So this was the time we were waiting for. We are waiting for the
festival of color Holi. We were planning to go there for like past few years but we are not able to make it, but this was the time we canceled all our plans and make it to the destination. This trip
contains many places, you will be going to know about them all.
- Dauji (Baldev)
Well, Holi is celebrated in almost every part of India, Holi
in Braj is especially famous. Braj is a historical region which
covers the area of Mathura, Vrindavan and some nearby areas.
Holi here attracts tourists and pilgrims from all over the world because of its unique customs and traditions. Mathura is the birth-
place of Lord Krishna and Vrindavan is the place where he grew
up in his childhood.
When Krishna was young, he cribbed to his mother about Radha
(his friend) being fair while Krishna himself was dark complexioned. His mother (Yashoda) suggested him to color
Radha with colors in a playful manner. Over the years, Krishna from his village Nandgaon used to go to Barsana (Radha’s village) to color Radha and other Gopis. They also used to playfully beat him with sticks. And hence the tradition evolved.
This was our longest trip which was about 30 days long because
all these places have there decided days to celebrate Holi and we
managed to go to all the places.
This is one of the main Festivals of India Which people come to witness from different countries from all across the world. We
came to meet many tourists from different countries.
Now, first of all, we enjoyed the Holi in Barsana which is meant to be the birthplace of Radha Ji. People here play a tradition of playing Holi with Wooden sticks in response to their efforts to put color on them. This is also known as Lathmar Holi. We will share the Pictures we took there to make a clear look that what exactly use to happen there. The Holi celebration started on 14 March
2019 there and continues till the main day. The main day of Holi
was 21 March 2019 followed by the Holika Dahan on the night of
20 March 2019.
Then the next day we went to Nandgaon. Celebrations in
Barsana is followed up by similar celebrations in Nandgaon
(Krishna’s village) on the very next day. Nandgaon has found a
reference in religious texts as the place where Krishna spent most of his childhood days. According to legends, after Krishna went to
Barsana to put color on Radha and her friends came to
Nandgaon on the next day to put color on Krishna. And hence,
Holi celebrations shift from Barsana to Nandgaon.
The Banke-Bihari Temple in Vrindavan is one such place to
enjoy the festivities as it hosts a week-long Holi celebration here.
During these days, the idol of Bihariji (Krishna’s another name) is
dressed up in white colored clothes and it is brought closer to his
devotees to play Holi. Vrindavan Holi is played with colored
water and gulal, a form of color made using organic substances like flowers and kesar. Goswami (priests in the temple) sprinkle colors on everyone using buckets, water guns, etc. The whole atmosphere is made even more lively with music (bhajans) in the background and people dance to the tunes while enjoying the colors. This was started on 16 March 2019 in Vrindavan.
Dauji Temple (located 28 km from Mathura) hosts Huranga where men are beaten up by women. This is a centuries-old
tradition that started when the temple was established. Women of the family that built the temple beat men in courtyarded of the temple and rip their clothes. After the ritual, everyone joins in to play Holi. That was the next to the Main day of Holi.
This is how our holi trip ended, we enjoyed a lot as expected, we will try to go to these places again every year. This blog was
delayed because we lost all the data from the Festival.
All the Pictures above are captured by my friend with us. We somehow collected a few from him for you guys to enjoy. Please
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