Celebrated a few days before Holi during the Shukla Paksha of the Phalgun month, the Braj Holi Mahotsav is Rajasthan’s version of the festival of colours! It is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is a celebration of his immortal love with Radha.
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Location: Braj Mahotsav is hosted in Deeg, Kaman and Bharatpur in the Bharatpur district.
Dates: 5 – 6 March
How to reach:
- Bharatpur Railway Station is the main station in the city and has connectivity with all the major cities.
- The nearest airport to Bharatpur is Agra (56 km).
- Bharatpur has good road connectivity with Rajasthan and other Indian states.
During Braj Holi Mahotsav, festive vibes take over the entire city and people of all age groups participate in the fun and frolic. Folk songs play everywhere and locals splash colours on one another.
Highlights of the festival:
- The festival starts with locals taking a dip in the holy waters of Banganga River.
- Temples in the region host different festivities such as Gulal Holi, Doodh-Dahi Holi, Phoolon ki Holi and more.
- The major attraction of the Braj Mahotsav is the Rasleela – a dance depiction of the love story of Radha and Lord Krishna.
- Traditional festival sweets are made and people consume bhang and thandai!