Pootana

Pootana – Photo Credit : www.artmajeur.com

Holi is a traditional festival of India and is celebrated by people with full devotion and enthusiasm. Holi is known by different names in different states of India and is also celebrated in distinct ways. There are so many legends associated with this festival and people have true belief in these legends. One such legend associated with Holi festival is the legend of Pootna.

The Killing of Putana Rakshasi, Story :

According to the legend there was an ogress named Pootna. Uncle Kansa of Lord Krishna who got failed several times in killing Krishna took help the help of Pootna for this purpose. He ordered Pootna to kill the baby Krishna by feeding poisonous milk to him.

So, Pootna by disguising herself as a simple woman tried to feed her Krishna with her poisonous breast. But Krishna got to know the fact and sucked her blood instead of milk. This revealed the truth of Pootna behind that simple lady and laid her to the death.

To it is a tradition to burn a statue of Pootna on the previous night of Holi. This tradition symbolizes the victory of divine power over devils. This festival also symbolises the end of darkness and winter season.

So, by having full faith in this legend people celebrate Holi festival and follow the ancient tradition.

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