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Barsana’s Lathmar Holi

Vrindavan Darshan
Vrindavan Darshan

Barsana’s Lathmar Holi

The Barsana Lathmar Holi is famous all over the world. As it seems, the men of Barsana are busy preparing for Hoti. Women massage long sticks with oil to make them shine in their homes. The men participating in this Holi, which is played in the narrow streets of Barsana, arrange for shields in advance to protect the women from the lathi charge. Before this unique Holi, the people of Barsana go to invite the men of their neighbouring village Nandgaon to play Holi. On this invitation, when shield-bearing warriors dressed in colourful costumes reach Barsana, the atmosphere in the temple echoes Holi songs.

Barsana Lathmar Holi

When the well-dressed women of Barsana, with long ponytails, shower their sticks on the shields of the men of Nandgaon, Holi songs burst from the melodious voices of the people standing nearby and clouds of colours are seen flying everywhere. When the delicate wrist of a Hurriyarin starts reacting while she is hitting the hair of a Hurriyare sitting on her knees on the ground, then she stops her attacks and goes away and another woman prepared in advance takes charge. In this Lakhmar Holi, sometimes some Huriyara also go wrong. The interesting thing is that the hooligans, immersed in the colours of Holi, consider this ghot as auspicious and get blessed by applying Brajraj on the bleeding spot. At the end of Holi, Hurriyares take blessings by touching the feet of Hurriyarins. Those who wield lathis due to love, these women are married, and sisters and daughters are kept away from this Holi. Poets have also written many songs and poems on Holi in Braj

When the delicate wrist of a Hurriyarin starts responding while she is hitting the shield of a Hurriyare sitting on her knees on the ground, then she stops her attacks and moves back and another woman prepared in advance takes charge. Sometimes, during this fierce Holi, some Huriyara also get injured. The interesting thing is that the warriors, engrossed in the colours of Holi, consider this injury as auspicious and get blessed by applying Bajraj on the bleeding spot.

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