Holi, a festival of colours that marks the victory of good over evil is one of the main festivals of Hindus. It is celebrated with great vigour and enthusiasm throughout India. Lathmar holi is here one of the famous things and this is celebrated prior 3 to 4 days before that in other states. However, it is interesting to note how this festival is celebrated in a rather peculiar way in Nandgaon and Barsana towns in Mathura-district of Uttar Pradesh. The towns are located some 42 kms from Mathura and are extremely popular for the celebrations during Holi. The natives are known for their interesting way of playing Holi with not only colours but also sticks. Thandai (a sweet drink) and Holi go hand in hand, so don’t miss out on it! Govardhan Hill or the Giri Raj is situated at a distance of 22 km from Vrindavan.
It has been stated in the Holy Bhagwat Gita that according to Lord Krishna, Govardhan Parvat is not different from him. There for all the worshippers worship the rock as they worship the idol. The hill is made up of sandstone and is one of the surest things which you can come and see here. Some interesting places one gets to visit the hills including Mansi Ganga, Mukharvind, and Daan Ghati. It is believed that this temple is situated at the place where Lord Krishna was born and the result of many excavations has tried to prove this belief. This place has faced some of the brutal destructions during the Muslim invasion and now there are small shrins of the rocks which is of great significance.
The Dwarkadhish temple, touted as one of the holiest temples in the city of Mathura, is famous all over the country for its elaborate architecture and paintings. Built only in the year 1814, the temple is relatively new but is highly revered. Situated within the perimeter of the city’s holy gate, near the ghats of River Yamuna, the temple and its surroundings are a hub of a lot of interesting activities. Thousands of devotees arrive here every day to pay their obeisance. Multiple theerthams present here are well known
as ghats with 25 of them present today in Mathura are related to Lord Krishna. It is believed that performance of certain rituals here can get rid one of all past wrongdoings and hence is visited by numerous devotees. True to its name, the Gita Mandir features inscriptions of the holy book in and around the surroundings of the temple. A magnificent idol of Lord Krishna is housed in this temple along with Lakshmi Narayana, Ram and Sita. Intricate carvings and paintings are seen within the temple premises.