Hello travellers looking to explore India, then Holi festival is an ideal time for you to explore India. Holi festival is celebrated with equal enthusiasm in both urban and rural India. This festival is also known as the “Festival of colors”.
The holi festival is celebrated in month of February or March. In this year Holi will be celebrated on 29th March and is the second most widely festival celebrated in India India after Diwali.
The celebrations of Holi festival according to Indian Mythology
Holi is celebrated with equal enthusiasm by every community but for Hindu community this festival has various mythological stories
Here are some of the Mythological stories behind the celebrations of Holi festival:
1. The great Indian festival lasts for a day and a night, which starts in the evening of Purnima or the Full Moon Day in the month of Falgun.
2. The festival celebrates the killing Holika, the sister of Hrinyakashyapu with the name Holika Dahan celebrated on first evening of the festival and the following day is called Holi. The ritual of Holika Dahan starts by lighting up the bonfire one day before the day of Holi and is mark to celebrate the victory of good over the bad.
3. Holi festival holds the significance respect to end of winter season and the onset of summer season.
4. Another beautiful way behind the celebration of Holi festival is associated with the immortal love of Radha and Krishna.
Mathura and Vrindavan holds the special place in India if any festival is dedicated to Radha and Krishna. Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Krishna and Vrindavan is the place where lord Krishna spend his childhood and met Radha. According to legend, the tradition of playing colors on Holi originated from the leela of Radha and Krishna. Mathura holds a vibrant place week before Holi.
How to reach Mathura and Vrindavan:
Mathura is a popular city in the state of Uttar Pradesh you can easily reach here via rail, air, road. Vrindavan is town in Mathura approximately 15 kms away
1. By Air: To reach Mathura by air the nearest airport Agra Airport which is 50 kms away from Mathura. However, as very few passenger flights operate here. The another major nearest airport to reach Mathura is Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi which is approximately 150 kms away. After reaching Delhi you can hire a bus, taxi or train to reach Mathura.
2. By Railways: To reach at Mathura by railways the nearest railway station is at Mathura junction which is very well connected to major cities including Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Indore, Agra, Bhopal, Gwalior, Varanasi, Lucknow to Mathura.
3. By Road: If you are in Delhi then to reach Mathura is very accessible by road. Mathura is very well connected by road from Delhi, Agra, Moradabad, Jaipur, Bikaner, Kolkata along with other small towns of UP and nearby states. Mathura is served by several state government buses along with private operators. Visitors can avail direct buses from places like Delhi, Agra, Alwar, Aligarh, Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ajmer, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Kanpur, Meerut, Haridwar etc.
Though holi celebrations start 1 month before the actual holi day in Mathura and Vrindavan but I suggest everyone if you really want to experience the celebrations of holi festival in Mathura and Vrindavan then reach here 1 week before because there are some events taken which you will definitely enjoy.
Here are the top reasons to visit Mathura and Vrindavan to celebrate holi festival:
1. Lathmar Holi at Barsana and Nandgaon: Lathmar holi is very unique way of celebrating holi festival takes place about seven days before the actual Holi at Barsana and Nandgaon. These are the two towns in Mathura where lathmar holi is celebrated. In this event women chase men and beat them up with Lathis (sticks) and it’s called lathmar holi.
Top Reasons to visit Mathura and Vrindavan to celebrate holi festival
In the end, I hope you like my blog. Also I wish you all very happy holi in advance.