Vrindavan, 2020-03-05 (VT): Rangbharani Ekadashi marks the beginning of the final and grandest 5-day Holi in Mathura-Vrindavan. While ‘gulaal’ (colour), ‘phool’ (flower), and ‘sugandhit dravya’ (scented water/ittr) Holis will begin in all temples tomorrow, here’s a quick list of celebrations in the prominent ones…
Keshav Deo Mandir, Mathura: Shobha yatra 1pm, Lathmaar Huranga, 5 pm
Dwarkadhish Mandir, Mathura: Rajadhiraj’s ‘baal roop’ will play Holi in the ‘kunj’
Shri Krishna Janmasthan, Mathura: Phool and ‘sugandhit dravya’ Holi
Banke Bihari Mandir, Vrindavan: With the opening of the first ‘darshan’ tomorrow, petals of marigold, rose, tuberose and other fragrant flowers will be showered on devotees. The ‘phool holi’ will go on for just 15-20 minute. So be there in time!
Dressed in perfect white, and armed with a pouch of ‘gulaal’ tied to the ‘phenta’ (cummerbund), Thakurji will come out of His inner chamber and enjoy the festivities from the ‘chandan chabootra’. Banke Bihari is known to play Holi with colors made from over a quintal of dried flowers sourced from Kolkata and other places.
This will go on until Holika Dehan (March 9). On the next day-Dhulandi-colours will be strictly prohibited in the temple. Sevayats will sprinkle ‘iitr’ (perfumed oils) and ‘gulaab jal’ (rose water) on the devotees instead. Dressed in fine pink garment, Banke Bikari will give ‘darshan’ from the golden throne.
Radhavallabh Lal, Vrindavan: The ‘Chadm Bheshi’ Thakur will take on the guise of a ‘Huriyara’ to meet Radharani for the Holi revelry.
Nidhivan, Vrindavan: Swami Haridasji and His Muralidhar will play Holi
Kaladhari Ashram, Vrindavan: Make a wish as the wish-fulfilling Thakur Laalji plays ‘Tesu’ and flower (only red) Holi with Radharani and the siddha trees of Kaladhari Ashram.