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Holi in Mathura and Vrindavan
Posted 10 Mar 2020 12:20 PM

Source: TOI

When the discussion is about the best Holi celebrations in India, it is simply impossible to miss out on the mention of Mathura. Mathura’s Holi celebrations have been famous not only among Indians but also among travellers who visit India from different parts of the world.

Also, not too far from Mathura is Vrindavan, which is yet another place popular place for Holi celebrations. Just like Mathura, Vrindavan’s Holi celebrations also have a lot of significance among tourists from all parts, who visit both the places to partake in the festival of colours and also take back beautiful memories captured through their photographs. So, apart from just tourists, Holi celebrations in Mathura and Vrindavan are also popular among photographers.

What makes Mathura’s Holi special?
Mathura is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna and, thus, Holi celebrations in this place hold a special place in the hearts and minds of people. Thousands of years of history and mythological legends are major factors that make Holi in Mathura so special.

As a traveller, if you are really looking to be a part of the quintessential Mathura ki Holi, head to the ghats of Mathura where Holi is celebrated in the best of ways. Apart from the normal play of colours, this is one of the fewest places in the country where you will be able to witness Lathmar Holi. The Lathmar Holi, just like every year, promises to be interesting. This form of Holi is played with sticks and shields.

The tradition traces its roots back to the times of Lord Krishna. According to the legends, young Lord Krishna used to crib to his mother about him being dark complexioned as compared to Radha who was fair. Krishna’s mother Yashoda suggested her son to go and playfully colour Radha. Lord Krishna agreed and he went to the neighbouring village of Barsana to colour Radha and other Gopis. In return, the women beat him playfully with sticks. So started the tradition of Lathmar Holi.

Holi in Vrindavan
The Holi celebrations in Vrindavan are significant because it is the place where Lord Krishna spent his years growing up. One of the popular places to witness or take part in the famous Holi celebrations of Vrindavan is the Banke-Bihari Temple. The festival of colours here has always been played with the combination of powdered colour, known as gulal, and water. The temple priests, locally known as the Goswamis, sprinkle colours on the devotees with the help of buckets, water guns and other things. While devotional music or bhajans are played out in the background, the devotees dance to their tunes and play with the colours at the same time. This year, the Holi celebrations at the Banke-Bihari Temple will start from March 16.

Important dates
Here are the most important dates and their corresponding events of Holi in Mathura and Vrindavan:

Lathmar Holi at Barsana and Nandgaon: March 4 - 9, 2020
Phoolon waali Holi at Vrindavan: March 6, 2020

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