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How to Celebrate Holi?

Get natural colors in powdered or watery form and throw it on friends, relatives, and passersby on the Holi festival day. Because this is what Lord Krishna did? Sri Krishna ran around the villages in Vrindavan, Gokul and Barsana playing Holi. He used pichkaris to splash colors on Gopis and Gopas. Although there are a couple of myths associated with Holi, it is the one associated with Krishna that is the most famous. Of course, Holika Dahan (Holi bonfire) is associated with the unwavering Vishnu devotion of young Prahalad. In Mathura and Vrindavan, Holi celebrations start well in advance like the Lathmar Holi . There are numerous other Holi related celebrations in the villages in and around Mathura and Vrindavan. The celebrations at homes begin three days before the full moon or the Holika Dahan day. Special saris called Dandia is made for married daughters during Holi. Children are also presented with new clothes. Arrival of Holi festival

Story of Samjna, Wife of Surya - the Sun God

Samjna is the wife of Surya, the sun god in Hinduism. She was the daughter of Vishwakarma, the divine architect. However, Samjna was unhappy with her married life due to the unbearable heat of Surya. She hid in the wilderness disguised as a mare to avoid Surya’s intense brilliance. When she left, she disguised her handmaiden Chhaya in her place. Soon Surya discovered his wife’s secret and transformed himself into a stallion to have intercourse with her. Samjna in the form of mare turned her face to him; he breathed upon her and she conceived through her nose. From their union came the horse-headed Ashwins, as well as the god of death Yama and his sister Yami. Samjna agreed to return to Surya, but first she had Vishwakarma, her father, trim away some of Surya’s rays to diminish his brightness.