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Legends of Lohri

Like every other festival, the Punjabi occassion Lohri also has its share of interesting legends that contribute to the charm of the occassion and even serving as possible indicators of its origin. Go through some of the most fascinating legends associated to Lohri and have some reading pleasure. If you like to share these fascinating Legends of Lohri with your friends and dear ones, click here and refer them this page. Happy Lohri to you!

Read these interesting legends of Lohri and have a grand festive time!

Dulla Bhatti

Dulla Bhatti or Rai Abdullah Khan Bhatti was a brave Rajput warrior and the king of of Pindi Bhattian, who led a famous uprising against the Mughal emperor Akbar. Legend has it that he once saved a beautiful girl from the clutches of lustful Mughal officials, took her away to his jugle fort and on her father's request, married her off to a young Hindu boy giving her a kilo of sugar as wedding present. The incident is said to have taken place during the harvest season and Lohri is said to commemorate this brave and selfless act of the courageous Dulla. It is a time when young children visit every house in their locality asking for gifts and singing the folk-song: "Dulla Bhatti ho! Dulle ne dhi viyahi ho! Ser shakar pai ho!" (Dulla gave his daughter a kilo of sugar as a marriage gift) to indicate to the owner of the house that they want some presents. It is generally considered inauspicious to send these children away.


According to one legend, the festival Lohri owes its name to Loi, the wife of Sant Kabir. In the rural areas of Punjab, the word Lohri is often pronounced as Lohi. Some people hold that this is the reason behind the name "Lohri".

Sun God

As per another legend, long long ago in Punjab the rural people had devised a sacred verse that when chanted invoked the Sun God to shine brilliantly and give the people protection from the harsh cold weather. They used to chant this mantra (verse) round a fire on the last day of the Paus month. The tradition, sans the chanting, is still carried out. The fire lit during Lohri represents the sun-god.

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