(Last Updated on : 22/12/2008)
Brij Festival is related to Lord Krishna
. The festival derives its name from the region in which it is celebrated. The festival is celebrated a few days before the festival of Holi
. The Brij region is located in the Bharatpur district. The festival is celebrated with lot of fervor and zest. Dressed in multicolor attires the villagers perform the famous Raslila that depicts the eternal love story of lord Krishna and his beloved Radha. It is held in the month of March. During this celebration the followers or devotees of Lord Krishna gather in open air and the performances commence.
The main attraction of the festival is the Raslila Dance. Apart from this folk songs and dances are also performed on this day. People of all ages and caste can participate in the Brij Festival. The entire region comes alive and looks resplendent as colors are dashed in to the air.
Before the celebrations start devotees congregate at the temple of Shri Radha Krishnaji in the morning after taking a bath in the holy waters of Banganga River. It is believed that the holy water has the power to purify souls. The devotees then visit the temples of Hanuman, Ganga Bihari, Lord Shiva
and matha of Goswamiji.
Brij festival is one of the most popular festivals of Rajasthan. Lord Krishna has always been closely associated with the culture and history of Rajasthan
. Whether it is the devotional songs or the paintings, sculptures or engravings the figure of Krishna has a special role to play. The Brij Festival is thus celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm in Rajasthan.