A unique Holi tradition in Nandagram and Barsana

A festival where men sing provocative songs and get “beaten” by women with lathis.

Holi

In the Holi tradition which is unique to Nandagram and Barsana villages, (in the district of Mathura, Uttar Pradesh) the men-folk sing provoking songs to get noticed by women, who then “beat” them with lathis.

holi dance

Women thrash men with lathis as they observe Lathmaar Holi in Barsana near Mathura. In the Lathmaar Holi, the women of Barsana (hometown of Srimati Radha Rani) hit the men from Nandagram (Krishna’s home town) with wooden sticks in response to their teasing.

Holi in Barsana near Mathura

devotees mucky with colours

Hundreds of devotees mucky with colours, dance and sing at the Nandagram temple while celebrating Lathmaar Holi.

Foreign tourists are smeared in colours

What Fun – Foreign tourists are smeared in colours as locals throw water on them at the Nandagram temple.

A devotee throws color

A devotee throws gulaal (colours) at the cheering multitude in Nandagram.

Eunuchs dance

Eunuchs dance as colours are thrown at the Ladali or Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmaar Holi.

A man swathed in colours dances

A man swathed in colours dances at a temple in Nandagram village.

A devotee smeared with colours

A devotee smeared with colours plays Holi at the Nandagram temple.

Devotees drenched in coloured water

Devotees drenched in coloured water and gulaal powder take rest after participating in the Lathmaar festival in Nandagram.