Maybe most of you have this question on your mind. Let me explain why Holi is so special in Mathura and Vrindavan. Holi is a festival of color and love. It's a celebration of life where different cultures, traditions of people get gather at one place with humble heart and don’t mind getting wet with colors all over the skin and dirtying your cloths with colors which does not wash away easily, It is the removal of evil followed by its celebration by the ruptured of colors, flowers, Gulaal, music and dance.
It is amazing to see people from all religions and classes celebrating the festival with the same eagerness and love, dancing at music, getting high just with hare rama hare Krishna tune, drinking and dancing a lot and having a lot of bhaang. wow.. this was 1st time that I played holi and tied loads of unforgettable memories.
one fine day, one of my friend called and invited me for holi that they are organizing in Hyderabad with famous DJ, i didn't feel so good about it, didn't want to have a party like everyone else, I read a blog that talked about how Mathura was a popular destination for Holi, got interested and googled it. As soon as I read these I added this to my bucket list.
Festival starts. From Agra cnnt we got onto the train for Mathura around 3.20. It was just a 40 min journey from Agra.We reached Mathura and checked into a hotel. As soon as I entered Mathura I could feel the vibes of Holi festival. As soon as we checked in, we left the luggage in the room and came out. The tuk tuk wala came and asked "kaha jana hai madem ji"(where do you wanna go), he only told us that Gokul was the best place. He quoted 300/-, we bargained and agreed to pay 200/-. Gokul was 9 km from Mathura, where lord Krishna grew up in the loving care of Yashoda Devi. Reached Gokul by 5.30.
Gokul: day 1
its a small village with an ancient houses and temples, gokul is the place where lord krishna brought by Vasudeva was sheltered in Yashoda Maiya’s home in secrecy to escape the wrath of tyrant Kansha. As soon as we entered one guy came and started explaining about the places. We didn't say no to him. how can we miss lassi and rubdi ;) we had rubdi was too tasty than lassi, We entered a small arch which was looking too old. On our left we found lord Shiva temple. The guide asked us to stop and explained the story behind that temple. When lord Krishna was a kid, Lord Shiva was there to see him, but Yashoda was afraid to show Krishna to him as he was wearing snake on his neck and his clothes are made out of tiger skin. So to convince Yashoda, Shiva did meditation there for 3 days, after which she agreed.
we proceeded further.
Next we visited Bansi bhat. Chandra vali gopi ka mandir was the place where lord Krishna used to steal butter, milk and curd from gopikas and eat. This is the place where rasleela will happen for 8 days on Krishna Janmashtami festival (on lord Krishna's birthday). There were many name plates on the wall, these are the donors who donated milk and butter and curd for lord Krishna, that will be written on the plates and stuck on the walls. There are 4 places in India where lords accept something from the humans. This will be offered as prasadas to Gods. One such places is obviously Gokul,(butter,curd and milk) Badrinath (chickpeas) Dwaraka( milk) Puri ( rice). There is a popular story that once Moksha (salvation) asked lord Krishna "I am providing salvation to all people but when will I get my salvation?" For that Lord answered "who ever keep this soil as 'Sindoor' then you will get salvation" and there is a saying that who is having migraine by keeping this sindoor as tilak will help them.