Holi in India – History, Mythologies, Legends & Beyond (part 2)

Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh Krishna’s birthplace certainly has some cranky celebrations. In Vrindavan, the holi festival begins with a traditional puja of worshipping Lord Krishna in the end of winter, on Vasant Panchami. Coming to the quirky part, Matki Phod, a historical tradition where an earthen pot filled with butter is hung high by a rope, is celebrated. Group of men forming pyramids climb on each other’s shoulders to attempt to break the pot while women distract them by throwing colors. The festival lasts 16 days with live Raas-leelas of Krishna in some temples. Basanta Utsav, Shantiniketan, West Bengal […]

Holi in India – History, Mythologies, Legends & Beyond (part 1)

In India, Holi is the time of the year which raises a toast to the diversity of the country. Holi festival has glorious past aging back to the Puranas. A very long time ago, it was told in the books of Purana, Hiranyakashipu that the demonic King of asuras earned a boon which gave him 5 magical powers. He can’t be killed by any human or any animal, whether at day or night, by Astra or Shastra, indoors or outdoors, and finally, on land, air, or water. However, his son Prahlada, who was a devotee of Vishnu, was against his […]