The name Lattmar itself suggests that it means Holi of Latta. This Holi ceremony is seen as the main attraction for the city. This festival takes place in the Radha Rani temple of Barsana. It is reportedly the only temple of Holi dedicated to Goddess Radha. The Lathmar Holi festival lasts for more than a week, where participants dance, sing songs and drink sweet-thandai and drown in color. Let us tell you about the whole tradition behind this Lathmar Holi and some special things related to it.
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Where is Lathmar Holi celebratedLathmar Holi is celebrated in Barsana and Nandgaon cities. The Radha Rani temple complex in Barsana becomes the site of this festival. On the first day, the men of Nandgaon come to Barsana to play Holi. On the second day, the men of Barsana go to Nandgaon. The festival is said to be a recreation of a famous Hindu legend, according to which, Lord Krishna visited the city of Barsana, his beloved Radha. According to mythology, Shri Krishna teased Radha and her friends, in return for which she was thrown out of Barsana.
What is its story
According to mythology, Lord Sri Krishna used to play this festival of colors with Radha and other gopis in Vrindavan. Shri Krishna had a special interest in Barsana, the birthplace of Radha, a village about 42 km from Mathura, and he used to come from Vrindavan for Barsana, Holi celebrations. According to the practice since then, the men of Nandgaon, the land of Krishna, still come to play Holi with the women of Barsana and raise their flag on the temple of Shri Radhikaji. But, in today’s era, instead of colors, men of Vrindavan are greeted with sticks with gopis. Therefore, Holi gets a new name here – Lattmar Holi.
What is its importance
In Lathmar Holi, women take a stick and use it to kill men who try to paint on them. Many people gather to see this event happening a few days before the actual day of Holi. Here women try to beat men while singing some folk songs and remember Radha and Krishna. On this day, men happily bear the blows of lathis and it acts as a symbol of the victory of women over men. According to beliefs, the men of Nandgaon come to Barsana city every year and they are greeted with the sticks of the women there. Women hit sticks on men, who try to protect themselves as much as possible. For this, they also use a shield.
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Men take the form of women
Unfortunate men are captured by enthusiastic women during Barsane’s Lathmar Holi. Then the men have to wear women’s clothes and dance in public. The festival takes place in the huge complex of Radha Rani Temple in Barsana, which is said to be the only temple in the country that is dedicated to Radha ji. The Lathmar Holi festival lasts for more than a week, where many male participants dance, sing songs and immerse themselves in color. In this way Lathmar Holi is celebrated with great fanfare in Barsana for many days and not only the local people but people from far and wide come to enjoy this Holi.