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Holi at Phalen Village in Braj Region of Uttar Pradesh



In the Braj Region on Uttar Pradesh, there is a village named Phalen. The name of the village is a corrupt form of Prahlad, associated with Narasimha incarnation of Srihari Vishnu. Enactment of Prahlada – Holika story takes place here around Holi.

A tank known as Prahlad Kunda is located here and on the banks of the pond, there is a Prahlada temple.

A huge pile of firewood is made in between Prahlada Kunda and the temple of Prahlada. It is torched in the night and it bursts forth with tremendous blaze.

The youth of the village move around the fire jumping, dancing and brandishing canes.

Then the priest of the temple takes holy bath in the tank and rush through the great orb of fire, unharmed.

The priest represents Prahlada himself in the fire-ordeal of Phalen.

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