Due to the continued adverse weather conditions in London, and in the interest of visitors’ safety, the Holi festival at the Mandir this year has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience.
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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
105-119 Brentfield Road
Neasden, London NW10 8LD, UK
T: +44 (0)20 8965 2651
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Holi also celebrates the story of Prahlad and Holika. Prahlad was the son of the evil king Hiranyakashipu. He was enraged that Prahlad worshipped Vishnu as superior, not him.
After several failed attempts to kill Prahlad, Hiranyakashipu recruited his demoness sister Holika. She had a special boon to withstand fire. But, when she sat in a raging fire with Prahlad on her lap, she was burned to death instead while the praying Prahlad was saved by the will of God.
The Holi bonfire is thus symbolic of the burning of evil and represents God’s saving grace.