Holi in Mathura-Vrindavan
- People from all corners of India, rather, world gather at Mathura-Vrindavan every year to feel the essence of Holi in the land of Krishna.
- So much is the passion of the people here, that they throng these temples every day and get drenched in coloured water...all in the name of the Lord they love so much.
People from all corners of India, rather, world gather at Mathura-Vrindavan every year to feel the essence of Holi in the land of Krishna. People relive the legends of Holi associated with Radha and Krishna and play pranks the young Krishna played with the cowgirls called gopis. The underlying feeling of this fun-frolic was love and devotion. Even today, romance can be experienced in the very atmosphere in the Krishna-nagari. One just needs to breathe in this air and drench oneself in the feeling of love and romance. Myriad colours of Holi are simply a facade on this. Celebrations Continue for a Week
With an immensely strong bonding with Lord Krishna, people of Mathura and Vrindavan celebrate Holi for over a week. Each major Krishna temple celebrates Holi on a different day. Of immense interest for the tourist is the celebrations which take place at the famous Bakai-Bihari Temple at Vrindavan. Drenched in the colours of Holi people can be found totally immersed in the spirit of devotion here.Another interesting place for Holi celebrations is Gulal-Kund in Braj; a beautiful little lake near Govardhan mountain. Here, the festival is commemorated on a more regular basis. Pilgrims can see the re-enactments of Holi throughout the year at this lake. Local boys, acting in the Krishna-Lila drama troupes re-enact the scenes of Holi for the pilgrims.
So much is the passion of the people here, that they throng these temples every day and get drenched in coloured water...all in the name of the Lord they love so much.
Lathmar Holi in Barasana
Lathmar Holi in NandGaon
Range Bharni Ekadashi – Lathmar Holi in Krishna Janmabhoomi, Mathura; Colorful Holi celebration in Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan
Holika Dahan in entire Brijmandal; priests crossing holi fire in Phalen Village, Kosi, Mathura
Dhulandi Holi – colored water holi in Brijmandal, color Holi celebrations in Mathura Vrindavan temples
Huranga – famous Huranga Holi celebration in Dauji temple, Baldeo, Mathura
Rang Panchami – end of Holi celebrations in Braj mandal temples
So, basically, there are five major events to attend – the lathmar Holi at Barsana, lathmar Holi at Nandgaon, Holika Dahan in Kosi and colorful Holi at Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan, Baldeo. So plan your trip accordingly. Besides, some local tour and sightseeing in Mathura – the land of Krishna, and adjoining villages would always be exciting. Stroll through the rustic urban villages, sip a glass or two of thandai (read Bhang – made from cannabis leaves mixed with flavored milk) and dance to the tunes of soulful bhajans.