Sanjhee

 

Mathura's culture is deeply associated to Lord  Krishna & Radha ( his lover ). The whole land seems to tell the story of Lord Krishna life. In entire braj you will experience people's devotion to Lord Krishna and Radha in many ways in their daily life. .Mathura is a land of the Braj culture which is practiced through many ways.  Famous parts of folk culture in Mathura are

 

 

 

Raaslila

 

It is the famous theatre and the dance form of Indian folk fare. It is believed that Lord Krishna danced with rasas or gopis on the bank of the Yamuna.Raaslila is a dance forml of Krishna's childhood. According to the Bhagwat Purana, Krishna and the gopis had danced the Raas on the banks of the Yamuna at Vrindavan. When the gopis felt conceited about Lord Krishna dancing with them, he disappeared from their midst. In the agony of separation from their beloved Krishna, the gopis enacted his lilas (divine episodes of his life) which in course of time came to be known as the Raaslilas. The Raaslila in its present form is ascribed to Swami Haridas and Shri Narayan Bhatt. Only young Brahmin boys of 13 to 14 years of age can perform the Raaslila. The charming childhood pranks of Shri Krishna constitute the main them of these dramas

 

 

 

Charkula

 

It is a folk dance of the Braj. A woman holds the deepaks on her head and balances it on the song of menfolk. In this traditional folk dance of Braj, a female dancer balances a column of lighted lamps over her head while dancing. The charkula, a tapered wooden column with four to five circular tiers has earthen lamps on each level. The number of lamps can range from 51 to 108 at times. The dancer with her face veiled, moves with swift, graceful movements while balancing the 40 to 50 kilogram charkula on her head. A dramatic dance that is visually attractive, it is performed on the Dooj of Holi, to the accompaniment of songs sung by the men.

 

 

 

Huranga

 

It is a Holi Festival celebrated at Baldev ( Dauji ) in Mahtura. In this Huranga Holi ,Women pour buckets of colored water on the men. The men are also thrashed with whips made of cloth, which has been torn apart from men's clothing. The men cannot touch the bodies of the women or unveil their faces. From the roof of the temple, basketfuls of colored powder are emptied on participants and onlookers.

 

 

 

Latha-maar Holi

 

The day after the Holi festival at Barsana, Holi is celebrated in Nandagaon . The gopas (men) from Barsana come to Nandagram to play Holi with the gopis (women) there. The flag of the Larily Lal Temple in Barsana is carried in an elaborate procession to Nandagram. At this time the residents of Nandagram attempt to capture the flag, but their attempts fail. are foiled. After this, women play Holi with bamboo staffs. This festival is celebrated on the tenth day (dasami) of the month of Phalguna (Feb-March). A small latha maar holi also happens in Mahtura's shri krishna janambhumi.

 

 

 

Crossing the Holy Fire, Phalen

 

Holi is celebrated with a different angle at Phalen ( Mathura ). On the full moon night in Feb/March a huge bonfire is lit. One of the local priests walks through the fire unscathed. One story about Holi is that Prahlada Maharaja refused to worship his father and wanted to worship his father's enemy, Lord Vishnu instead. His father's sister Holika, who was immune to fire, sat with the boy. Prahlada's devotion was so great that Holika was burnt to death and Prahlada was unharmed. The Holi festival at Phalen re-enacts this event.

 

 

 

Rasiya

 

This is the folk song that describes the love story of Lord Krishna and Radha.This is the rich tradition of folk-songs that is found in the Braj area. Rasiya songs describe the love of the divine couple Radha and Krishna. It is an inseparable part of the Holi celebrations and all other festive occasions at Braj. The Rasiya is sung to the rhythm of huge drums, locally known as bumb.