On the auspicious occasion of Holi, people across the country are celebrating the festival with great fervor and zeal. Celebrated at the onset of spring, Holi is the festival of colours that holds a mythological importance – that of the triumph of good over evil. It is also associated with the eternal love of Lord Krishna and his consort Radha.
At the renowned ‘Banke Bihari’ temple in Mathura devotees jostled with each other to get a glimpse of Lord Krishna’s idol at the temple, and forgetting their mutual differences smeared each other with colours.
Holi is celebrated over two days. On the first day a ritual marking the burning of demoness Holika is held followed by Holi, when people play with colours.
According to ancient scriptures, Holika was a demoness who was burnt to death while trying to kill Prahlad, her devoutly religious nephew. The ritual is to commemorate Prahlad’s victory, signifying good’s triumph over evil.
People offer water, turmeric and coconuts to bonfires and seek blessings for a joyous life.
The festive fever also gripped the people in Ujjain district of central Madhya Pradesh state as devotees thronged the famous ‘Mahakaleshwar’ temple for Holi celebrations.
A reveller, Debarshee Bishwas, said he planned to play Holi along with his friends the entire day.
“Since today morning we are enjoying a lot and full day we have so much plan with my friends and we will do it. Happy Holi!” said Bishwas.
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee extended good wishes to all citizens.
“The festival of Holi symbolizes the vibrant colours of our diverse multicultural society and the spirit of tolerance and harmony that has been the essence of our culture and civilisation. May this unique festival of colours be a joyous expression of the spirit of pluralis. May it strengthen the fraternal bonds amongst our citizens,” said the President.
Vice President Hamid Ansari also greeted citizens on Holi and said that the festival marks the onset of warmer season and victory of good over evil.
“Celebrated with traditional fervor and enthusiasm throughout the country, Holi marks the onset of warmer season and victory of good over evil. May this festival bring peace, harmony, prosperity and happiness in our lives, ” said Vice President.
Extending his wishes to the nation on the festival of colours, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Greetings to all of you on the happy occasion of Holi. Happy Holi to all of you.”