(Last Updated on : 02-09-2013)
Rash Festival in Nalbari District
is celebrated in the month of November with great religious vigour. The grandeur of the district is worth experiencing. Over years, the festival has become intertwined with the culture of the district. Rash Festival is mainly celebrated to honour Lord Krishna
and his eternal love Radha
and is believed to be associated with his Raslila
. The festival is characterized by recalling the days spent by the Lord Krishna in Vrindavan
Legend says that when the captivating autumn moon and gentle breeze inspired Lord Krishna to compose mesmerizing renditions with his flute, the enchanting melody made the 'Gopis' to leave their household chores for joining him in Raslila. Rash Festival has been found to be mentioned in ancient texts like Vishnu Purana
and Shri Bhagawad Puran. Later, the festival has also been depicted in plays, like Keligopal, and Kirtans. The significance of Rash Festival lies in its depiction of love and devotion for Lord Krishna among the Gopis. Lord Krishna is believed to be the supreme icon of Love in spiritual world. Rash Festival celebrates pious and ultimate love towards Lord where one surrenders himself completely regardless of his own world.
Rash Festival in Nalbari District is organized in the campus of Hari Mandir. The temple, Hari Mandir, is situated at the centre of the town. The festival is accompanied by a grand fair. Mobile theatres are also the prominent features of this festival which augments the festive mood and atmosphere of the district. The pomp and show of the festival invites people belonging to far off places, districts and states. The grandeur of Rash Festival in Nalbari District is comparable to the Dussehra
festival of Mysore
and Ganesh Chaturthi
. It also plays a crucial role in uniting the people belonging to different castes and creeds as the spirit of the festival deluges all irrespective of their ethnicities.
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