The story behind the auspicious day of Lohri

Lohri is celebrated on 13th January every year!

The term ‘Lohri’ is thought to have sprung from the regional word ‘loh,’ which signifies ‘fire warmth and brightness.’

According to legend, Lohri was Holika’s sister who, while trapped in a fire with Prahlad and Holika, survived although Holika was burned to death. Another fascinating narrative surrounding Lohri is that of Saint Kabir. Some state that the term Lohri comes from Loi, the legendary Saint Kabir’s wife, while other legends claim that the festival’s name comes from the word til, which is used in sweet dishes on this day.

Like majority festivals in India, Lohri is also connected with legendary tales.

According to one of the many fascinating legends, there was once a huge forest named Rakh between Gujaranwals and Sialkot. The woodland served as a safe haven for Dulla Bhatti, a dacoit who was regarded as Punjab’s savior. This bold and generous man was always willing to help those in need. A guy propagated the notion that one of his cousins was exceedingly lovely and would do credit to the Muslim harem in the Mughal Emperor Akbar’s dominion. The Mughal officials sought to carry her forcibly because of this knowledge. The girl’s father was quite concerned about this and sought Dulla Bhatti’s help. He quickly married her to a young lad of his faith in a brief ceremony. In line with Hindu tradition, he matched the holy fire. He broke into a lovely song to lend cheer to the occasion because there was no priest to sing the Sanskrit mantras. On rare occasions, this song is still sung.

Another version of Lohri’s legends and stories claims that in ancient times, humans lighted fires to keep carnivorous creatures at bay and safeguard their homes. Everyone in the village would contribute to the fire, which would be built using fuel collected from the bush by young boys and girls. That is why, even today, people burn cow dung cakes, which are collected by children and teenagers.

The Lohri bonfire is seen as an ancient emblem of communal protection as well as a kind of devotion. The Lohri fire is auspicious and considered to be holy and everyone prays to it.