Everyone of us is eagerly waiting for March 18. Yes! Holi, the festival of colours and fun is being celebrated all over India portraying the worship of Lord Krishna and Radha. Loaded with lots of happiness and zeal. 

Do you know that the hometowns of Lord Krishna, Nandgaon and Radha, Barsana celebrate the ‘Holi’ in a unique and interesting way. Nandgaon and Barsana are the popular towns in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh. People of Uttar Pradesh celebrate this festival for 9 days starting from March 11 to March 19, 2022. 

Holi celebrations in Nandgaon and Barsana are very famous all over the country and every year many people visit these towns to watch out for this. It is named ‘Lathmar Holi’ meaning to beat with a stick. Here, Holi festival goes with fun playing with sticks, colours, flowers along with a traditional drink of ‘Thandai’ and ‘Laddoos’ thrown by the priests, which is a peculiar way of blessing in this region.

When is Lathmar Holi celebrated in Nandgaon, Mathura (2022)?

‘Lathmar Holi’ arose as a memory of love between Lord Krishna and Radha. The people of Nandgaon and Barsana depict their life moments during this ‘Lathmar Holi’, which starts from March 11, 2022.

Why is Lathmar Holi celebrated ?

Interested to know the spiritual love story behind ‘Lathmar Holi’? During the childhood days of Lord Krishna, he happened to drink the poisonous milk of an evil spirit. By miracle, his life did not pass away but instead his skin colour changed to blue. 

As days passed, Krishna, who had grown up in Nandgaon town fell in love with the beautiful girl from Barsana. Yes! She is our divine Radha. But Krishna’s colour had taken him back from expressing his love with Radha. But, by following the wordings of his mother Yasodha, Krishna played a fun trick. 

Krishna went to Barsana and coloured the face of his love Radha and her friends. Radha, though impressed with Krishna, did not show it outwardly. She willfully played a naughty game with Krishna along with her friends. She has beaten up him with a bamboo stick.

Lathmar Holi is nothing but the recreation of these lovely moments along with song and dance.

On March 11, men from Nandgaon will visit Barsana and spread colours on the girls of Barsana. The fun play gets more energised with musical dance. This zeal event takes place at Radha Rani temple, which is the only temple for Radha in India.

The very next day, that is on March 12, men from Barsana will go to Nandgaon where the ladies of nandgaon will beat them back with sticks as a joyful play. 

Phoolwali Holi, celebrated in Mathura on March 14, which is mainly about enjoying with throwing of flowers, colours, sticks and dance. It is relished on the Krishna Janmaboomi temple of Mathura.

People from many parts of the world will visit Nandgaon, Mathura on these days to catch up on the holi days.

How to reach Nandgaon and Barsana, Mathura?

Planning to enjoy these festive days in Mathura? Lighten up your soul by adding Holi days to your travel diary. 

You can visit Mathura by reaching either Delhi or Agra cities. From there, you can take a taxi or bus to Mathura. 

You can also opt for airport services from Delhi or Agra terminals.

The most time and cost saving option is the train.

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