Holi no tyohar! Explore five of the most spectacular Holi celebrations in Gujarat

Holi no tyohar! Explore five of the most spectacular Holi celebrations in Gujarat

From Dwarka to Dakor, these are the places in Gujarat where Holi is celebrated with unmatched devotion and excitement.

Gulaal swirls through the air, heralding the arrival of Holi! With each passing day, anticipation builds for this festival of colors, love, and the rejuvenation of the spring season. While we Gujaratis might feel a tinge of FOMO for missing out on the Holi celebrations of Mathura, Vrindavan, Banaras, or Pushkar, Gujarat boasts its own spectacular Holi celebrations which are also worth witnessing.

So, if you're keen to participate in grand and traditional Holi celebrations, head to any of these places! And do let us know if we've missed any but, bura na mano, Holi hai!

Dwarkadhish Temple, Dwarka

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The Dwarkadhish Temple, renowned as Jagat Mandir, stands majestically in the Saurashtra region. It holds a sacred place, especially during the vibrant festival of Holi.

Each year, over 10 lakhs devotees and tourists converge upon Dwarka, infusing the temple premises and the city streets with the jubilant colors of Abil Gulaal. The local Mer community adds their unique flair to the celebrations with traditional dances, while a myriad of cultural showcases enrich the festive spirit.

Ranchodharai Temple, Dakor

Ranchodharai Temple, nestled on the serene banks of Gomti Lake in Dakor, stands as a prominent tourist destination in Gujarat. Encircled by ancient fort walls, this magnificent temple holds a central position in Dakor's bustling main market. The annual three-day Fagani Poonam fair further enhances its allure, drawing visitors from near and far.

Come Holi, the temple precincts are bustling with pilgrims and tourists, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The festive spirit permeates the air as people from all walks of life come together to celebrate amidst the temple's surroundings.

Jagannath Temple, Ahmedabad

In Ahmedabad's bustling Jamalpur area, Jagannath Temple puts its own spin on Holi celebrations, adding an extra dose of excitement. Known for its annual Rath Yatra, the temple becomes a magnet for devotees and tourists alike during Holi.

But here's the twist: in a nod to eco-friendliness, the festivities often skip the usual harmful colors and waste of water, opting for lively flowers and tilak. This unconventional approach infuses the air with a riot of fragrances and a colorful charm, making the celebration both unique and environmentally conscious.

Shamlaji Temple

The Shamlaji Temple, situated in the Aravalli district of north Gujarat, holds a special place as the abode of Sakshi Gopal or Gadadhar. During Holi, the temple comes alive with vibrant celebrations. Devotees gather to immerse themselves in the joyous festivities, which include singing bhajans, performing traditional dances, and smearing each other with colors.

The atmosphere is filled with joy and camaraderie as people come together to celebrate the spirit of love and unity associated with Holi.

Bhalka Tirtha, Prabhas Patan

Moving to Bhalka Tirtha, a sacred pilgrimage site, where an incident from Lord Krishna's life is commemorated. Legend has it that it was here Krishna's feet were pierced by a hunter's arrow while he was meditating in a forest. During Holi, this sacred spot witnesses fervent celebrations as devotees gather to seek the blessings of Lord Krishna and partake in the festive spirit.

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