"Eyes smoulder in fury;
Her mouth sucks in air,
Smearing earth with ash.
Year after year
'Holika Dahan' Religious bonfire
"This is not just a collection of branches of trees, leaves and wood put together in a heap in Jodhpur. This is just one among many such heaps in the city, that will turn into a huge bonfire, a religious bonfire to be precise, on late evening of February 28, 2010. On this date, 'Holika Dahan' (Burning of Holika) or 'Chhoti Holi' (little Holi) will be celebrated, one day before Holi on March 1, 2010, a major festival of colours in India. There will be prayers in front of this bonfire after which people will start Holi celebrations. According to Hindu mythology, Holika, sister of the demon King Hirankashyap, had a magical shawl and whoever wore this shawl could not be burnt by fire. The demon king's son Prahlad was a devotee of Lord Vishnu, which was disliked by Hirankashyap. One day out of anger, he ordered Prahlad to sit in Holika's lap, who in turn was asked to sit in the middle of a huge bonfire wearing her shawl. However, miraculously, Holika's shawl slipped away from her and landed on Prahlad. As a result, Holika was burnt, while Prahlad had a miraculous escape. Burning of this bonfire signifies the victory of good over evil." Raza Lucknow 2010