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Holi Festival in Kullu in Himachal Pradesh – 40-day Festival begins on Vasant Panchami

Holi Festival in Kullu in Himachal Pradesh begins on the Vasant Panchami day. In 2023, the festival begins on January 26 and will conclude on the Holi festival day on March 8, 2023. The festival in Kullu is associated with the Raghunath Temple . The murti worshipped in the temple – Sri Ram – is brought out on a chariot. People apply colors on the murti of Sri Ram and his brother Bharath. The 40-day festival is in commemoration of the bringing of the murti of Sri Ram from Ayodhya in 1660 AD. The murti is installed at the famous Raghunath Temple at Sultanpur in Kullu. The murti of Sri Ram will be bathed in colors for 40 days. The festival will culminate on the Holi day. 

Senapati Manifestation of Muruga

Senapati is one of the important forms of Muruga or Subrahmanya. In this form he is the commander of the armed forces of the Devas. When Murugan is worshipped as Senapati, he has six heads and twelve eyes. The murti has the brilliance of the sun. Goddess Devasena is seated on the left lap of Senapati. One of the left arms of Muruga is around the waist of the Devi. The corresponding right holds a lotus. The other hands hold Shoola, Khetaka, Vajra, Dhanus, Gada, Ghanta and Kukkuta. The hands are also in Abhaya and Varada posture.

Kunj Ekadashi Before Holi Festival in Nathdwara

Kunj Ekadashi is associated with Shri Thakurji (Lord Krishna) and is part of the Dol Utsav and Holi festival. Kunj Ekadashi 2023 date is March 3. It is observed on the 11th day during Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Phalgun month (Fagun Sud 11). Kunj means garden and the belief is that Lord Krishna visits the garden prepared for the Dol festival. The colorful festivities of Dol and Holi from Kunj Ekadashi day are observed during the evening also. From today onwards there is no difference between god and devotee – the conversation enters into friendly talks including foul words are used. Kunj Ekadashi is of great significance at Nathdwara - a town in Rajasthan. It is located in the Aravalli hills, on the banks of the Banas River in Rajsamand District, 48 kilometres north-east of Udaipur. Nathdwara  is famous for its temple of Krishna which houses the deity of Shrinathji, a 14th-century, 7-year-old 'infant' incarnation of Bhagavan Sri Krishna. The d