Holi is a festival that is largely ignored in the southern parts of
The main ritual involves sing songs depicting Rati’s despair and offering sandalwood paste to
Legend has it that Hindu God Shiva went into deep meditation after the death of his consort, Sati. As per Hindu religious scriptures, Shiva represents ‘matter’ and Sati or Parvati, ‘shakti or energy’. With Shiva entering into meditation means there was total imbalance. Without Shiva and Shakti cting in consonance, human life would come to a standstill.
So Sati was later reborn as Parvati. But Shiva continued with his meditation. Parvati did penance for several years to get Shiva as husband but all her efforts went in vain. Nobody could break Shiva’s meditation.
On advice from Hindu God Brahma and God Vishnu, Devas asked Kama, the god of love, to kindle amorous feelings in Shiva.
Shiva, angered by this, opened his third eye and destroyed