What is Holy about Holi?

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The Holi, so called festival of colours, is one of the most popular festivals of Manuwadis, which is usually celebrated in the month of March every year. What many don’t know is that the festival like other festivals such as Durga Puja and Kali Puja is a celebration of humiliation/murders of Dalit Bahujan’s Gods and icons by Brahminic Aryans.

The Holi , in fact, is celebration of burning of a Bahujan woman known as Holika. During the sunset of the preceding day of Holi, people, especially in North India gather in large number and lit pyres with shouting and hollering as symbolic to burning of Holika. The ritual is called ‘Holika Dahan” means “Burning of Holika”.

The twisted story of burning of Hollika found in the Bhagwat Purana. There lived once an extremely powerful indigenous king named Hiaranyakashipu. His might was such that even the scheming Aryan literature narrates in great detail about his exploits. The King had a teenage son named Prahlad, who started worshipping the Aryan God Vishnu (most likely he was tricked or hypnotized). The king tried his best to make his son understand but his hypnotized son refused. Finally, helpless,  the Kind ordered for killing of his son by burning.

The move of the king was most likely to safeguard his kingdom and people from Aryan influence. There was a possibility that the King wanted to make an example by burning his own son (who was the first to worship an Aryan God in his kingdom) and keep his people at bay from evil Aryan’s influence. Anyway, he ordered his elder daughter Holika to sit on pyre with Prahlad. To protect Holika from fire he gave her a fire-resistance shawl. The Bhagwat Puran then narrates how Aryan God Vishnu caused wind to blow the shawl off, saving Prahlad and burning Holika instead.

There is a riddle here which the Bhagwat Purana of Aryan appears to have goofed up. Naturally and logically both the sister and brother should have died in the fire as the protective shawl was blown off in the wind. But according to Manuwadi’s Bhagwati Purana Prahlad was saved while his sister Holika turned into ashes in the fire.

It is plausible to assume that Holika might loved his younger brother and could have given him the shawl and burned herself instead. She could have agreed to his father’s instruction despite her reluctance  as it was customary then to obey instruction/order of kings.

Anyway the Manuwadi considers Holika as evil, while the Bhagwat Purana itself gives the clue that the ‘main villain’ in the story was the king. It is not unexpected portrayal of Holika as evil as the Aryans are extremely patriarchal and misogynist.

So, what is holy about Holi?

This festival is not just an insult to Dalit Bahujan but also to womanhood in particular.

Most of major manuwadi festivals are celebrated treacherous killing of Dalit Bahujan Gods/icons.  Take the example of another festival called Durga puja. Mahisasur was a powerful tribal king, whom the Aryan despite several attempts could not defeat. They hatched a plan and reached out for an alliance by offering him a fair skinned sex worker called Durga for marriage. Mahisasur fell in the trap and married Durga, who killed him while having sex on the 9th day of their honeymoon. The killing of Mahisasur by a planted sex worker is celebrated as Durga Puja or Dushara.

The Kali puja is another example of celebration of humiliation of Dalits. The authenticity of Aryan Goddess Kali stepping over Shiva’s body and then taking her tounge out in a state of shock when she realized she has just stepped over her husband’s body is still doubtful. All major evidence points out that the Aryan did not like indigenous and extremely popular God Shiva. The Aryans weaved false stories to malign him and show him as subservient to Hindu Gods. Shiva in his proto-type form was worshipped since the time of Indus Valley civilization while the Aryan God is a letter construct after arrival of Aryans in India. Despite best attempts by manuwadi to wipe out indigenous God Shiva, he still remains as one of the popular deity of Dalit Bahujans.

In nutshell, Dalit Bahujan should understand rationale behind celebration of Aryan festivals. In fact these festivals are symbolic celebration of crooked/treacherous victory of Aryan over indigenous population.

 

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