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Holi celebrations at Radha Govind Dham March 2019

Holi or the festival of colors is celebrated in India with a lot of fervor when everyone comes together to celebrate with the feeling of love and harmony. Such was the sentiment at the very first Holy celebration at Radha Govind Dham and the atmosphere  was filled with fun and frolic. Holi marks the arrival of Spring and a fragrant shower of fresh roses and jasmine flowers mixed in with a vibrant rainbow of colors – Gulal created clouds of red, pink and yellow hues in the air. Adding to the joyful celebrations were the melodious Kirtans and the lovely  devotional sentiments of the hundreds of people present. A video recording of Shri Kripaluji Maharaj’s discourse was also shown to explain the spiritual significance of Holi. The discourse included the legendary story of Bhakt Prahlad whose life is an outstanding example of the power of devotion, which can effortlessly nullify the mightiest of demonic powers of Hrinyakashyapu and his sister Holika.

As the festivities continued, little children came in dressed up as Radha and Krishna and devotees showered fragrant flowers on them as they sat on their “Singhasan” (thrones). Many did Balaiya of the cute Radha and Krishna. Everyone also enjoyed and enthusiastically participated in the Phoolon Ki Holi (Holi celebrations with flowers). Many young children had fun throwing the scented flowers at each other; some kids would sift through the flowers as if finding a treasure. Party poppers had the kids in delirious excitement as they filled the air with colorful paper strings. The chanting by the musicians added a special charm to the evening. The melodies of the kirtans and the sounds of the Dhol had every devotee dancing with abandon. The special unique quality of the dancing was owing to the fact that devotees were not just dancing moving their feet or hands but they were dancing unabashedly with the divine, devotional love of Shri Radha Krishna filled in their hearts. A huge thank you to the volunteers who worked tirelessly and made all the arrangements for this wonderful event, with the blessings of Hari-Guru. It was an unprecedented turnout of devotees at the celebrations. The samosas, home-made Gujiyas, lemonade, the Mahaprasad were prepared with love and generosity. We hope to rejoice more and more each year as we keep the celebrations alive, while our hearts are beating to the rhythmic love of our dearest Shri Radha Krishna. Jai Shri Radhey! 

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