Saturday, March 7, 2020

Holi at Shree Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan

After experiencing the unique Lathmar Holi at Barsana and Nandagaon, Holi festivities in the Brij region shifted to the ancient town of Vrindavan. Every Ashram and temple in Vrindavan was packed with visitors who reached there to experience the celebrations where Lord Krishna and Radha Rani once played Holi and performed Maha Raas. Most interestedly, Holi in Vrindavan was played with flower petals, Abeer-Gulal and organic color made from Tesu flowers.

Thousands gathered to play Holi with Shree Banke Bihari Ji in Vrindavan

The Holi celebrations in world-famous Banke Bihari Ji temple were held in the evening of Rangbhari Ekadashi on March 06. The celebrations started with the special Holi Shringar of Shree Banke Bihari Lal by temple priests. Bihari Ji was decked in special white attire for the occasion and his face was beautifully decorated with Rang and Gulal. To play the Holi with his devotees, Thakur Banke Bihari left Garbha Griha and got seated at a platform outside to give his devotees a better glimpse of him.

Devotees offered Abeer-Gulal and flowers to the entrance gate of the temple as a gesture of respect and then proceeded inside the main hall to play the Holi with Thakur Ji. Every corner of the temple reverberated with the chanting of Thakur Ji’s name and traditional Holi songs of Brij region. First, temple priests showered quintals of flowers on the devotees. As per the statistics, around 1.2 tons flowers of marigold and colorful roses were used for the Holi celebrations. Afterwards, when priests began to shot a warm yellow color of Tesu flowers from huge water guns in silver and gold, there was no containment of emotions. The whole ambience turned yellow, the color of spring and joyfulness. These were the 4-hours of their life that no one present in the temple premises will ever forget.

Holi celebration at Shree Banke Bihari Ji temple, Vrindavan

Holi in Brij is unique in many ways, but one thing that makes it unique amongst all is the color of love that people have in their heart for Lord Krishna. Thousands of visitors reached Vrindavan just to play Holi with their beloved Thakur Ji and to get themselves soaked in the colors of Love and Bhakti of Lord Krishna.      

Other temples of Vrindavan including Saptadevalaya Radhavallabha Temple, Radharaman Temple, Radhadamodar Temple, Radhagovinddev Temple, Gokulananda Temple and hundreds of Kunja-Ashram celebrated the Holi with equal fervour.

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