Holi is a very famous festival in north India but in southern parts of India it is largely ignored. But in south also, some Hindu communities also celebrate Holi in their own way. They sing songs which tell the pathetic story of Rati and her grief.
In Tamil Nadu, Holi is known by different names like Kaman Pandigai, Kama-Dhanam and Kamavillas. Here, this festival is associated with the legend of Kama Deva who is also known as love God. The story is about the burning of Kama Deva into ashes by Lord Shiva. According to popular beliefs, Rati who was the wife of Kama Dev got him back on the Holi day with the blessings of Lord Shiva.
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All this occurred because after the death of Sati, Lord Shiva went into deep meditation. According to Hindu religion Sati means ‘energy’ and Shiva means ‘matter’ and entering of Shiva in meditation cause total imbalance in the world. So, rebirth of Sati takes place later in the form of Parvati. Then Parvati made lot of efforts to get Shiva as her husband but Shiva continued his meditation.
So, for the sake of world, Kama Dev advised by Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu to promote love feelings in Lord Shiva. For this purpose, Kama Dev fired an arrow of love at Shiva. Shiva got angered by this and destroyed Lord Kama by opening his third eye. Rati made so many apologies to get her husband back. Then on the Holi day Kama Dev got his life back and they both got the blessings of Lord Shiva.
Because of this reason Holi is known as the festival of love. People in Tamil-Nadu sing devotional songs and offer