Legend of Kamadeva & Rati on Holi :
India is the land of Gods and Goddesses, with millions of deities being worshipped here. Hindu mythology is one of the most rich and
diverse in the world, and is basis of many legends that have their roots in the way of life in India. One of the legends involves Kamadeva, the God of Love, Passion and Desire. The legend speaks volumes about the selfless sacrifice of Kamadeva for the betterment of the world.
The legend goes that King Dacha misbehaved with Lord Shiva, insulting and demeaning him. Because of this insult, sati, daughter of King Daksha was deeply hurt, as Shiva was her consort. Unable to bear the insult on Shiva, sati committed herself to fire. Because of sati’s death, Lord Shiva was deeply saddened and hurt.
He lost interest in the worldly activities and went in to deep meditation, in pain of sati’s loss. This caused a terrible upset in the world, as Lord Shiva wasn’t there to govern the World.
Besides parvati, the daughter of mountains was deeply in love with Lord Shiva and wanted to marry him, but that wasn’t possible till Lord Shiva was in meditation. So she with other Gods requested Kamadeva to shoot Lord Shiva with arrow of love, and to break his meditation and make him fall in love with Parvati. Kamadeva, fully aware of Lord Shiva’s anger and its consequences, agreed to make Shiva fall in love with Parvati for good of all.
When Kamadeva shot Shiva his meditation was broken, and in anger he burnt down Kamadeva to ashes with his third eye. Though the arrow of Kamadeva had its affect and Lord Shiva fell in love with parvati and married her. And later on request of parvati and rati,