Mythology behind Holi The origin of Holi is intertwined with two mythological tales. Firstly, the demon king, Hiranyakashyap wanted to be worshipped as a god and ordered his son Prahlad to do so. But Prahlad refused and instead worshipped Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap tried to kill Prahlad several times but failed each time. Finally, he asked his sister Holika to help him kill Prahlad. Holika had a special power that made her immune to fire. So she tricked Prahlad into sitting on her lap while she sat in a fire pit. However, Lord Vishnu saved Prahlad and instead Holika burnt to ashes.
On the night before Holi, women light bonfires and burn Holika. They believe that if they don’t do this, their homes will be attacked by demons. Credit: iStock