Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
Vrindavan is a holy site situated on the holy banks of the Yamuna river. The term Vrindavan is similar to the word Vrinda which means a Tulsi plant that grows abundantly throughout the entire city. Resounding with the playful tricks of the young Lord Krishna, the city is deeply rooted in ancient Hindu mythology surrounding the compassionate Lord. Pilgrims from all over the world flock here to pay their respects and visit the numerous temples. The Banke-Bihari Temple is one of the famous temples here not just for its architecture but for its week-long lavish Holi celebrations. During this period, the idol of Bihariji, Krishna’s another name is dressed up in plain white coloured clothes and brought much closer to his devotees to play Holi. The Vrindavan Holi is played with gulal which is a form of colour made using organic substances like kesar and flowers. The priests in the temple, Goswamis sprinkle these colours on everyone using water guns and buckets. The atmosphere is filled with bhajans in the background while people are dancing to their heart’s content. The celebrations start from February 25 till March 4, 2018.