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Yogi Adityanath government to celebrate 'rangotsav' in Mathura and Barsana

In Ayodhya last year, the government had similarly organised a 'Deepotsav', or festival of lights, on the occasion of Diwali.

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Last Updated: Feb 13, 2018, 07.57 AM IST
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The event is being organised almost a week ahead of the Holi festival, which falls on March 2 this year, since festivities last in Barsana for almost a week, officials said.
NEW DELHI: After Diwali last year, the Yogi Adityanath government in UP is preparing to celebrate Holi on a grand scale this month.

The BJP government plans to organise a two-day 'Rangotsav', or festival of colours, on February 23 and 24 in Mathura and Barsana, the birthplaces of Lord Krishna and Radha respectively, to commemorate the traditional 'Latthmaar Holi' which CM Adityanath will also attend.

The event is being organised almost a week ahead of the Holi festival, which falls on March 2 this year, since festivities last in Barsana for almost a week, officials said.

In Ayodhya last year, the government had similarly organised a 'Deepotsav', or festival of lights, on the occasion of Diwali.

The upcoming Rangotsav will feature a cultural event on the evening of both days at the Yamuna Bank opposite the historic Vishram Ghat in Mathura, a Yamunaaarti by the CM - who is also the head priest of the Gorakhnath Math - and the entire town of Barsana will be decorated with flowers and colours.

As many as 10 quintals of petals of flowers such as red rose and marigold will be sprinkled over Barsana as 'pushp varsha (flower rain)' from a helicopter, according to people engaged in the preparations.

Vishram Ghat is the place where Lord Krishna is said to have rested after killing his uncle, Kans. The buildings and structures at the Vishram Ghat will be illuminated through "coloured concept lighting" to enhance the grandeur of the venue along with 35 temples in Mathura, Vrindavan, Barsana and Nandgaon, including Krishna Janmabhoomi, Dwarkadhish Temple and intersections in the towns.

The cultural event on February 23-24 in Mathura, with performances by Bollywood and classical artists, will be designed for a capacity of 4,000 attendees opposite the Vishram Ghat and a platform will be created for Yamuna aarti by 100 VIPs, including the CM. Two illuminated boats with decor on the theme of 'Radha-Krishna' will sail in the Yamuna during the event.

Barsana will be beautified with flowers, props, balloons, coloured clothes, satin flags and Rangoli decorations. The "true ambience of Holi" will be created at Barsana by shower and spraying of gulal of various colours at multiple locations in the city, including the Latthmaar Holi Sthal (point), they said.
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