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Meaning of Holi – What does the term Holi mean in Holi Festival?

Holi is the festival of colors and is observed during the spring season in India. Ever wondered what does the term Holi mean?. The meaning of Holi festival is traced back to the Vedic era and is rooted in agrarian economy of the country.
The word Holi also refers to Holaka or Holakah, means chickpeas or pulses half parched in the pod. It is believed that during the Vedic period farmers made an offering for good harvest. The offering involved throwing of wheat, barley, jowar and other such crops into sacred fire.
At the end of the ceremony, the ashes collected from the sacrificial fire were rubbed on the foreheads and it was scattered in all directions. It was also scattered in the farm fields for a good harvest. Hence the term Dhulendi used to refer to Holi in many places. The play with colors on Holi day is referred as Dhuleti or Dhulendi in many regions.
Today many people believe that the term has its origin in Demon Holika who was consumed by fire when she attempted to harm Prahla…

New Study Suggests Indus Valley Civilization Ended Due to a 200-year drought

A new study suggests that Indus Valley Civilization collapsed and ended due to a 200-year drought which began around 2000 BC. Paleoclimatologists claim that the severe drought was the result of non arrival of monsoon rains. People abandoned well planned cities and this led to the end of the IndusValley and Harappan civilization. Scientific American writes  Based on isotope data from the sediment of an ancient lake, the researchers suggest that the monsoon cycle, which is vital to the livelihood of all of South Asia, essentially stopped there for as long as two centuries.  The link between this gradual decline and climate has been tenuous because of a dearth of climate records from the region. So Yama Dixit, a paleoclimatologist at the University of Cambridge, UK, and her colleagues examined sediments from Kotla Dahar, an ancient lake near the northeastern edge of the IndusValley area in Haryana, India, that still seasonally floods.  Kotla Dahar is a closed basin, filled only by rain a…