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Holi Hai !

This is the mythological story about Indian festival Holi.
Holi is the festival of colour, which is celebrated in the month of Feb – march (Phalguna).

People celebrate Holi with colours and do bonfire.

According to the legend, once there lived a powerful demon king Hiranyakashyap, who considered himself a god and wanted everyone to worship him.

But to his disappointment, his son Prahlad was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu,

Hiranyakashyap asked Prahlad to stop praying Lord Vishnu. But Prahlad was a great devotee he refused to worship his father.

At last Hiranyakashyap planned to kill his own son.

Hiranyakashyap had one sister, her name was Holika. She had a boon to remain unscathed by fire.

Hiranyakashyap asked his sister to enter a blazing fire with Prahalad in her lap. Holika agreed to him and she took Prahalad in her lap and entered the fire.

Prahalad chanted the Lord Vishnu name and came out of the blaze unscathed, but the Holika was burnt to ashes, her boon turned to evil for her.

Lord Vishnu saved his ardent devotee Prahalad.

This festival marks the victory of good over evil.

Thus the name of the festival came from the burning of Holika…. Holi Hai … 🙂 🙂

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Lord Krishna and Govardhan Hill

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This is story about Lord Krishna and the Govardhan Hill.

Every year people of Braj used to worship Lord Indra, for the Good rain and the vegetation. So this year also all people were busy in the arrangements for worship.

Krishna questioned his father Nanda, why they are doing so? His father explained that this is done every year to please Lord Indra so that he continued to grace the people of Braj by providing timely rain.

Little Krishna was not convinced with this answer; he said that we should worship Govardhan Hill and not Indra. He explained that Govardhan Hill helps to gather the clouds for the rain. It gives us lots of vegetation and medicinal herbs. It gives grass to our cattle, and cleans our air.

Nanda and all the villagers agreed to Krishna and started worshipping Govardhan Hill.

When Lord Indra found that the villagers are worshipping Govardhan Hill instead of him, he got very furious, and decided to punish them.

He sends terrible rainstorm to flood the Braj village.

The people and the cattle got frightened. Lord Krishna asked them not to worry and took them to the Govardhan Hill. He then lifted the hill on his little finger and gave shelter to all the people and cattle.

Storm continued for many days, but all the people were safe under the huge umbrella like Govardhan Hill.  Lord Indra was shocked to see how a young boy can lift a mountain. He called back all the devastating clouds.

He went to Krishna with folded hand and asked for forgiveness. His false pride was shattered. Lord Krishna forgave him.

Now the storm was stopped and the sky was clear, all the villagers were happy to have Krishna.