It is believed that Holika Dahan was first started in Purnia district of Bihar. It is believed that his aunt Holika entered the fire to kill Prahlad at Sikligarh Dharhara in Banmankhi, Purnia. But Prahlad survived and Holika got burnt in the fire itself.
Holika entered the fire wearing a sheet to kill Prahlat
It is said that Hiranyakashyap’s sister Holika had a chadar. Holika had a boon that even if she goes into the fire wearing this sheet, she will not burn. When the devotee Prahlad became engrossed in the devotion of Lord Vishnu, Hiranyakashyap got angry and ordered his sister Holika to burn Prahlad to death. Then Holika covered the same sheet and entered the fire with Prahlad in her lap. But then a fierce storm came and the sheet flew away from Holika’s body and hugged Prahlad. Because of this Holika was burnt to ashes and Prahlad was saved safely.
Holika Dahan started in the country from Sikaligarh Dharhara
It is said that since then Holika Dahan is celebrated as the victory of truth over untruth. It is believed that Holika was burnt at this place. It is from here that Holika Dahan has started in the whole country. Holika Dahan Mahotsav is celebrated here as a state function for the past many years. On this occasion, MP Santosh Kushwaha, former minister and Banmankhi MLA Krishna Kumar Rishi inaugurated the program today. On this occasion, playback singer Poornima Shrestha entertained the people with her melodious songs. A crowd of about 50,000 people gathered here to see the sight of Holika Dahan and grand fireworks. At the same time, adequate security arrangements were made by the administration. (Report – Namita Kumari)
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