“chir” to mark the commencement of Holi ( Photo Feature)

14th Mar, 2019 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU: Festival of colors, Holi was officially marked today at Basantapur with the installation of Chir, a bamboo pole fringed with colorful strips of Cloths.

The festival revolves around the holy story of demon king Hiranya Kashyap and his sister Holika who was blessed with the power of God that she won't be affected by the fire at all but she was warned by Lord Vishnu that the boon she had received would be meaningless if it was misused.

One day, King Hiranya Kashyap ordered his sister Holika to sit on fire with Praladh, who was the son of the king Hiranya Kashyap and also he was a great follower of Lord Vishnu. When Holika sat on fire by carrying Praladh on her lap, Praladh kept on chanting Lord Vishnu's name.

Legend has said that Holika burnt herself in the fire because she misused her power. Meanwhile, Pralhad remained unharmed and came out of the fire chanting the name of Lord Vishnu. From then onwards, the festival has been celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil.


Photo : Sunil Pradhan