Thursday, April 18, 2013

Yamuna Chhath at Vishram Ghat

Yamuna Chhath was celebrated on Vishram Ghat, Mathura on April 16, 2013.

Yamuna Chhath is mainly celebrated in Mathura, the birth place of Lord Krishna. It marks the day when Goddess Yamuna descended on the Earth. Hence this day is also known as Yamuna Jayanti or birth anniversary of Goddess Yamuna. It falls during Chaitra Navratri in the month of March or April.

Chhappan Bhog offered to Goddess Yamuna - 2013
Vishram Ghat is the most pious Ghat at the bank of river Yamuna. Various events are organized to mark the day of Yamuna Chhath.

Image of Goddess Yamuna on the water at Vishram Ghat - 2013
People offer Chunari to Goddess Yamuna during day time, arrange Chhappan Bhog and perform special Aarti in the evening in honour of Goddess Yamuna.

Goddess Yamuna, being wife of Lord Shri Krishna, is revered by people of Braj which explains Yamuna Chhath being celebrated mainly by people of Mathura and Vrindavan.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Charkula Dance of Brij, Mathura

The famous Charkula dance of village Mukharai was conducted on the late night of 28th March and it was part of Holi Mahotsav. The world famous Charkula dance is conducted every year after two days of Holi.

As per Hindu mythology, Charkula dance was started by the maternal grandmother of Goddess Radha, the consort of Lord Krishna. Radha Rani was the daughter of Maharani Keerti. Maharani Keerti was born in village Mukharai and Mukhara was the name of her mother.

Charkula Dance of Mukharai, Mathura - 2013

When the news of Radha's birth was broken to Mukharai she was so overwhelmed with the joy that she lifted the wheel of the chariot over her head and started dancing. It is believed that this event started the tradition of Charkula dance. Hence this day is also celebrated as the birth anniversary of Goddess Radha.

During Charkula dance, 108 lamps are lit and kept over the pyramid of wheels supported by rounded pots. The dance is done by females who cover their faces in the veil. The weight of the Charkula and the veil makes this ancient dance of Dwapar Yuga challenging to perform.

Thousands of people gather to see this spectacular event every year.