Travelling takes you to the places which otherwise you would have never explored. It acquaintes you to different customs, cultures, traditions and religious beliefs. This time my travel took me to Vrindavan in Mathura, UttarPradesh to see the colours of Hindu festival Holi. Its the place where according to Hinduism Lord Krishna (the Hindu deity) spent his childhood.
Vrindavan is some 11 kms from mathura and approximately 180 km’s from Delhi through the Agra – Delhi highway called as Yamuna expressway and it takes 2-3 hours to reach. I started at 8 in the morning and reached the city of Krishna by 11 AM.
The are was filled with the festive fervour and it was colourful everywhere. Yellow, green, blue, red and many more colours.
The main celebration was inside the Gopi Nath temple and as I reached people were already dancing on religious songs and air was filled with the rainbow of colours.
The festival of Holi is celebrated all across India but the speciality of the celebrations of Holi in Vrindavan remains in two things. One for Hindus its a holy city and the second being this is the only place where hundreds of widows celebrate the festival of colours, breaking the age old custom. This cold be possible because of the efforts by an NGO Sulabh International
As per the custom, widows are not allowed to celebrate any festival not are they allowed to wear coloured clothes, forget about playing with colours. But here the scenario was altogether different. Widows not only played with colours but also were dancing like the Radha’s (Hindu goddess) for Krishna (deity in Hinduism).
One more amazing part of the Holi in Vrindavan remains that you would find many foreigners also enjoying the colours of holy.