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Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, is one of India’s most important festivals, during which the entire country rejoices in the joys of color. People of different backgrounds, races, and castes come together to celebrate this day, which marks the start of the spring. The celebration of colors is a much-adored festival across this tremendous country, and it makes for beautiful images that speak of love and harmony.
It is indeed a festival in which people unite and connect with one another, ignoring their differences and uniting as one. It’s the phase of the year when people add color and happiness to everyone’s lives. This festival of colors is a way for everyone to celebrate their joy and laughter with others.
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Holi’s origins celebrate the victory of light over darkness, which is the central theme of most Indian festivities. Happy and bright pictures of people smearing colors on each other, signifying the victory of light over darkness and the traditional start of the harvesting period, portray an environment of joy, excitement, and optimism that is uncharacteristic of a country where traditions are usually marked by discipline and manners.
Holi in Mathura & Vrindavan
However, the situation on the ground can be very different from all of the above. Different groups of people celebrate it in different ways. In the Braj region of Uttar Pradesh, Holi is praised as the celebration of love and affection which introduces spring. It honors the affection Krishna had for Radha. According to mythology, the whole special relationship between them was known as Raas-Leela, in which Krishna played with Gopis in the form of divine dance by putting colors on Radha. Because Radha Rani was born in Barsana and Lord Krishna was raised in Nandgaon, the two towns are related. As a result, with the exception of Mathura and Vrindavan, these places celebrate Holi on a grand scale.
The idea of celebrating Holi in Mathura and Vrindavan has always piqued people’s interest. There, Holi is more than just a single day of celebration; it begins months in advance. Lord Krishna, the Hindu God most connected with the Holi celebration, is inseparable from the Braj region of India. For adherents, celebrating Holi there is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event. Krishna and Radha’s love story started in the Mathura suburbs and developed from there.
Mathura is considered to be his homeland, and local temples organize some of the nation’s main and perhaps most impressive festivals, drawing tens of thousands of people from across the world. The Dwarkadheesh Temple, where a swarm of admirers gathers on Holi morning to enjoy, dance, and sing in a haze of vivid colors, is a perfect example.
Now, let’s go through the big Holi events in Mathura, Vrindavan, and the nearby areas that you should attend:
Laddoo Holi- It is celebrated in Barsana village, Radha Rani’s birthplace, where it is traditionally performed primarily on the grounds of the Radha Rani Temple. Throughout the celebration, a large number of laddoos are hurled at one another. The shrine priest, in keeping with the theme, throws laddoos at the people just for joy. Laddu Holi takes place a day before the world-famous Lathmar Holi, which also takes place in Barsana.
Lathmar Holi- The Lathmar Holi is celebrated in full flow. This amazing event draws tourists from all over the world. The celebratory, cheerful tone of the setting is set by the playful atmosphere surrounding the coloring of women and then the use of lathis on men by women.
As indicated by folklore, Radha used to remain in Barsana village, where Lord Krishna would come to bother and communicate with Radha and her Gopika companions. And in retaliation, he used to get chased by women of her village. This custom is still practiced today.
Phoolon wali holi- Colorful flower petals, in addition to traditional colors, are used to mark the celebration and bring happiness, which takes place in Vrindavan. People are ecstatic as they are showered with colorful flowers. It’s a big Holi celebration with everyone scattering flowers at each other.
Widow’s Holi- The widows were devoid of any social norms of happiness, having led a life of isolation and hardship. This Holi, on the other hand, is dedicated to those who are often ignored due to their circumstances. A special celebration has been arranged for widows in Mathura. They gather and paint each other during widow’s holi. This is a notable occurrence because those who have experienced tremendous loss deserve some peace and pleasure in their lives.
Huranga Holi- Another famous celebration that takes place in Mathura’s Baldeo region is this Huranga Holi. It takes place at Dauji Temple. The concept is inspired by Rasleela Radha and Krishna from when they were younger and used to play Holi. This is a fascinating mythological tradition that is still followed today.
Rang Panchami- The Holi festival comes to an end with this gathering. It is celebrated in the temple of Braj Mandal in a spectacular way.
Holi is a joyous festival in which people literally play with colors. They forget about the problems of everyday life and revel in the festive spirit. Colors, delicious food, traditions and rituals, and unrestrained fun abound at Braj ki Holi. The perfect places in India to celebrate and experience Holi are definitely Mathura and Vrindavan. However, bear in mind that we can make the celebration more environment-friendly by using organic colors and not wasting water.
Written By- Khushi Bisht
The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to examine a seeking direction to the Election Commission to de-register a political party, which fails to comply with the court's direction to disclose criminal antecedents of candidates fielded in polls. Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay requested a bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and Hima Kohli to list the petition urgently, against the backdrop of the ongoing election process. He contended that nomination for the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election has started, and the political parties and candidates are brazenly violating the top court judgments.
After briefly hearing Upadhyay, the bench said: "We will consider it... will give a date".
The plea argued that allowing criminals to stand for election threatens democracy and secularism. | Wikipedia
The plea claimed that the cause of action for filing the plea arose after the Samajwadi Party fielded alleged gangster Nahid Hasan from Kairana but neither published his criminal records in electronic, print and social media nor the reason for his selection within 48 hours. On February 13, last year, Shamli police imposed the Gangster Act on Nahid Hasan, who is a two-time MLA from Kairana. "He (Hasan) has multiple criminal cases and is the 'mastermind' behind the Hindu exodus from Kairana. There are many criminal cases including fraud and extortion, and he was declared a fugitive by Special MLA-MP Court," the plea said.
The plea argued that the consequences of permitting criminals to contest and become legislators are extremely serious for democracy and secularism. The plea sought a direction to the Election Commission to take steps to ensure that every political party publishes the details regarding criminal cases of each candidate along with the reason for such selection on the homepage of its official website in bold letters within 48 hours in the spirit of top court orders passed on September 25, 2018, and February 2, 2020. (IANS/ MBI)
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There will be no chief guest at the Republic Day parade this year also as the plan to host state heads of five Central Asian countries -- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan -- seems to have been cancelled due to the Covid situation in India as well as in the respective nations. Though the Ministry of External Affairs is yet to confirm this officially.
If the guests arrive, then this would be the second time when India hosts a group of state heads as the chief guests on the Republic Day. In 2018, state heads of ASEAN countries graced the occasion with their presence. Apart from Kazakhstan, none of these countries' state heads had been invited as the chief guests on the Republic Day. In 2009, Kazakhstan's then president Nursultan Nazarbayev was the Chief Guest.
The Government of India is in no mood to take any risk to invite any foreign guest.Unsplash
As per sources, due to the corona situation, the Government of India is in no mood to take any risk to invite any foreign guest, so the plan seems to have been cancelled. Last year, British Prime minister Boris Johnson was invited for the same, but later cancelled due to rising corona cases in the UK.
In the past, there have been occasions when the Republic Day ceremony was celebrated without any foreign guest. In 1966, there was no foreign chief guest in the Republic Day parade ceremony as the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri had passed away in Tashkent in January, and Indira Gandhi took oath as Prime Minister on January 24. (IANS/SP)
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A team of scientists from the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have found a cure for those suffering from chronic wounds, particularly with diabetic foot ulcers. The team led by Prof Gopal Nath of the department of Microbiology, Institute of Medical Sciences, said that wounds that took months and years to heal, could now be cured in days or months. The findings of study have been published in the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, National Institutes of Health, US.
Prof Nath said that a wound is defined as a breach in the skin or body tissues due to injury. An acute wound is defined as a "recent break that is yet to progress through sequential stages of healing". The wounds where normal healing process is stalled due to underlying pathology (vascular and diabetes) or infection beyond three months is defined as chronic wound. While chronic wounds always get infected, the contaminated wounds are reasonably susceptible to infection.
A significant improvement could be achieved in the form of complete wound epithelization within a few weeks.Towfiqu barbhuiya / Unsplash
Infection with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and biofilm formation halt healing progress. These wounds cause significant psychological and physical morbidity. The traditional treatment strategies often succeed in healing wounds, he said adding that many wounds have been observed recalcitrant to them, leading to persistence and recurrent infections. Search for alternatives to antibiotics has now become a compulsion. Fortunately, bacteriophage therapy is a re-emerging solution to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Prof Nath's team carried out phage therapy of acute and chronic infected wounds in animals and clinical studies. It showed efficacy against Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a mice wound model. Furthermore, they evaluated the efficacy of phage cocktails in animal models' acute and chronic osteomyelitis caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. They also observed biofilm eradication from K wire in rabbits' wound infection model. Clinical trials of phage therapy initiated by the BHU have reported the efficacy of topical phage in healing chronic wounds in three prospective exploratory studies and no adverse events mimicking the results in vivo animal models.
Scientists have found a cure for those suffering from diabetic foot ulcers. Unsplash
A clinical study by Gupta demonstrated the significant role of bacteriophage therapy in the chronic wounds associated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The study employed a total of twenty patients with chronic non-healing ulcers for more than six weeks duration. A significant improvement could be achieved in the form of complete wound epithelization within a few weeks. Another study, employing 48 patients having a minimum of one eligible full-thickness wound that did not heal in six weeks with convention wound management, showed the promising result, and significant improvement was observed in the wound healing.
The study projected that specific phage therapy is equally effective regardless of the diabetic or non-diabetic status of the patient though the healing was relatively delayed in diabetic patients. Another successful study has shown encouraging results on healing process of infected acute traumatic wounds. The average number of days required for complete granulation of wounds and attaining sterility and healing was half compared to conventional therapy. (IANS/SP)
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