Vrindavan Holi 2016 Dates and Celebration
Holi, the Festival of Colours is one of the most popular festival in India since thousands of years and is now also celebrated by various communities in all over the country including non-Hindu. Festival of colour - Holi will be celebrated on Thursday, 24rd March 2016 in all over the world. Holi pooja takes place a day before the Holi Festival. This day is known as 'Holika Dahan'. This occasion is celebrated with immense zeal and enthusiasm, reliving the glorious Hindu legends associated with RadhaRadha
Radha, also known as Radhika and Radharani was a Gopi (milkmaid)...
Holi festival is celebrated in almost every part of India, especially famous in Braj Holi, also known as 'Braj ki Holi'. Braj Bhoomi is the homeland of Lord KrishnaKrishna
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and Radha. Braj Bhoomi is the historical regions which are covered the area of Mathura and Vrindavan. According to Hindu mythology, Braj comprises regions that hold high significance in the life story of Lord Krishna. Mathura is the birth place and Vrindavan is the grew up place of Lord Krishna.Many tourists and pilgrims all over the world attract Holi festival because of their customs and traditions.
The tradition of Holi in Vrindavan, it is believed that when Lord Krishna is young, he was jealous of Radha being fair while himself was dark complexion and narrated his mother Yashoda. His mother suggested him to colour Radha's face in a playful manner. On one day Krishna to go Barsana(village go Radha) to coloured Radha and her friends Gopis. Since then, this tradition is being celebrated in the city with fun and passion. Playing Holi with flowers is also popular here.
Holi Calendar 2016: Schedule of Celebrations
Lathmaar Holi at Barsana (17th March 2016 Thursday)
Lathmaar Holi at Nandgaon (18th March 2016 Friday)
Holi in Mathura (19th March 2016 Saturday)
Holi at Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan (20th March 2016 Sunday)
Holi celebration in Gokul (21th March 2016 Monday)
Dwarkadish Temple in Mathura (22th March 2016 Tuesday)
Holi celebration at Temples & streets of Vrindavan (23th March 2016 Wednesday)
Actual Holi celebration (24th March 2016 Thursday)
Visit Lathmar Holi in Barsana for Holi on 17th March 2016
Lathmar Holi in Barsana is celebrations starts about a week before the actual date time of Holi. Barsana is a village of Radha near Mathura. It is famous for its Lathmar Holi in which women beat men (playfully) with sticks. The celebrations in Barsana will happen on 17th of March 2016. Barsana is the place where Radha used to live and Krishna visit this place to put colour on Radha.
Visit Nandgaon on 18th March 2016
The next day, Barsana men visit Nandagaon (village of Krishna) to colour the women with water and Palaash. Nandgaon has found a famous sacred, holy and religious places of worship where Krishna spent their childhood days. According to Hindu mythology, after Krishna went to Radha village Barsana to put colour on Radha, Radha and her friends came to Krishna village Nandgaon on the next day to put color on Krishna and hence, Holi festival celebrations shift from Barsana to Nandgaon.
Stay in Vrindavan for the next few days till Holi
Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan is also a really interesting tradition in Holi. It is believed that on the day of Holi, the almighty only sits and observes his devotees play Holi and himself does not participate in the festivities. During these days, Bihariji(another name of Lord Krishna) is dressed up with white clothes and it is brought closer to his devotees to play Holi. So it's actually the day before the main Holi festival, that the temple comes alive when God himself actually plays Holi with his devotees. The Goswamis (temple priests) spray holy water and colors and the devotees chant in unison.
Places to Visit in Vrindavan
Apart from Banke Bihari Temple, this special celebration going on many temples:
Madan Mohan Temple – The oldest temple in Vrindavan, it is located on the banks of River Yamuna and dedicated to Lord Madan Mohan, another name of Lord Krishna.
Govinda Dev Temple – A majestic seven storied temple with an altar of gold, silver and marble. The important attraction is a beautifully sculpted lotus flower adorning the main hall ceiling.
Radharamana Temple – Another popular temple of Gopala Bhatta Goswami.
Radha Damodara Temple – It is one of the most important temples in Vrindavan where the original deity was hand-carved by Rupa Goswami.
The Gulal-Kund in Braj is also another interesting place to celebrate Holi. A small lake near the Govardhan hill.
Where to Stay in Vrindavan during Holi
Vrindavan has a lot of options to stay, but it’s best to book your room in advance. FabHotel ISCKON Temple, Deyor Gold Star Atalla Chungi, Hare Krishna Orchid and Bhaktidhama are some good hotels in Vrindavan. Most of the rooms here are simple and are available at very nominal prices (starting from Rs.350 per night for a double bedroom).
How to reach Vrindavan from Mathura
The nearest railway station is at Mathura (12km) and the nearest airport at Delhi (142km). Taxis and cabs are available from Mathura railway station at regular intervals for Vrindavan. State buses connect Vrindavan to other neighbouring cities.