BEST PLACES TO VISIT HOLI



 

Holi, the first thing that comes to our mind is colours, delightful fragrance of gujia. Holi is celebrated on the 
full moon day of Phagun (12th month in Hindu calendar)  generally February or  March. India being a manifold country have different ways of celebrating Holi. 


Jaipur 

The pink city or the capital of Rajasthan  is famous for it’s old and unique pink buildings and the rich cultural heritage. At present also there are kings and queens living in the heritage buildings called ‘Mahals’.
Major attraction centers are:
Ajmer  fort
Hawa mahal
Jal mahal
City palace
The city has some eye catching events like:
The  elephant festival is an attraction centre during holi.
 It has it’s own uniqueness, featuring decorated elephants and elephant beauty contest, elephant polo, elephant dance.
However, this procession was prohibited in 2012 due to protest from animal rights group.

Uttar Pradesh

Various cities like Mathura, Vrindavan and Barsana  are interconnected. Mathura being the birth place of Lord Krishna. Vrindavan was where Lord Krishna spent his childhood years and barsana the birthplace of his beloved gopi Radha.
Mathura and  Vrindavan have places of great attraction:
Iskcon temple
Prem mandir
Banke bihari temple
Shri Krishna janabhoomi
 An entirely different way of celebrating Holi is:
Holi celebration is done with special pooja and servings to lord Krishna(makhan-chor).
An event of ‘matkiphod’ (clay pot is hung on a rope, people form human pyramids to reach the height to burst the pot).
At Barsana city where ‘Lathh mar’ holi is celebrated. Legend has it that Lord Krishna visited his beloved Radha’s village to play holi. As his usual mischievous behaviour he was playfully teasing, and was then chased off.
Currently men and women celebrate it with sticks and shields. Thousands of visitors come here to watch this auspicious event. 

 Varanasi

One of the oldest cities of India, Varanasi has always been a centre of attraction for people because of the ancient temples. The ganga ghats and sandal scented lanes, the mouth watering street food have always been delightful.
People celebrate holi with great fervor and enthusiasm and is a crowd pleaser.
‘HolikaDahan’ where people light bonfire and throw cow dung cake and grain as an offering to god. People even throw ubtan in the fire after using it to rub on their bodies as a belief that they would be disease free for the rest of the year.
On the holi eve people gather at the ghats ( near ganga river) and sign bhajan and play instruments.

Maharashtra

At Mumbai the traditional
‘DahiHandi’ celebration takes place where the winner is named as king of the year.
 In ISKCON  temple people celebrate it in traditional ways.
Goa, the most festive states of all, has it’s festivities onn even on this time.
A month long spring festival under the name of Śigmo where Holikapooja is performed and offering gulal to the deity.

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