Another legend associated with the festival involves an ogress referred to as Dhundhi a female monster that troubled small children who became fed up with her. It was believed the ogress received a boon from deity Siva, which made her difficult to kill. However, she was vulnerable because she was endangered by boys going around and acting crazily. After the king of the region got influenced by the ogress, he asked local priest on the way forward. The priest answer was that on the 15th day of the month of Phalguna, the King should compel the villagers to collect wood and grass and set them on fire with mantras. Moreover, as the fire burned, the villagers were to clap their hands, circle the fire three times and make noise through laughter and song because the noise and the fire would dispose of the monster. The legend posits that on the day of Holi, boys united and chased Dhundhi away through their shouts, pranks, and abuses; hence, on Holi young boys are allowed to use rude language without elders taking offense while children enjoy burning Holika again (Melton and Martin 1337-8).
Another legend concerns the deity Siva’s third eye, represented in many images resting in the middle of the forehead. The story indicates that his wife came from behind and covered his eyesight with her arms, which resulted in the world is covered in darkness. However to save the earth, Siva grew a third eye on his forehead and upon opening the eye, light returned to the world (Melton and Martin 1338). ...Show more