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Photo Story: Holi, the festival of colours, at Braj

Holi is a joyful featival of colours celebrating the beginning of the new season and saying farewell to winter. It is also an important religious festival. Braj Bhoomi, the land that epitomizes the whole of the rich Indian culture is also known as the land of Lord Krishna, as it has witnessed the enchantment of the most divine Krishna Leela with the pristine love affair between Krishna and his devotee Radha rani. The Krishna Leela is a true portrayal of love, divinity and romance and Radha rani is a unique character that has always remained the most important part of the Krishna Leela. Barsana is the village where Radha spent her childhood and it is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites for the followers of Vaishnavism, and especially Gaudiya Vaishnavism. Lord Krishna always used to visit Barsana to play Holi with Radha and her friends, and the village is blessed with the distinction of having the only temple dedicated to Radha in India. At the festival, thousands gather and the holi songs of the Braj mandal are sung in the pure Braj Bhasha language. The main day of the festival is celebrated with exuberant behaviour and by people throwing scented and coloured powder and perfume at each other. These fabulous photographs were captured at the event by Jagjit Singh, a freelance travel photographer from Chandigarh, India.

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2 thoughts on “Photo Story: Holi, the festival of colours, at Braj

  1. Amazing pictures!

    Posted by Avalynn27 | May 8, 2012, 9:29 am
  2. Reblogged this on Armchair Travels and commented:
    stunning pics

    Posted by roamingpenguin | May 8, 2012, 9:58 am

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