Holi, the festival of colors is one of biggest Indian festivals filled with fun. Holi is the day when the souls are colored with the colors of tradition and culture. The lively shades of the life are called colors. The festival of Holi gathers people to celebrate it. This festival brings all the happy and positive vibes. On this festival, prayers to god are done but then it is continued as the colourful street festival on the streets. The festivities start at the time of Makar Sankranti in the mid of January month and is continued till the day of Holi which is the main day of Holi. It is obvious that people won’t mind getting the splash of gulal and Balam Pichkari song playing in the background.
Now the question arises where this beautiful festival best celebrated. The festival of Holi is celebrated in Vrindavan, Barsana and Braj Bhumi in Mathura. The ghats of Mathura are considered as the birthplace of Krishna and the wildest Holi is celebrated here. Holi is a must have experience in Mathura because this festival is celebrated with colors, shields, sticks, and canons of water. If you wish to celebrate this Indian festival in these places then it is advisable to reach the place some days before Holi and stay back here for some days to enjoy the big events conducted before and after the main day of Holi.
Braj Holi is famous all over the world. The area of Vrindavan, Mathura are covered under the historical region named Braj. Because of its special traditions and customs, Braj Holi attracts pilgrims and tourists from every corner of the world. It is said that the birth place of Lord Krishna is Mathura and the place where he grew up and played during his childhood is Vrindavan.
How To Reach Mathura
Uttar Pradesh is very well connected from Delhi. From Delhi, taxi, car, bus, and trains are available to reach Mathura. The distance between Barsana and Mathura is just 50 km. Also, there is a railway station in Mathura that has trains from all the major cities. Also, there are inter-state bus facilities from Delhi and is at a distance of 165 km.
In Vrindavan staying is not a major concern rather you book in advance. There are a lot of staying option here from simple rooms at cheap prices to luxurious hotels and resorts. One of the best options of stay is provided by the hotel named Nidhivan Sarovar Portico.
Major Events In Mathura
There are 5 major events that need to be attended while visiting Mathura for the celebration of Holi. They are mentioned below.
1. Phoolon wali Holi in Vrindavan
This kind of Holi is celebrated before Holi on the day of Ekadashi. This Phoolon wali Holi is celebrated in the Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan. The festival of Holi is celebrated in a unique manner that is with flowers and not with wet or dry colors. Celebrating this kind of Holi in Vrindavan is in itself a unique and lifetime experience and hence the name describes itself that is Holi with flowers. For this celebration, the gates of Banke Bihari temple opens around 4 pm and this Phoolon wali Holi starts right after that. This is just a short affair of 15 to 20 minutes the flowers are thrown by the temple priests at the devotees. It is very obvious that you can miss this short affair if you are not on time. So it is advised to be at the gate before time to enjoy this kind of unique Holi and capture the moments in your camera.
2. Lath Mar Holi
This is another unique and fun-filled style of Holi celebrations in the Nandgaon Barsana town. This is a very peculiar style in which women use Lathis to chase and beat men who wish to play this Holi festival with them and the men used a shield to protect themselves and so is the name Lath Mar Holi. It is actually said that this festival is so celebrated because Lord Krishna visited Radha in Barsana village and used to tease her along with her friends. Radha with her friends chased Krishna and beat him with sticks. So people celebrate this kind of Lathmar Holi by visiting this town and get chased and beaten up by women. This is a huge event and attracts lots of tourists to enjoy the fun filled beatings.
3. Widows Holi
A very difficult life is lead by the Indian Widows. They live a life which lacks worldly pleasure. The Widows were forced to banish and were forced to live in ashrams in Vrindavan and Varanasi. They were not allowed to participate in any celebrations and were forced to wear white clothes forbidden from colors. A few years back this barrier was broken by Pagal Baba Widow Ashram and started playing with colors and celebrate Holi. It is advisable to visit and meet them to spread cheer and love on this festival.
4. Holi at Banke Bihari Temple
This temple is a must visit a place on Holi. This is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna and is considered as the hub of Holi Festivities in Vrindavan. This event takes place the day before the Holi. The door of this temple is opened for the visitors to play Holi with the Lord. Holy water and colors are thrown by the priest and the crowd chants together. This event provides a lifetime experience to be cherished for the lifetime.
5. Holi Procession In Mathura
After heading from Vrindavan, it’s time to head Mathura to involve yourself in the colorful Holi Procession. This procession takes place in the Vishram Ghat and ends at the Holi Gate. The tourist gets a perfect view around 3 pm when there are 10-12 vehicles decorated with flowers and some kids dressed up as Radha and Krishna. Here Holi is played by everyone until you get fully colored and it’s impossible to escape from getting colored.
To understand how the celebration of colours in Mathura actually is, you have to visit this place at least once. And you got to trust us, you won’t regret as what you will get is an experience of a lifetime.
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