Holi Indian Festival Of Colour

March 26, 2013 by  

Holi Indian Festival Of Colour, Vrindavan, a small town in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh, is home to thousands of widows who strive hard to pave their own way and sustain against all odds. Many of them travel hundreds of miles to reach here to live a secluded and peaceful life. Whereas some reach here after being disowned by their families, the rest simply go to get rid of their loneliness.

Usually elderly women, these widows here can be seen dressed in white sarees. They are considered inauspicious for festive occasions by society. To make ends meet, most of these women resort to seeking alms from people and live with the hope of finding solace in their ‘Thakurji’ or Lord Krishna. While India is moving ahead economically, Vrindavan is one place where traditions and customs seem to have frozen in time. Widows spend their lives here in order to attain salvation and meet their Lord in the afterlife.

Being deserted by their family, these helpless women consider themselves ‘servants of God’, for they think that the almighty alone can share their agony and ecstasy.

India is a crisscross of pilgrimage sites and godly destinations. But Vridnavan, which is situated on the banks of the Yamuna, is special since it is associated with Lord Krishna.

According to the Indian epics, Mathura is the birth place of Lord Krishna, and Vrindavan is the place where he grew up and spent most of his childhood. People of the land, till today, recall tales the mysticism and divinity associated with Lord Krishna.

There are several legends associated with the festival of colours – Holi. And one of them is linked to Lord Krishna. It is believed that the festival originated from the ‘leela’ of Radha, Krishna and his troupe of ‘gopis’.

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