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Rajasthan has a rich festive calendar and Brij Festival is one such festival, which draws thousands of pilgrims and tourists alike. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, this festival is marked by verve and vitality. Villagers, decked up in their traditional best throng in large numbers to sing and dance to the Raslila dance -a dance form, which illustrates the timeless love-story of Radha and Krishna.
Held in the Bharatpur district of Rajasthan in the month of February, Brij Festival is held on the eve of Holi. Located on the Delhi - Mumbai main railway line and also on National Highway no. 11, Bharatpur is well connected to the rest of the country. The city resonates with the enchanting melodies of folk songs and dance forms. The vivacious revelers splash color on everyone around thereby taking the celebration on to the streets and alleyways.
Bharatpur is home to Keoladeo Ghana National Park (better known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary).
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Brij Festival is celebrated every year in the month of Feb on the eve of festival of colors, Holi.
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Brij Festival is dedicated to Lord Krishna and his love story with Radha
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The Brij Festival is dedicated to Lord Krishna where the main attraction is the colorful Raslila, depicting the love story of Radha and Krishna, As it is celebrated on the eve of Holi, colors do play an important role in this festival. Heaps of colored powder can be seen on sale where the frenzied revelers splash it on every one around. There are village fairs and cultural festivals also.
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Bharatpur, the erstwhile royal hunting reserve of the princes of Bharatpur, which takes credit to one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world, springs up to the melodious folk songs in praise of Lord Krishna on the occasion of Brij Festival. Bharatpur would be inundated with revelers of all possible genres from men, women, young and the aged to impart a festive hue. No Rajasthan festival is complete without colors and Brij is no different. As it falls on the eve of Holi, this festival is especially underscored by vibrant colors. The whole town wears a festive look where people splash color on each other, thereby adding specks of flair and flamboyance to the celebration.
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Brij celebrations are marked with spontaneous expressions of music and dance. The whole of Bharatpur resounds with the melodious music and Raslila dance forms are performed in praise of the immortal love story of Lord Krishna and his sweet heart, Radha.
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Houses and streets are tastefully decorated and everybody gets ready to welcome the spring after the winter. The best part of Brij is that it has no class barriers and no matter whether they are rich or poor, the villagers participate in the fun and frolic with zest. The festive mood reaches its crescendo in the evening as Brij festival would be taken over by Holi celebrations the very next day.
People smear colored powder and sprinkle colored jets of water on everyone around, which enhances the festive mood.
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