When love, folks, colours and celebration met the destination is called vrindavan.
A holy place where love is worshipped in the form of colours. Vrindavan city where Lord Krishna spent his childhood with his mother yashoda. The same place where Krishna met his Radha, and then the saga began and will be remembered till time immemorial.“Radha-Krishna” name that cannot be taken without the other. These two names are always spoken in a single breath as if they are one. Without Radha, Krishna is incomplete and without Krishna, Radha can never be complete. Doesn’t it say a lot about the kind of eternal love these two share? They immortalized their story in time and gave a definition to the meaning of true love.
When Lord Sri Krishna was young, he complained to his mother about Radha having fair complexion while Sri Krishna himself was dark complexion. Listening to this Yashoda told Sri Krishna to apply colour on Radha in a playful manner. The practice continued as years passed Sri Krishna from his village Nandgaon used to go to Barsana- Radha’s village to color Radha. Playing with colors was only excuse to meet Radha, the emotional attachment towards the loved ones will always be cherished but when the person is substantially present with you, beside you is when it’s a difference. There after the tradition continued where two souls used to meet to express their love for each other in form of Playing Holi with colours and also with Flowers.
If you visit the city even now you can witness the saga come alive in every Radha-Krishna temple. People still follow the tradition and celebrate life with colours in the month of March every year. The whole city will be painted with the colour of Love. Holi is celebrated in different forms first Lathmar Holi where women chase men and beat them up with Lathis (sticks). Phoolon wali holi (Flowers’ Holi) On the Ekadashi before Holi, the Banke Bihari temple at Vridnavan celebtrates a unique Holi which is not celebrated with conventional dry or wet colors, but with flowers, it is said that Radha-Krishna used to play in the bank of Yamuna river(Picture) and witnessed the sunset . Something which I found unique is Pagal Baba Widow Ashram. Widows were often banished from their homes and were forced to live in ashrams in Varanasi and Vrindavan (old times) . They wore white clothes and never played with colours. A few years back the widows of Pagal Baba Widow Ashram, Vrindavan decided to break this convention and started playing with colours.
If you want to witness the spectacular celebration of Love and life. Visiting Vrindavan should be in the rim of your bucket list.