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Vrindavan In Puri


Vrindavan is the place of Lord Krishna and Puri is the sacred Dham of Lord Jagannth.

When Vrindavan is famous for Lord Krishna’s Holi Ustav, many people across India do not know the importance of Dola Purnima or Dola Ustav in Puri.

As the scared dham of Puri is more known for Lord Jagannath’s annual Rath Jatra, Dola Ustav has not been highlighted as it should be.

Lord Jagannath is worshiped as “Dola Govinda during the Dola Ustav. Dola means swing and ustav is festival. So this is swing festival of Lord Jagannth which is not less celebrated than that of the festival in Brundavan.

Dola Purnima or ‘Basanta Utsav’ or spring festival in Odia almanac is observed on the full moon day or Poornima and ‘Krishna’ or “Dola Govinda’ becomes the center of attraction with various forms of his worship all-over Odisha.

Jagannth Dham is pioneer of the Basant Ustav being celebrated across the state. Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra, Lord Jagannth and Lord Sudarshan are decked up in Suna Besa or the gold attire on the Ratna Sinhasan. This Godly attire is also called Raja Rajeswar Besa.

Lord’s representative or Govinda along with Sridevi are placed in Dola Bedi where devotees throw different colours on them.

The six-day festival also known as Dola Jatra in Odisha begins from Falguna Dasami when idols of Lord Krishna are carried in decorated ‘Vimans’ (palanquin).

The devotees and carrier of Vimans are smeared with Abhira or dry colour. The idols are taken on procession and halt at the door step of villagers who worship Lord Krishna to get his blessings.

Like Dusshera, Dola Purnima is also celebrated a festival marking victory of good over bad. According to Hindu mythology, demon Hiranya Kashyap attempted to kill his son Prahallad, a great devotee of Lord Krishna.

The demon king asked his sister Holika to sit in fire with Prahallad in order to kill him. Holika was blessed by God that she would not burnt down in fire.

However, Holika burnt alive while Prahallad escaped from fire unhurt.

The Holi Festival therefore derived its name from Holika.
 


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