Be A Free Spirit To Play With Colors of HOLI….

March 12, 2017


Be A Free Spirit To Play With Colors of HOLI….

Be a free spirit to play with colors of HOLI….

It’s a unique festival, the kinds of which is probably not found anywhere else in the world. Colors of Holi gives you a deep sense of enjoyment of this festival. Holi is marked as much by religious fervor and devotion as it is by loud music, traditional dances and of course playing with bright gulal and abeer with friends and relatives. Interestingly, in India, different cities and states have their very unique traditions and ways of celebrating this day. With thousand years of history and mythology, stories of goodness prevailing over the evil and those young neighbour kids wildly throwing water balloons and colors at you. If this is your idea of Holi, we dare you to be a part of the crazy and full of fun Holi celebrations of Barsana, Vrindavan, and Braj in Mathura, where it is celebrated the best!

It is on the ghats of Mathura – the birthplace of Krishna where Holi is celebrated in the wildest, fun yet colorful and purest way. With sticks, shields, colors and gallons of water, Holi celebration here is a must-have experience. If you are ready for an epic Holi this year, here we are answering all your questions starting with what, where, when, why and how.

WHY is Holi in Mathura so famous?Holi-cover1

It is in the purest place and the suburbs of Mathura that the love life of Krishna and Radha started and grew. Legends say that Krishna was jealous of Radha’s fairness and used to complain about his own ‘dusky’ face to his mother.He used to throw colors at Radha and paint her face with multiple colors of each other. to balance the skin tones. Krishna used to travel all the way from his village Nandgaon with his friends to Barsana – Radha’s village, so as to color Radha and her friends. In return, the girls used to beat the guys, playfully though, with sticks.

Like every other Radha-Krishna leela in history, this also became a tradition of the purest form. The Holi celebrations in Mathura start a week in advance and continue till the final day of the celebrations with great zeal.

 

 

WHERE is this famous Holi celebrated in Mathura?

However, the entire city is full of Holi celebrations during this time. But for ‘the original Mathura Holi you must land up in Barsana and also visit Nandgaon, Braj, & Vrindavan. Each place has its own feel of Holi celebrations. You can spend a day in Barsana and get a feel of the playful flirtations of Radha Krishna. The next day folks in groups come from Nandgaon to Barsana with colors and paint the women here while playing Holi. The women too, reciprocate and try to defend themselves by playfully beating these folks. Nandgaon should be visited the next day as women from Nandgaon visit Barsana with colors to play and celebrate the festival. Vrindavan and Braj has a different feel of this festival as it is hosted in the temple premises here, where the priests shower blessed colored holy water on the devotees as these people believe in playing Holi with God itself.

HOW to reach Mathura?

Mathura can be easily reached by bus, train and car or taxi! A lot of conveyance options are available and this UP city is well connected from Delhi and many other places which make traveling to and from this place very convenient. Mathura railway station has trains running from almost all the major cities of India. Not to forget the super fast Yamuna Expressway which ensures a swift and smooth road connectivity. There are regular inter-state bus services plying from Delhi at regular intervals and the distance is just 165 km.

Events to experience while celebrating Holi in Mathura?

  • Widow’s HoliThis is celebrated at Pagal Baba Widow Ashram in Vrindavan which is a strong step against the traditional convention that widows in India are not allowed to wear colorful clothes or play with colors. It is surely a divine seen wherein widows forget the boundaries made for them out of old aged traditions and customs and play with colors with a smile on their faces, dressed in white saris.Holi-cover2
  • Lathmar Holi in Barsana & Nandgaon – The festival of Holi is celebrated in a unique fashion. Referred to as the ‘lath maar’ Holi, for the use of a lath or bamboo stick by the women. The act of coloring one another takes on a very fun form here with men rushing towards women to drench them in colored water and women stopping their efforts with the use of these handy laths. It is too much fun to be a part of these festivities.Holi-cover3
  • Range Bharni Ekadashi – On this day, Lathmar Holi is celebarted in Krishna Janmabhoomi, Mathura; and very colorful Holi celebration takes place in Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan.
  • Holika Dahan – happens to be in entire Brijmandal wherein priests initiate the Holi celebrations by lighting fire in Phalen Village, Kosi, Mathura.
  • Dhulandi Holi – This is another colored water holi in Brijmandal, especially in Mathura Vrindavan temples.
  • HurangaThis tradition dates back to more than 500 years, when the Krishna temple was established. On the day after Holi, Duaji Temple located about 30 km outside Mathura, comes alive with men getting not just beaten up but also stripped by the women. This celebration happens to be in the temple courtyard.
  • Rang Panchami – It marks the end of Holi celebrations in Braj mandal temples.

 

Tips for a SAFE & ENJOYABLE HOLI !

  • Use generous amounts of coconut oil on every part of your body and hair.
  • Do not shy away from using nail paint on your nails. Boys this one is for you too! Nails absorb the colored pigments while washing hands. Apply a generous coat of transparent sheen on all 20 nails – remove it after you clean up – unless you want to walk around with multi-colored nails till they grow out.
  • Wear clothes that you can throw away!
  • Go very easy on the bhang Lassi/Thandai drinks. It is a very powerful intoxicant, disguised as a sweet, delicious drink. Bhang lassi is one of the reasons it’s not safe for women to wander in public on Holi in India —you may find lots of people seriously intoxicated with this drink in Holi.
  • Find a family or group of people to play Holi with; avoid going out alone into the streets.
  • Holi is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm in North India, and many towns and cities claim to have the “best” Holi atmosphere in UP. So, if you trying it for the first time, prefer being in some city of North India.
  • Lastly, do not forget to let go and just have FUN!

 

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