Celebrating Holi Festival in Varanasi, An Experience of Eternity

Celebrating Holi Festival in Varanasi, An Experience of Eternity

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“Brahma once weighed the heavens against Kashi. And Kashi, being heavier, sank while the skies, despite all the gods who lived there, rose upwards.”


Adi Shankaracharya, the establisher of four mathas, said these wise words about Varanasi, formerly Kashi, explaining its divinity and religious Florence as compared to other historical places in India. Varanasi is famous for several reasons, be it the Ganges, or the famous Assi ghat, Kashi Naresh’s quila, or even the wholesome Ghats present there, all of them being a center of global attraction and a location for filming in India. International Film Makers have to get an allowance from the Film and Documentary Permissions in India to gather the information they need based on the documentaries they are filming.


Also known as the Mukti Dham or salvation point on earth, Kashi has a rich mythological history and culture as well. Some of the Indian festivals have a different aura when celebrated here. Mahashivratri, Holi, Diwali, Shraawan Maas are among others. The festival celebrated here which intrigued us the most is Holi.


Holika Dahan

Holika Dahan is the ritual often followed throughout the northern and western India. In this, a pyre is burnt in the open areas, as a remark of win of good over evil. This is celebrated differently in Varanasi, as the pyres are situated on the Ghats. Tourists and International film makers, directors, producers from different production companies across the world are there after the consultation from Documentary research companies in India who often document the ritual of the Ganges to be lit up saffron with the flames burnt on its shores, for not less than 10-20 kilometers. This scene is magnificent to look at and this makes Holika Dahan much sought-after pre-Holi celebrations among the locals and tourists as well. Translator and Interpreter support in India helps out the tourists and overseas film makers to understand all the rituals and their methods properly.


Holika was the sister of Hiranyakashayapa, who tortured his son Prahlad to worship him as his god. Holika sat with Prahlad, in a pyre. She was granted immunity towards the fire, but she died being burnt alive, Prahlad rescued scratch less. Since evil was burnt away in the pious fire, this event is celebrated as the win of good over evil.


Holi- the colors of India

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Being the main event, this attracts tourists and enthusiasts from all around the world. This not only is celebrated as one of the major holidays/vacations all over India. Holi has a cultural, mythological and socially-rich history, making it a much-awaited festival.


On this day, the roads, the compounds, the air all are filled with colors, every basic color in hand’s reach. Not only does this induces an ultimate adrenaline rush in everyone, but it also compels them to enjoy forgetting their religion, caste, creed, race, and play as one.


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Holi in Varanasi means the roads and the Ghats are poured in with water and color and fragrance of flowers-scented perfumes. Also, a glass of Thandai, a smoothie made with condensed milk, sugar, saffron, cardamom, and dry fruits, is prevalent in Uttar Pradesh. The people documenting these uses Professional camera and rigs equipment from the Equipment rental company in India to capture the smiling faces as well as the vibrant colors around.


Holi is a much sought-after festival, known to bring joy and harmony along with peace to all people.

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