In India, the celebration of Holi is one of the most significant and lively of all. With the charm and playful tidings it brings in, Holi is now adored worldwide. The glee of this festival know no snag. Since it is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal across the country; however, Brij ki Holi is mainly famous among all due to its distinctive celebration. Every year millions of tourist from every nook and corner of the world visit Brij for being a part of this amazing festival.
An off-chord symphony of narrow streets teeming with people and temples, Brij is a love-soaked land of Lord Krishna. It is the area stretching to cover Mathura, Vrindavan, Barsana and Nandgaon in the enchanting land of India, Uttar Pradesh. One can sense the zenith of its liveliness during the Holi season and is the best time to drench oneself in the feeling of love and ecstasy.
The Holi celebrations in Mathura and Vrindavan begin soon before the actual day. People relive the legends of Holi associated with Radha and Krishna, remembering the playful pastimes of Lord Krishna. The underlying feeling of this fun-frolic is love and devotion. Even today, a divine romance splashes in the very atmosphere in this Krishna-Nagari. And what makes this land a perfect getaway during the Holi time is its diverse forms of celebration, full of bliss!
If you are longing to drench in the colors and wish to be immersed in the devotional spirit, then it is deeply recommended to visit Brij and witness some big events as listed below:
- Lathmar Holi at Barsana & Nandgaon
Holi celebrations need no introduction, but in Barsana and Nandgaon, the Holi is marked in a unique way. It is the most astonishing style of celebration where men dressed as Lord Krishna era’s gops are chased and beaten with sticks (lathi) by women donned as gopis. This Holi celebrations starts a week before the actual Holi day. There is a story behind this style of celebration, it is said that when Lord Krishna visited Barsana for Holi, he teased Radha and her friends a lot. This behavior annoyed the ladies and they decided to teach a lesson and ran after him by beating him with sticks. Hence, this day the men from Nandgaon visit Barsana and are chased and beaten up by the ladies here.
- Phoolon wali Holi, at Vrindavan
You might have celebrated Holi with dry and wet colors several times but it is quite amazing to celebrate it with different colored flowers and feel the aroma of sandalwood powder mixed with natural colors. At Vrindavan, on the day of Ekadashi the Banke Bihari temple is adorned with beautiful flowers, which are thrown at the devotees by the priests. That is why it is known as Phoolon wali Holi. It gives an amazing experience as your friends and beloveds shower you with scented colorful flowers.
- Widow’s Holi, at Vrindavan
The life of a widow is not an easy one in India. They are accustomed to be in white simple attires and stay away from their homes and live in widow ashrams. They are forced to live a colorless life by wearing, but in the recent past, the wi dows of Pagal Baba Widow Ashram at Vrindavan had resolute to break this convention by playing with colors. Thus, every year on Holi, these widows carry playful celebration and if you get to catch up with this celebration, you can glimpse an unmatched joy on their faces as they throw colors on each other.
- Celebration at Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan
Banke Bihari is considered as the main place of birth of Lord Krishna, hence this occasion schedules a day before Holi with full energy and enthusiasm. The day when visitors come to play Holi with their beloved lord, Lord Krishna. The chief priests throw holy waters, colors, and the devotees’ chants in accord.