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Phag Utsav – Holi with flowers in Govind Devji Temple in Jaipur

Phag Utsav is the unique way of celebrating Holi festival in the GovindDevjiTemple dedicated to Lord Krishna in Jaipur in Rajashtan. Instead of color or gulal powders, flowers are used to play Holi here. The festival here celebrates the divine love of Radha and Krishna. The highlight of the festival is the reenacting of Lathmar Holi of Braj and Muslim artists pay homage to the immortal love of Radha and Krishna.
The history of Phag Utsav is of more than 300 years and the reason for using flowers instead of color stems from the belief that the use of the color hurts the murti of Krishna.
Artists from different places in India come here to perform before Krishna. At the temple, the greatest artist of the world, Krishna, witnesses the art of numerous performers which are performed as offering to Krishna.
The vibrant folk songs and dances of Holi are performed at the temple for more than a week during the Phag festival. The legends of Radha and Krishna are showcased at the temple through…

Edible Holi Colors: Eco–Friendly Holi Gulal Colors in Delhi

If you are looking to play Holi in an eco-friendly way, then this is yet another new option. A group of 20 woman inmates at Tihar's Jail and Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS) in Delhi have come out with nature friendly edible colors for Holi celebrations. The dry colours (gulal) are made using flowers, herbs, arrowroot powder and food grade colour. This eco-friendly color from Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS) is available in select centers in Delhi.Indian Express Reports"We have used arrowroot powder and flower petals alongwith food grade colour and natural fragrances to make colours that are purely skin friendly and even eatable," says Vishal anand, spokesperson Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS), an NGO which has been working with inmates for over 15 years.Vishalanand says, "Packaging of the colours will be done at par with the international standards and they will be put on sale at a mall in RajouriGarden and Delhi Haat. The colours would be available at co…

Shri Shri Anandamurti Thoughts on Chanting of Devotional Songs

Kirtana is a valuable spiritual aid to bring the seeker closer to the Supreme Consciousness. It is the singing of devotional songs, chanting creatively with heartfelt sincerity and purpose. Kirtana is helpful in all spheres of life; it helps us to overcome physical troubles and tribulations as well.During kirtana many assemble together, united in purpose, and so all their collective physical energies function in unison. Their collective psychic energies flow in the same channel, inspired by Parama Purusa. At the place of kirtana, not only will there be a huge concentration of physical energies, but also a powerful concentration of psychic energy, which will remove all the collective, accumulated miseries of the material world. Kirtana is initiation to the Divine to reveal the Supreme Consciousness within. Physical afflictions are caused partly by nature, and partly by our own thoughts and actions. Whatever might be the physical miseries natural or man-made if people collectively chant…