Holi is an important festival of India, also known as the festival of love and colors. It is a Hindu religious festival celebrated in India. All Hindu’s and as well as people of other communities celebrate the Holi in different state with different culture. Holi is a colorful festival of India, It is symbol of the loves.
One Week Holi Celebration:
Mathura is the only Destination on the planet Earth which witnesses unprecedented vibrancy of culture & colors during Holi Period.
- 16 March 2016, Wednesday: Barsana Laddu Holi in Sri ji Temple.
- 17 March 2016, Thursday: Barsana Lathmar Holi (Main Holi Barsana).
- 18 March 2016, Friday: Nandgaon Lathmar Holi.
- 19 March 2016, Saturday: Rangbharni Ekadashi & Lathmar Holi in Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple, Mathura.
- 23 March 2016, Wednesday: Holika Dahan (Holi Fire).
- 24 March 2016, Thursday: Dhulandi Holi (Colorful Water Holi in Brij).
History of Holi
Why we celebrate the Holi, there is a symbolic legend to explain. The word “Holi” originates from the Holika, the Holika was sister of the king Hiranyakashipu. King was blind in special powers. He became very egoistic and domineering. His ordered of own worshipped as God in his kingdom. Now considered himself invincible and started a reign of terror, hurting and killing everyone on earth and conquest of the three lokas. Hiranyakashipu was so angry and upset at his son. Because his son Prahlada workship of Load Vishnu, not hirnyakashipu. So he decides he must kill him. The demons tried to use their illusionary powers on Prahlada but none of their powers could stand before him. He tried to influence Prahlada against Lord Vishnu but failed and Prahlada was still as devoted as ever to Lord Vishnu. He ordered him to be trampled underfoot by an elephant. The enraged elephant was unable to crush the body. Hirnyakashipu try many ideas for kill the his son, but fail all idea. Lord Vishnu resided in the heart of Prahlada. king call his sister, Holika for help. Hiranyakashipu asked Holika to sit with his son Prahlada in her lap in the hope that he will burn in fire. Without any fear of death Prahlada started chanting the mantras of Lord Vishnu. Holika has a distinctive cloak that when worn prevented her from being harmed by fire. But a strong breeze started swaying the cloak. The cloak flew from Holika and covered Prahlada. then Holika was death and Prahlada remained unharmed.
Since then, people celebrated in night as Holika Dahan. Hindus build bonfire with woods celebrates the victory and devotion of Prahlada or the success of good over evil and enjoy next day with colours.
Dhulendi (The festival celebrated a day after Holi)
The tourist from all over the world come and participate in the spring festival of Holi. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival. Dhulandi (festival of colours) is celebrated all over India a day after Holi and marks the start of spring.
Chaitra shukla pratipada, the day following Holika dahan is known as Dhulendi. In fact, this day Holi is played all over the country.
Lathamar Holi Celebration Barsana & Nandgaon 2016
The Lord krishana played Holi with Radha-Rani in Barsana Ras-Lila period. thus, Millions of people celebrate famous Lathamar Holi of Barsana. Lathmar Holi is celebrated across several villages in Mathura. But most famous Lathamar Holi celebration in Barsana, Mathura Uttar Pradesh. Lathmar Holi celebrate before the actual Holi celebration, that is celebrate in Barsana village. This year 2016 Lathamar holi celebrate on March 18 and March 19. In 2016, Holi festival is on March 23 (Wednesday) and March 24 (Thursday). The famous stick fight between men and women, men from Nandgaon and women of Barsana take place on the day.
Men and women both prepare for Holi in advance. Lathamar Holi celebration main aim of the Nandgaon men to install a flag on the Radha Rani temple Barsana and claim victory. Barsana women face them with bamboo sticks. In Lathamar Holi Nandgaon men play the role of gops (Krishna friends) and Barsana women play role gopis (friends of Radha Rani). Nandgaon men reach Barsana and throw the colour on woman and woman fight to men with batons. Next day all women return to Nandgaon to play the Holi.
List of some famous hotels in Mathura:-
- - Clarks Inn Mathura, Mathura.
- - Hotel Abhinandan, Mathura.
- - Hotel Brijwasi Lands inn, Mathura.
- - Hotel Brijwasi Royal, Mathura.
- - Hotel Goverdhan Palace, Mathura.
- - Hotel Sheetal Regency, Mathura.
- - Hotel Wingston Goverdhan, Mathura.
Mathura is an important railway junction. Most trains between Delhi and Agra stop in Mathura. The journey from Delhi takes 2-3 hours depending on the train type.
Mathura is now connected with New Delhi via Noida-Agra world class express ways(6 lane). This will be a lovely exprience travling by Noida-Agra express ways. Awesome drive….Best express ways in India. Distance of Noida-Mathura is 135 KM only….
Nearest airport is Agra (Kheria Airport). It is 50 km from Mathura. Perhaps most of the international and domestic flights are landing into IGI Airport, Delhi. IGI Airport is 150 km from Mathura.