Bura na mano, Holi Hai ‘(Please, it does not matter, it’s Holi)
The Holi Festival is celebrated as the goodness that prevails over evil, a time for celebration, for adoration, for youthful flirting and to let go. It is a game of spreading, splashing, and sprinkling colored powder and water on everyone you see.
Holi is a boisterous business celebrated with the same fervor and joy in urban and rural India. The legend of Holi is inspired by Indian mythology and the playful flirtations of Radha and Krishna. This phenomenon of celebrating life, love, kindness and the beginning of spring have many variations in India.
According to one more mythology, in an attempt to punish his son Prahlad for worshiping Lord Vishnu, the demon-king Hiranyakashipu asked his sister Holika to keep him in a blazing fire. Holika had a blessing that meant she could never be burned, however, she was burned to death in this act and Prahlad was released unharmed.
In India Holi is celebrated throughout the country, but in Muthura, Vrindavan and Barsana, it is celebrated at an amazing level.
Mathura, Vrindavan, Barsana, Nandgaon and Govardhan are collectively called ‘Brajbhoomi.
Holi in Mathura
The festivities begin as early as two weeks before in the ghats of Mathura , the birthplace of Krishna where Holi is celebrated in the wildest but colorful and sane revelry. With sticks, shields, colors and water cannons, Holi celebration here is a must-have experience.
The legends speak of how Lord Krishna and Radha love flourished in the suburbs of the city of Mathura.
Holi in Barsana
The Holi-celebration in Nandgaon and Barsana occurs approximately one week before the actual date for Holi. There are two villages near Vrindavan. One is called Nandgaon and the other is known as Barsana. Nandgaon is the birthplace of Lord Krishna and Barsana is Radha (his beloved).
Here, the women of Barsana use sticks to beat the men, who come from the adjacent village of Nandgaon. The ritual recreates the time when Lord Krishna visited Radha, who remained in Barsana, and played malicious pranks on her and her friends on Holi’s occasion. In turn, the Barsana women were offended and pursued with sticks. After the beating, it is said that Lord Krishna fled to Nandgaon.
This recreation happens every year, where the men of Nandgaon visit Barsana to play Holi and Splash color in the women, only to be playfully beaten with sticks. The next day, Barsana’s men go to Nandgaon to wet the women in water and color. This unusual celebration is a great attraction for tourists, so Lathmar Holi an element of experience must in his travel itinerary.
Holi-Vrindavan Main Event
If you are ready to take the game a few notches higher, head to the Bihari bench temple in Vrindavan in Holi, it is the absolute best places to have the true Holi experience, one that you will remember for a lifetime.
Vrindavan was where Radha and Krishna met for their secret meeting in the garden of Krishna Leela. This is where it all began. Vrindavan celebrates Holi with great frankness. The Festival is observed here for a week.
Thousands of devotees coincide on this occasion. Tourists from all over the world are also attracted to Vrindavan to take a look at India in all its vibrant colors. The celebrations also include parades, performances of “Raas-Leela ” and cultural shows.
Widows in India have been treated with great apathy through the ages. In an encouraging development, Vrindavan recently broke the shackles of this suffocating tradition including the widows in Holi festivities.
Hundreds of widows, now participate in the grand Holi festivities of Vrindavan, throwing colors and flowers in each of the others.
List of attractions:
- Lathmar Holi in Barasana
- Lathmar Holi in Nand Gaon
- Phoolon Wali Holi-only flowers are used, celebration at the Banke Bihari temple.
- Gama Bharni Ekadashi – Lathmar Holi in Krishna Janmabhoomi , Mathura; Colorful Holi celebration at the Bank of Bihari temple, Vrindavan
- Widow Holi – Lathmar in the Widow Ashram of Pagal Baba in Vrindavan that is a strong step against the traditional Convention that widows in India are not allowed to wear colorful clothes or play with colors
- Holika Dahan in whole Brijmandal; priests crossing Holi fire in the village of Phalen, Kosi, Mathura
- Dhulandi Holi-colored water Holi in Brijmandal, colors Holi celebrations in the temples of Mathura Vrindavan
- Huranga-famous celebration of Huranga Holi in the temple of DAUJI, washroom, Mathura
- Panchami Sounded-End of Holi Celebrations in the Braj Mandal Temples
Must know things
- Dress appropriately. Cover your head with a scarf, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes, wear proper shoes – preferably shoes, so you do not slip.
- Do not carry valuables
- If you are a photographer, protect your camera lens from water and color.
- Be careful with evildoers. Girls are recommended to travel in groups with male members who protect them at all times.
- Do not consume bhaang if you can not handle it.
- Store your hotel room with food, lest you starve on Holi’s day.
- Choose a hotel near the place so you do not have to travel a lot during the day.
How to get
The distance from Delhi to Mathura is around 141kms (by train) and 162kms (by road), and Mathura to Barsana is around kilometers. Vrindavan is about 12 kms and 30 minutes by taxi from Mathura.
You can drive your own car, rent a taxi or take a bus or train to Mathura. When you arrive in Mathura, take a taxi to Barsana.
Where to Stay
Starting from the locals opening their homes for visitors to luxurious resorts and hotels – there are options available for every budget.
Caution: Book in advance.