Holi is one of the most important festivals in India. It is celebrated with immense zeal and fervor throughout the length and breadth of the country. Though the celebrations take place everywhere in the country with extreme enthusiasm and zeal, the celebrations of various places have regional differences. The Holi in Kolkata is different from that of Orissa; the Holi in Bihar is different from that of Haryana. In West India, the Holi is entirely different from how it is celebrated in North Eastern state of Manipur. Every celebration has its own specialty. The Holi of Mathura and Vridavan is extremely famous throughout the country.
It is said that the tradition of playing colors on Holi originated from
the leela of Radha and Krishna. As Krishna was always
jealous of Radha's fair complexion, he teasingly colored Radha's face
with color. In a mischievous mood, Radha also ran behind him badly
annoyed and shouting. This was how the tradition of applying color came
in being and is religiously followed till date. People of Mathura and
Vridavan associate Holi with the divine love of Krishna and Radha.
According to mythological records, it is said that Mathura is actually
the birth place of Lord Krishna, whereas Vrindavan is the place where he
spent the early days of his childhood and left behind tales of mysticism
and divinity. This explains the enigma of Mathura Vrindavan, where one
can still feel the divine presence of the Lord. This is the place where
Lord Krishna introduced the modern form of Holi. This is the reason that
Holi is celebrated with great zeal here.
Thousands of people visit the place, in search of peace, every year.
The Holi celebrations present another reason for the admirers of the
Lord to assemble at Mathura Vrindavan. They come to be a part of the
colorful amalgamation of festivity and divinity. The main aim behind the
festival of Holi is to rejoice in the love and devotion for the Supreme
Being. The color and water washes away all the man made distinctions
based on caste, creed, and other differences created by the society.
Holy here is spiritually enlightening.
The celebrations of the festival go on for about a week in Mathura
Vrindavan. One of the unique features of the festival here is that
different temples of Lord Krishna celebrate Holi on different days. It
is interesting as well as amazing, to watch devotees at the Banke-Bihari
Temple of Vrindavan. The environment is filled with a unique thrill,
with people passionately chanting the name of Lord Krishna and Radha.
Interesting celebrations also takes place at Gulal-Kund in Braj where
boys mock Krishna leela on the day of Holi.