha’s village, Barasane has become popular throughout the world. Holi is a festival of love and affection, in which people keep aside all the differences and smear each other’s face with Gulal.

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Precautions to be Taken While Playing Holi

Although Holi is a festival of happiness, love and affection, a slight mistake can cause a big problem. In this context, it is very important for you to remember a few things while playing Holi so that nobody else can face any problem and you can enjoy this festival.

  • The festival of Holi has to be played with natural colours, but with the passage of time, it is being celebrated with colours full of chemicals and thus, there are skin-related problems. In this regard, you are advised to be careful while opting for colours. 
  • Do not consume any intoxicants as it does nothing besides destroying the real enjoyment of this festival.
  • Also, you have to keep these colours away from animals. 

Holi Predictions As Per Your Zodiac Sign


People belonging to Aries, the ruling lord of Mars, need to be extremely careful about their diet during Holi. If you really wish to enjoy this colourful festival, you should avoid overeating. The natives of this sign will spend quality time with their children.


The natives with the Taurus zodiac sign may share their feelings with their family members. Owing to this, the homely atmosphere will be congenial. 


This Holi can be special for those who have a Gemini zodiac sign. You can spend a good time with your mother. Those who are married can give gifts to their partner.   


People having the Cancer zodiac sign can enjoy this festival with their friends nicely. You can also arrange colourful events during this Holi. 


This Holi can be auspicious for those having the Leo zodiac sign. However, you should have control over your language during the festival. You will spend your time nicely with your family. 


People belonging to the Virgo zodiac sign will not only enjoy the moments but also eliminate negative vibes through worship. 


People having this zodiac sign should avoid overspending on Holi. However, the festival will be extremely enjoyable for you. 


The festival of Holi can be highly beneficial for the natives with the Scorpio. If you have invested somewhere, you are likely to get benefits from it.  


The natives belonging to Sagittarius, the ruling lord of Jupiter, will highly enjoy this colourful festival. During this, there is a possibility of getting good news from your workplace. 


This Holi will prove to be eradicating negativity. If you had been worried about something then that worry will disappear. You can spend quality time with your father.  


People having the Aquarius zodiac sign need to be a bit careful during Holi. You should avoid those colours that can affect your skin. Besides this, you will spend quality with your family.   


This festival of colour will prove to be beneficial for the people having the Pisces zodiac sign. During this time, you can spend a nice time with your spouse and overcome your grievances with them. 

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