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Top 5 Places to Visit During Radha Ashtami

By Anusha

India is a country of many cultures, religions and traditions; the confluence has given rise to many colourful festivals that are celebrated with much gaiety. The festivals that take place in different regions seem to bring alive the very essence of the place and its cultural fabric. People come together forgetting the stress of mundane routines to celebrate, pray and look forward to new beginnings. Indian festivals are popular the world over for the opportunity they present that is a chaotic riot of fun, colours, traditions, joy and food.

Travel to certain places can be made even more exciting if done during a specific festival that the region is popular for. Take a look at the beautiful places in India that are celebrating the birth of Goddess Radha or Radha Ashtami this month. Join in the festive spirit and enjoy the sacred bond that Radha Krishna represent.

Braj

Braj

The region of Braj or Brajbhoomi is not defined politically but has clear demarcation as per cultural basis. The region of Braj is considered to be the birthplace of the Hindu Lord Krishna and is very significant on cultural and spiritual grounds. The region consists of more than the Mathura district, in fact, 1300 villages fall under the Brajbhoomi. The place is full of stories and legends associated with the mentions in the Mahabharata of Lord Krishna's birth, his childhood years and adolescent activities. There are many temples dedicated to the Lord and the other prominent figures in his life such as Radha and Balram. The region comes alive during festivals such as Radha Ashtami, making it a great cultural experience.

Photo Courtesy: Vrindavan Lila

Mathura

Mathura

Popular as the nucleus of the Lord Krishna birth land or Brajbhumi, Mathura is an ancient city that has much to offer travellers. Though the main attractions in the city are temples; their stunning architecture, the interesting legends and eventful history associated with them make these temples more than mere religious destinations. The Lord Krishna way of life is a spiritual quest that begins at the Janmabhoomi temple of Mathura. The city comes alive during various festivals that are associated with Lord Krishna's life including Holi, Diwali, Krishna Janmastami, Radha Astami, etc. It is ideal to visit Mathura during the festival time to see it come alive with the stories of one of the most charismatic figures in spirituality.

Photo Courtesy: Emuishere Peliculas

Vrindavan

Vrindavan

Another ancient city, Vrindavan is located in the Mathura district and is just 11 km from Mathura city. It is popular for the hundreds of temples dedicated to Lord Krishna dotting its landscape. Another very important city for the Hindus, Vrindavan is considered to be the forests mentioned in the Mahabharata, where Lord Krishna spent his childhood days. The festivals related to the lord are celebrated with much gaiety in the city's many temples. Temples such as Sri Radha Raman Mandir celebrates the scared bond of Lord Krishna and Radha on Radha Astami.

Photo Courtesy: Vrindavan Lila

Barsana

Barsana

The town of Barsana in Uttar Pradesh is popular as the place where Lord Kirshna's beloved Radha spent her childhood years. The town is famous for many stories associated with Lord Krishna and Radha. It is especially crucial for followers of the Gaudiya Vaishnavism, who worship Goddess Radha as the embodiment of 'Shakti'. Barsan celebrates Radha Ashtami with great fervour and attracts devotees from the world over for the festival. The other festival that the town is popular for is Lath Mar Holi.

Photo Courtesy: Vrindavan Lila

Nandgaon

Nandgaon

The towns of Barsana and Nandgaon hold special significance for certain festivals such as Holi and Radha Ashtami. The town is popular for the importance given to the influence of the Gopis and Radha in Lord Krishna's life and the stories and antics of the god are re-enacted by the devotees. Especially children are dressed as little Lord Krishnas and Radhas and the eternal bond between the two, which is considered the purest form of love is celebrated at the various temples. Like a visit to these towns are a must to experience the unique Lath Mar Holi, the festival of Radha Astami is also an enriching and educating cultural experience in the region.

Photo Courtesy: Vrindavan Lila

How to reach Mathura

How to reach Mathura

By Road: The cities Mathura and Vrindavan are well-connected by roads and public transport. Buses are available from various destinations such as Delhi (159 km) and Agra (59 km). Vrindavan is 11 km from Mathura, Barsana is located at a distance of 42 km and Nandgaon at a distance of 534 km.

By Rail: The Mathura Railway Station is well-connected to major destinations in the region.

By Air: The nearest airport is located in Agra at a distance of 59 km from Mathura.

Photo Courtesy: Barry Silver

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