King Hiranyakashipu tried many ways to kill his son Prahlada. Holika was his sister with a boon that a fire can not burn/harm her.

To kill Prahlada in fire, Hiranyakashipu asked her sister's help. She suggested that she will sit in fire with Prahlada in her lap, so this way the fire will burn the Prahlada.

Now when the fire was finished, Holika was burned into fire while nothing has happened to Prahlada.

So, My question is Why Holika got burned in fire even when she was having a boon not to get burned in the fire? In other words why the boon didn't work?

Image of Prahlada sitting in the lap of Holika in fire.

Topic of this week is holi

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    I don't think Holika is mentioned in Hindu scripture at all. It may just be a folklore addition to the story of Prahlada. Commented Mar 3, 2015 at 14:37
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    Please don't create unnecessary tags, lets not get too specific of what we are asking
    – Mr. Alien
    Commented Mar 6, 2015 at 15:51
  • Holika was not aware that the boon will work only when she was alone in the fire.
    – user3937
    Commented Oct 15, 2015 at 9:45
  • Holika died in the fire because Lord Vishnu had rescued Prahallada form that fire.
    – ROHIT
    Commented Dec 12, 2015 at 9:48
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    Could you mention the boon exactly word to word in your question that might help to get the loop hole in her boon. Since gods always leave a loophole in boons to kill asuras.
    – Yogi
    Commented Dec 12, 2015 at 18:03

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Holika's boon was that fire won't burn her, if she (only her) uses the magical shawal. While trying to burn Prahlad, she used the shawal but its not just her its also the Prahlad who was present, so that voilated the condition of the boon and hence died.


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