Holi Ke Rang LCI Ke Sang!!!!


Holi is New Year of Vikram Samvat and gets celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervor, it is a festival of color. On 19th March 2011 Holika Dahan is there and is end of Vikram Samvat 2067.

And from 20th March 2011 onwards Vikram Samvat 2068 starts.

On 20th March 2011 HOLI is there.

So let us celebrate HOLI!!!!

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Below is the brief history of the FESTIVAL OF COLOUR HOLI!!!!


History of Holi

Holi is an ancient festival of India and was originally known as 'Holika'. The festivals finds a detailed descripttion in early religious works such as Jaimini's Purvamimamsa-Sutras and Kathaka-Grhya-Sutras. Historians also believe that Holi was celebrated by all Aryans but more so in the Eastern part of India.

It is said that Holi existed several centuries before Christ. However, the meaning of the festival is believed to have changed over the years. Earlier it was a special rite performed by married women for the happiness and well-being of their families and the full moon (Raka) was worshiped.

Calculating the Day of Holi
There are two ways of reckoning a lunar month- 'purnimanta' and 'amanta'. In the former, the first day starts after the full moon; and in the latter, after the new moon. Though the amanta reckoning is more common now, the purnimanta was very much in vogue in the earlier days.

According to this purnimanta reckoning, Phalguna purnima was the last day of the year and the new year heralding the Vasanta-ritu (with spring starting from next day). Thus the full moon festival of Holika gradually became a festival of merrymaking, announcing the commencement of the spring season. This perhaps explains the other names of this festival - Vasanta-Mahotsava and Kama-Mahotsava.

Reference in Ancient Texts and Inscripttions
Besides having a detailed descripttion in the Vedas and Puranas such as Narad Purana and Bhavishya Purana, the festival of Holi finds a mention in Jaimini Mimansa. A stone incription belonging to 300 BC found at Ramgarh in the province of Vindhya has mention of Holikotsav on it. King Harsha, too has mentioned about holikotsav in his work Ratnavali that was written during the 7th century.

The famous Muslim tourist - Ulbaruni too has mentioned about holikotsav in his historical memories. Other Muslim writers of that period have mentioned, that holikotsav were not only celebrated by the Hindus but also by the Muslims.

Reference in Ancient Paintings and Murals
The festival of Holi also finds a reference in the sculptures on walls of old temples. A 16th century panel sculpted in a temple at Hampi, capital of Vijayanagar, shows a joyous scene of Holi. The painting depicts a Prince and his Princess standing amidst maids waiting with syringes or pichkaris to drench the Royal couple in coloured water.

A 16th century Ahmednagar painting is on the theme of Vasanta Ragini - spring song or music. It shows a royal couple sitting on a grand swing, while maidens are playing music and spraying colors with pichkaris.

There are a lot of other paintings and murals in the temples of medieval India which provide a pictoral descripttion of Holi. For instance, a Mewar painting (circa 1755) shows the Maharana with his courtiers. While the ruler is bestowing gifts on some people, a merry dance is on, and in the center is a tank filled with colored water. Also, a Bundi miniature shows a king seated on a tusker and from a balcony above some damsels are showering gulal (colored powders) on him.

Legends and Mythology

In some parts of India, specially in Bengal and Orissa, Holi Purnima is also celebrated as the birthday of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (A.D. 1486-1533). However, the literal meaning of the word 'Holi' is 'burning'. There are various legends to explain the meaning of this word, most prominent of all is the legend associated with demon king Hiranyakashyap.

Hiranyakashyap wanted everybody in his kingdom to worship only him but to his great disappointment, his son, Prahlad became an ardent devotee of Lord Naarayana. Hiaranyakashyap commanded his sister, Holika to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap. Holika had a boon whereby she could enter fire without any damage on herself. However, she was not aware that the boon worked only when she enters the fire alone. As a result she paid a price for her sinister desires, while Prahlad was saved by the grace of the god for his extreme devotion. The festival, therefore, celebrates the victory of good over evil and also the triumph of devotion.

Legend of Lord Krishna is also associated with play with colors as the Lord started the tradition of play with colours by applying colour on his beloved Radha and other gopis. Gradually, the play gained popularity with the people and became a tradition.

There are also a few other legends associated with the festival - like the legend of Shiva and Kaamadeva and those of Ogress Dhundhi and Pootana. All depict triumph of good over evil - lending a philosophy to the festival.



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                HAPPY HOLI!!!!








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practicing advocate

May the gods and godesses  choicest blessings be showered on you with full of colours on the holi day.

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Rang lagao,

Bhang khao,

Gle milo aur,

Apna banao.

holi ye paigaam  hai lati

tum sab mere dost ban jao.

Dhakadhak Banarasi

Nice and scholarly information given by bake lal.

Holika dahan  sari burayiyo aur buri soch ko jalakar bhasm kar dene ka pratik hai.

Holika ka jal jaana aur Prahlad ka suraksh*t rahna is baat ka pratik hai ki aakhir me "drurbhavna" jalkar bhasm ho jaati hai aur "sdbhavna" hi suraksh*t rahti hai.

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कै होरी सर र र र- अशोक चक्रधर की हास्य कविता

पोस्टेड ओन: March,12 2011

होली आली रे …………….20 मार्च को होली आ रही है. अभी से एक बढ़िया सा गीत याद कर लो और होली के दिन सबसे साथ मिलकर खुब गुनगुनाना. और तब भी मन ना भरे तो अशोक चक्रधर की अन्य रचनाएं गूगल बाबा से ले लेना. यह प्रसिद्ध रचना हमने भी गूगल बाबा से ली है और यह अशोक चक्रधर जी की रचना है. होली में तो वैसे भी हमारे लेखक बहुत मनमौजी हो जाते हैं यह उसी की एक उदाहरण है.

होली के मौसम में सारारा रा रा की लय तो हर तरफ देखने को मिलती है पर हास्य की चाश्नी में डूबी रचना का अलग ही मजा है दोस्तों.


दीखै उजलौ उजलौ अभी, निगोड़े पर र र र,
दूँगी सान कीच में कान-मरोड़े अर र र र।
कै होरी सर र र र।

लुक्कन के लग जाय लुकाटी, लाठी कस कै मारी रे,
कारी सब तेरी करतूत कि म्हौं ते निकसैं गारी रे,
दरोगा बनैं, डरप चौं गयौ, घुस गयौ घर र र र।
कै होरी सर र र र।

दूल्हा बेच, रुपैया खैंचे, जामें हया न आई रे,
छोरी बारे के बारे में, जामें दया न आई रे,
पीटौ खूब नासपीटे कूँ, बोलै गर र र र।
कै होरी सर र र र।

सीधौ-सीधौ फिरै डगर में, मन में लडुआ फूटै रे,
मौहल्ला में हल्ला सौ मचौ, निपुतौ रडुआ टूटै रे,
लुगइयन पै मटकावै सैन, मिटे तू मर र र र।
कै होरी सर र र र।

डारौ जात-पात कौ ज़हर, भंग जो तैनें घोटी रे,
नंगे कू नंगौ का करैं, खुल गई तेरी लंगोटी रे,
नेता बन मेंढक टर्रायं, टेंटुआ टर र र र।
कै होरी सर र र र।

छेड़ै भली कली गलियन में, जानैं भली चलाई रे,
तोकूं छोड़ ग़ैर के संग भज गई तेरी लुगाई रे,
डारै दूजी कोई न घास, धूर में चर र र र।
कै होरी सर र र र।

भूली मूल, ब्याज भई भूल, दई दिन दून कमाई रे,
लाला ये लै ठैंगा देख, कि दिंगे एक न पाईं रे,
बही-खातौ होरी में डार, चाहे जो भर र र र।
कै होरी सर र र र।

गारी हजम करीं हलुआ-सी, ललुआ लाज न आई रे,
तोकूं बैठी रोट खवाय, बहुरिया आज न आई रे,
नारी सच्चेई आज अगारी, पिट गए नर र र र।
कै होरी सर र र र।

सासू बहू है गई धाँसू, आँसू मती बहावै री,
घर तो भोर भए की खिसकी, खिसकी तेरी उड़ावै री,
बल बच गए मगर रस्सी तौ गई ज़र र र र।
कै होरी सर र र र।

पोलिंग में बिक जावै मोल, न ऐसी मेरी जिठानी रे,
खोलै पोल ढोल के संग, रंग में ऐसी ठानी रे,
अटल, केसरी, इंदर, लालू, गए डर र र र।
कै होली सर र र र।





Lathmaar Holi


In what is known as the hub of holi in India - Barsana, Holi is known as Lathmaar Holi. Sounds violence?? There is more violence than the name signals off. The stick is in the hands of the women on this day and the men need to work a lot to save themselves from the immensely charged up womenfolk.

The birth place of Lord Krishna's beloved Radha, Barsana celebrates Holi with extreme enthusiasm as Krishna was famous for playing pranks on Radha and gopis. In fact, it was Krishna who started the tradition of colours by first applying colour on Radha's face.

Womenfolk, of Barsana it seems, after thousands of centuries want to take a sweet revenge of that prank of Krishna. Even men have not left their mischief and are still eager to apply colour on the women of Barsana.

Following the tradition, men of Nandgaon, the birthplace of Krishna, come to play Holi with the girls of Barsana, but instead of colours they are greeted with sticks.

Completely aware of what welcome awaits them in Barsana, men come fully padded and try their best to escape from the spirited women. Men are not supposed to retaliate on the day. The unlucky ones are forcefully led away and get a good thrashing from the women. Further, they are made to wear a female attire and dance in public. All in the spirit of Holi.

The next day, it is the turn of men of Barsana. They reciprocate by invading Nandgaon and drench the womenfolk of Nandgaon in colours of kesudo, naturally occurring orange-red dye and palash. This day, women of Nadagow beat the invaders from Barsana. It is a colourful site.



Rangbirangi Holi Hai, Shaitano ki Toli hai,

Arre Bhaiya yee ka, arre Isne toh kha lee bhang ki goli hai,

Lallu bimar hai, peechkari ki dhaar hai,

 Bheega saara sansar hai, Jogira Sa ra ra ra ra

Bura mat mano Yahi to

"Happy Holi Hai!!!!"

Aayen ka kahat ho Bhaiya aayen!!!!

Kuchh galti Hui Gawa ka????




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