LATHMAR HOLI

Hindu men smeared with colors play holi during Lathmar festival celebrations  in Barsana, Mathura.

Men from the village of Nandgaon celebrate covered with colored powder the Lathmar Holi festival at the Radha Rani temple in Barsana village, Mathura. Holi is the Hindu spring festival of colors. In Barsana, people celebrate a variation of holi, called ‘Lathmar’ Holi, which means ‘beating with sticks’. During the Lathmar Holi festival, the women of Barsana, the birth place of Hindu God Krishna’s beloved Radha, beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Hindu God Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their efforts to throw color on them.

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Women fromBarsana village hold wooden sticks as they wait for the arrival of men from Nandgaon, during Lathmar Holi festival atBarsana. According to a tradition which has its roots in Hindu mythology, men from nearby Nandgaon village are soaked in colored water by men and beaten with sticks by women as they arrive at Barsana, believed to be Radha’s village.

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Women from Barsana village beat the shield of a men from Nandgaon village with their wooden sticks as they celebrate Lathmar Holi in Barsana. During Lathmar Holi the women of Barsana beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Lord Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their teasing.IMG_0701

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