Brij Festival, Bharatpur
The Brij Festival takes place a few days before Holi (the festival of colours) in the month of February. The city of Bharatpur brightens up with the fervour of the Brij Festival.
During this festival people or devotes of Lord Krishna gather at one particular place and celebrate with lot of zeal and dedication. The festival is dedicated to Lord Krishna and His beloved Radha.
The main draw of the Brij Festival is the Raslila Dance, illustrating the undying love story of Radha and Krishna. Draped in colorful costumes villagers of Bharatpur perform this dance and remembers Lord Krishna and His companion. The town of Bharatpur gets alive on the eve of Bharatpur Brij festival with the sound of folk songs which fills the air and enthralls people. All the people, men or women, young or old, participate in the Rajasthan Braj Mahotsav and get carried away by the spirited flow. The entire place is painted in brilliant colors and no one is spared from being splashed with colors.
Held in honor of Lord Krishna, Brij Festival is marked by vitality and zest. Villagers, in gay, multicolored attire, can be seen singing and performing the Raslila dance. All of Bharatpur echoes the sound of folk melodies at Bharatpur Brij Festival held on the eve of Holi. Men and women, young and old, rich and poor-all are moved by the spirit of this festival. Energetic revelers spare no one during this festival and delight in splashing color on everyone around.
All of Bharatpur echoes the sound of folk melodies on this festival held on the eve of Holi. Men and women, young and old, rich and poor-all are touched by the spirit of this festival. Boisterous revellers spare no one during this festival and delight in splashing colour on everyone around.
The festival envelopes everyone in its charm and vigour at they splash colours on each other and enjoy the celebration.
Bharatpur is situated on the Delhi - Mumbai main railway line and also on National Highway no. 11 (Bikaner - Agra). The nearest airport is in Agra which is about 56 km away from Bharatpur. Bharatpur is well connected to major cities by impressive road network.
During the Brij Festival the devotees gather at the Shri Radha Krishnaji's temple in the morning and take a bath at the ghats (a flight of steps leading to the water) of the Banganga river. It is believed that the holy waters have powers to purify the soul. The people then head for the nearby shrines of Hanuman and Ganga Bihari and also visit the Shiva temple and the Math of Goswamiji.
This is one of the important fairs and festivals of Rajasthan. It is visited by hundreds of tourists. The fair reflects the true traditional culture of Rajasthan. It has the essence of the true spirited nature of the locals. While tour to Rajasthan a visit to Brij festival in Bharatpur is a must itinerary for every travelers.
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