Several legends are associated with Holi. One of the famous one is of an evil king called Hiranyakashyap and his son Prahlad. Prahlad was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu, but his father did not like that. He wanted him to give up his faith in Lord Vishnu, but when Prahlad refused, he tried to kill his own son. After several attempts, Hiranyakashyap made Prahlad sit on his sister's lap Holika, who had a blessing that she will not be burnt by fire, and set them on fire. Prahalad, with the blessing of Lord Vishnu, remain untouched, but Holika was burnt. With this legend, Holi represents the victory of good over evil and the tradition of Holika Dahan came into practice. On Holika Dahan, holy pyres are burnt on the streets and people from the communities come and pray, signifying the triumph of good over evil.
Another legend associated with Holi is that young Lord Krishna was unhappy with the fact that he had dark complexion while Radha was fair. His mother Yashoda suggested Krishna to go and playfully colour Radha. Krishna went to the neighbouring village of Barsana, the hometown of Radha to colour Radha and other Gopis. In return, the women beat him playfully with sticks. That's how the tradition of Lath Maar Holi began.
In Vrindavan, Holi celebrations continue for a week. With chants of hari bhajans, dance, colours, water, flowers and sweets, the festival is celebrated with great joy and is also every photographer's delight. People come from far off to witness the Holi festivities here. The festivities at Bank-e-Bihari temple will take place on March 1.