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On the Sukhla Paksha day in the month of Phalgun, Brij, a small town in the state of Rajasthan comes to live with the Brij Festival or Brij Mahotsav. Brij Mahotsav is a festival celebrated for 3 days in Brij or Braj region, located in the district of Bharatpur in Rajasthan. This festival is dedicated to Lord Krishna as it is considered to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna. It is one of the most eagerly waited festivals for the local people in Rajasthan. The festival is celebrated with great pomp and fervour, and today has become one of the most popular festivals in India, enticing people from all across the country. This annual festival is celebrated in the month of March, a few days before Holi. A tour to Rajasthan during this time gives you an altogether different experience when you are immersed in the celebrations of Lord Krishna with Raas Leela, folk dances, divine music, colourful attire and lot of fun and festivities around.
Significance of Braj Festival
The Braj Bhoomi is extremely popular as it is known as the place where Lord Krishna was born and where he grew up and spent his childhood and young age. The place where He fell in love with Radha and had fun with her and other gopis (her friends). On Braj festival, the entire life story of Lord Krishna is depicted in the form of a dance drama, referred as Raas Leela, which is the main attraction of the festival.
The meaning of the term “raslila” is “the dance of the divine love.” Brij festival is a festival of love and bonding. Raas Leela is a beautiful depiction of the love and fun between Lord Krishna and Radha along with the other gopis. All gopis used to dance with Krishna in the nights in the dark forests. One night was a very long night as Lord Krishna with his power extended the night time, which was referred as Night of Brahma or Kalpa, meaning a very long period of time. Therefore, Raas Leela is a reflection of this dance of Lord Krishna with his gopis and Radha, and his eternal love story with Radha.
Major Attractions of the Brij Festival Celebrations
• Raas Leela is a major tourist attraction, including other traditional dances and folktales. Brij festival is also a festival of colour where the locals gather and put colours on each other on the festival ground. The whole ambience is of fun and celebrations, with the traditions and culture of the region being given prominence.
• In Braj, this mahotsav sees a huge number of devotees dressed up in colourful traditional attires singing, dancing and depicting Lord Krishna’s story. Colourful costumes and folk songs are very popular on the occasion of the Brij Festival. The true essence of this small town, keeping alive the traditions, can be seen during this time. People from all parts of India come together to celebrate Raas Leela and the Brij Festival.
• Another ritual that people follow on that auspicious day is taking a holy dip in the water of Banganga river which is considered to be a sacred dip for purification.
It is once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy Braj Festival in India. The nearest airport is the Jaipur International Airport or Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Airport in Agra. From there, regular buses and taxi services are available to reach Bharatpur. Bharatpur is just around 24 km from Agra, and 183 Km from Jaipur. If you opt for a train journey, then you have to get down at Bharatpur Junction. Bharatpur to Brij is just an one-hour journey by car.
Brij festival, Rajasthan has become one of the most popular festival tours in India. Book a Brij Festival Rajasthan Tour 2023 with the best inbound tour operator in India. Tour Operators in India offer various tour packages to make your tour to Braj, Bharatpur, Rajasthan a memorable one during the Brij Festival. This is one of the best tourist festivals in India to experience once in your lifetime.
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