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The Holi festival has a cultural significance among various Hindu traditions of the Indian subcontinent.

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Rati performs her own meditative asceticism for forty days, upon which Shiva understands, forgives out of compassion and restores the god of love.

This return of the god of love, is celebrated on the 40th day after Vasant Panchami festival as Holi.

Guru Gobind Singh – the last human guru of the Sikhs – modified Holi with a three-day Hola Mohalla extension festival of martial arts.

The extension started the day after the Holi festival in Anandpur Sahib, where Sikh soldiers would train in mock battles, compete in horsemanship, athletics, archery and military exercises.

King Hiranyakashipu, according to a legend found in chapter 7 of Bhagavata Purana, was the king of demonic Asuras, and had earned a boon that gave him five special powers: he could be killed by neither a human being nor an animal, neither indoors nor outdoors, neither at day nor at night, neither by astra (projectile weapons) nor by any shastra (handheld weapons), and neither on land nor in water or air.

Hiranyakashipu grew arrogant, thought he was God, and demanded that everyone worship only him. He subjected Prahlada to cruel punishments, none of which affected the boy or his resolve to do what he thought was right.

His mother, tired of the desperation, asks him to approach Radha and colour her face in any colour he wanted.

This he does, and Radha and Krishna became a couple.

Ranjit Singh would celebrate Holi with others in the Bilawal gardens, where decorative tents were set up.

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