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(Hindu Demon)HOLIKA

The Hindu Holi-day demoness who was burned to death trying to kill Prahad at the orders of Hiranyakashipu.

Hiranyakashipu did the required penance and was granted a boon by Brahma. He thought he'd covered every avenue and made himself indestructible so insisted everyone in his kingdom worship him as a God. All obeyed with the exception of his son Prahlad who was too into Vishnu to accept an alternative.

This pee'd him off no end and after numerous attempts to take his sons life had failed miserably he called upon his sister Holika for help. Holika was fire-proof so Hiranyakashipu asked her to sit on a bonfire with his son on her lap - at which point Prahad chanted to Vishnu and was unscathed while Holika was burnt to a crisp.

Apparently this signifies the triumph of good over evil which is why people set fire to things on Holi - It's Holikas holy holi day.
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'HOLIKA' - Indian entry : 06 May 2007
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