LATHMAR HOLI (2) CELEBRATIONS IN NANDGAON
UTTAR PRADESH - INDIA
The celebrations on the second day move to Nandgaon, Lord Krishna’s birthplace. We arrived on the streets of Nandgaon early in the afternoon of 5th March to be greeted by a carnival atmosphere. Once again our guide, Puru Sharma, made sure we were in the right place at the right time to ensure that we could capture more great images of these extremely colourful celebrations.
Musical artists play their instruments whilst an Indian Horse Dance is performed by men dressed in brightly coloured horse costumes.
The locals dance to the loud, rhythmic beat of drums and horns.
Street traders sell coloured powder, known as gulal.
The streets are adorned with mythological wall-paintings.
Street wall-art depicts the Hindu god, Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha. The Krishna-Radha love story is one of the most famous in Hindu mythology.
Groups congregate on street corners or sit in doorways, eagerly waiting to ambush passers-by with their water sprays and powder.
People jostle their way through the narrow street on the way to the Temple.
Chaos ensues as people stop to remove their shoes before entering the Temple.
Everyone is eager to enter the Shri Nandbaba Temple to join the celebrations there.