Holi and Multan
Hriyanakshayap wanted to kill Prahlad by burning him in fire using Holika. But in the end, It’s Holika who gets burnt & Prahlad is saved by Lord Vishnu.
Ruins of Prahaladpuri temple in Multan. Multan (Moolsthan) was known for Aditya and Nrsimha worship. Hindus had rebuilt the temple in 1810 AD. A fair used to be organized here on Nrsimha Jayanti. But local Muslims couldn’t tolerate it, rioted and finally demolished the temple in 1992. The temple is believed to mark the incident when Hriyanakshayap had tried to kill Prahlad using a heated Stambh/Pillar. But due to Bhakti of Prahlad, Lord Vishnu manifests as Nrsimha and vanquishes Hriyanakshayap. A representative Nrsimha Stambha of 1810 AD temple. Now it lies in ruins. Holi originated in this temple. The original idol of Bhagwan Narsimha was probably brought by Baba Narayan Das Batra in 1947 and now it is placed in a temple in Haridwar.
Multan was formerly known as Kasyapa-pura (Known to ancient Greeks as kaspapyros) meaning the “city of Kashyapa”. According to Puranas, Prahalada was the son of Hiranyakashipu and grandson of Kashyapa.
This Prahladpuri temple once housed devotees and pilgrims from all over the Indian subcontinent. It was a very famous pilgrimage site in the Pre Islamic Period. This temple was first destroyed during Ghaznavid Islamic invasions in the 11th century. A subsequent section of the temple was converted into the mosque of Baha’ul Haq Zakariya in the 13th century. When Sikhs captured Multan in the 19th century, a small temple was rebuilt at the spot. But this temple was also destroyed by Islamist mobs in 1992 in the wake of Babri demolition. A few ruined walls still remain.