Holi is perhaps, along with Diwali, the most visually delightful festival celebrated in India. And boy, is it a feast for photographers!
As with most festivals celebrated in India, Holi is also a religious festival, which usually celebrates the advent of spring and a good harvest.
As in the case ofShiv Ratri, there is an interesting mythological story behind the celebration of Holi.
Hiranyakashipu was the great king of demons, and he had been granted a boon by Brahma, which made it almost impossible for him to be killed. The boon was due to his long penance, after which he had demanded that he not be killed “during day or night; inside the home or outside, not on earth or in the sky; neither by a man nor an animal; neither by astra (weapons)nor by shastra (rules)”. Consequently, he grew arrogant and attacked the Heavens and the Earth. He demanded that people stop…
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