Phoolon ki Holi or Holi with Flowers is an awe-inspiring one-day festival celebrated some days before HOLI in Bankey Bihari Temple, Mathura. It is a belief that the idea to celebrate this unique Holi was acclaimed from the Braj region near to Mathura’s whereabouts and is now followed and admired by many religious communities and the states. Phoolon ki Holi or Holi with Flowers is an awe-inspiring one-day festival celebrated some days before HOLI in Bankey Bihari Temple, Mathura. Phoolon ki Holi (Holi Ekadashi) date: Thursday, 25 March 2021
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Holi ushers in the vividly colorful, blooming and greenest season- Spring and was first originated as an agricultural festival. Traditionally the colors used in Holi, better known as Gulal or Abeer came from flowers, herbs of tesu’ or ‘palash’ tree which in the hot climate of India tend to produce bright natural dyes/hues. Mathura is prominent among devotees and local people as Lord- Krishna’s birth land and Radha-Krishna’s sumptuous temples. Visitors come a long way to enjoy the taste of traditional sweet Thandai and to observe the special Holi Celebration in each corner of it.
Phoolon Ki Holi at Bankey Bihari Temple
Bankey Bihari Temple is the best vicinity to enjoy the real glee of Holi with the color of Flowers everywhere. When the city indulges itself in the preparation of Holi with Gulals, colored- water balloons, and splendid Pichkari, the very famous Bankey Bihari Mandir commemorates an absolute eye-catching Phoolon ki Holi or Holi with flowers everywhere. Bankey- Bihari- the enchanting manifestation of Lord Krishna along with his lovable partner-Radha are adorned beautifully with winsome flowers and freshly bloomed garlands for the jollifications of Phoolon Ki Holi. Phoolon Ki Holi is pre-dominantly observed on Ekadashi which falls few days prior to the main Holi where local priests and peeps use only flowers and petals to play with each other. Ekadashi would happen on Thursday, 25 March this year. Around 4:00 P.M, Phoolon ki Holi gets started and thousands of admirers attend this sensational gala with peculiar verve and zing inside the premise.
Why Phoolon wali Holi ?
The specialty of this beauteous floral festival is that – it is not celebrated with typical synthetic dry or wet colors, but with flowers and rose/lotus/marigold petals and hence this unique celebration got the name -Phoolon wali Holi (Flowers’ Holi). Phoolon Ki Holi festivity is a short-lived event that lasts for only half n hour during which temple priests smear flowers on devotees and the worshipers indulge themselves in the color of Bankey Bihari’s love and devotion.
If you are planning to celebrate Holi this year with a Big Bash and willing to capture each and every religious moment of it, Plan your trip for Mathura to enjoy Phoolon wali Holi (Holi with Flowers) or Ekadashi Holi. Make sure to come early and stay back a little longer to capture some big events before and after the main Holi festivity. Interested in celebrating your Holi in a different way, here are 7 Out Of The Box Holi Celebrations and Unique Regional holi celebrations.
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