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Holi in Nandgaon in Mathura

Holi in Nandgaon begins on the tenth day (dasami) of the shukla paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Phalgun month with the return visit of the Gopas of Barsana to play Holi with the Gopis of Nandgaon. In 2018, Lathmar Holi in Nandgaon is on February 26 and Feb 27. On the previous day, the men of Nandgaon village had gone to Barsana to play the famous Lathmar Holi with the females there. Now the men folk come to play holi in Nandgaon.

The men folk of Barsana carry a flag from their village to the ShrijiTemple in Nandgaon. The men and women of Nandgaon try to stop them.

Colors are thrown on all the people around. The occasion is marked by singing of devotional and folk songs. Women also fend off the men folk of Barsana with bamboo sticks.

Nandgaon is around 30 km from Mathura and is on the way to Barsana.

You may like to read Holi in Barsana

The Hindu Story of How Jewels and Precious Stones were formed

There is an interesting story in the Garuda Purana which explains how diamonds, pearls, precious stones like ruby, emerald and sapphire etc are formed. Once there lived a demon (Asura) named Balasura. He was a very generous king and was very popular with his subjects. Once he defeated Indra and other demigods (Devas) and soon he became invincible. Unable to find a way to defeat Balasura, Devas decided to perform a yajna (sacrifice). A person who appeared at the yajna advised to take advantage of Balasura’s generosity. Balasura used to never refuse people and he used to fulfill their wishes. Devas went in the guise of common people and asked his body to be offered as sacrifice as they were performing a sacrifice for the welfare of the people. Balasura readily agreed and offered his body. Soon the Devas took their real form and took the body of Balasura and started traveling through the sky. But the body slipped from the hands of Devas and fell on the earth and broke into many parts and go…

Free Hindu Prayer iphone Application

iPuja is a free Hindu prayer iphone application and it features the important Hindu deities and the respective mantras to chant for each one. iphone application explain some of the symbols in Hinduism and their The significance. The Kirtan Section contains lyrics of some major chants in Hinduism. Hanuman, Shiva and Durga Chalisas are included for now.The mantra chanting section helps in meditation. It loops through the mantras for continuous repetitive chanting of these powerful mantras. You can listen in through your iphone loudspeakers or through tour iphone headsets.You can get more details of the iPuja iphone Application here at ipuja application site.

Teachings of Sadhu Vaswani

Hurt no one! Learn to practice ahimsa to yourself first. There are many cells in your body. Every bad thought, every vicious desire harms the cells in you. You are their guardian, so keep away from bad thoughts.
Cultivate ekagrata or one-pointedness, the power of speech and the power of silence. Speak to the point. Learn to sit in silence and adore silence.
Cultivate saralata or simplicity. Without being simple no one ever passed from learning to wisdom. None ever entered into illumination without overcoming desire and ego. Be simple! And you will be transformed. Be simple and you will be flooded with light from within.
To reach the centre that is you, the real Self, try to rise above argument, thought, and abstraction. Pass into illumination. This comes gently, gradually, silently, from the real Self, the atman. Be simple, non-egoistic. 
Overcome the desire-self! Become a nukta, a point in the cosmos. Then you will receive illumination from the atman. Sadhu Vaswani


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