Holi and Dolayatra, mingle celebration and religious fervor into musical mixture

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Holi the celebration of universal love expressed through varied colors is all set to descend.

While religious places specially temples of Lord Radha-Krishna and temples associated with Lord Jagannath considered being incarnation of Vishnu are jostling with activities of colour and special rituals, people from all ages are also waiting for the D-day.


The cities and rural backyard of Odisha are marked with roadside shops selling colors, hats, wigs and other accessories.


Odisha unlike north India has special tradition associated with celebration of Holi the festival of colours.


The festival celebrating eternal love of Radha Krishna the divine couple has special history in Odisha as similar to that of West Bengal.


The festival is being celebrated since ancient times. It celebrates the legend of Radha and Krishna which says that Lord Krishna expressed his love to her beloved Radha on the day of Dolayatra.


‘Dol Jatra’, ‘Dol Purnima’ or the ‘Swing Festival’ as Dola Yatra is then celebrated in a dignified manner by placing the idols of Krishna and Radha on a picturesquely decorated palanquin which is then taken round the main streets.


Before starting of celebrations, people worship Radha and Krishna on this day. In some places special pujas and bhajans are also organsied. Once the ceremony gets over people indulge in playing colours forgetting all their woes.


The spirit of Holi bridges the social gap and renews the sweet relationships. It is both wonderful and exciting to see people of all ages, all cults participating in this colourful extravaganza and enjoying life to the extent.


During Holi the enthusiasm of people matches the nature which is at its best. With every passing the hoo-ha of Holi catches up and people just let their hair loose and enjoy their craziness. Children enjoy throwing water balloons on passerby and if at all they get a weird look, children promptly answer ‘Bura na mano, Holi Hai’ which brings a smile on the face. Even with pitchkaries, they drench people and hide themselves easily.


Amidst all colourful plays, the dahi badas, sweets and thandais are specially prepared for the occasion and relishing the delicacies when a bit tired really rejuvenates the spirits.


Holi has its uniqueness of celebration in all places and Puri is no exception. The number of Foreigners increase as the spirit of Holi spreads in the Jaganath Dham. The locals and the Foreigners join hands in celebrating Holi at its best and with much uniqueness thus spreading the message of universal brotherhood.