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Aaj Biraj Mein Holi re rasiya…. Happy Holi!

Aaj Biraj Mein HORI re rasiya, hOORi re rasiyaaaa, hORi re rasiya,
Hori rrrre rasiya, Hori rrrre rasiyaaa, Hoorri re rasiyyya, ho0ri re rasiya,
Aaj Biraj mein Hori reeee rasiyaaa, Hori re rasiya, Hori re rasiya…

Abira Gulaal ke Baadal chaye, baaadal chaye, baaadal chaye,
Dhoom machaye re sab mil rasiya, hori re rasiya, hori re rasiya

Holi is celebrated with gusto for almost three weeks in Lord Krishna’s territory of Vrindavan, Nandgaon, Barsana; all about 150 Kms from Delhi, INDIA…. This photo feature captures a few motions and emotions of the place on the occasion!
 
 
 

The Brijbhoomi beckons; Typical lanes of Vrindavan
The Brijbhoomi beckons; Typical lanes of Vrindavan

 
 
 

The Soulful singer at Radha Raman Mandir, Brij
The Soulful singer at Radha Raman Mandir, Brij

 
 
 

The festooned roofs of the temple precincts
The festooned roofs of the temple precincts

 
 
 

Children at their best
Children at their best

 
 
 

The pilgrims and the visitors drenched and decked
The pilgrims and the visitors drenched and decked

 
 
 

Spirit of Festivities everywhere
Spirit of Festivities everywhere

 
 
 

Rhythmic movements and the swings
Rhythmic movements and the swings

 
 
 

Gopis and Cattle are plenty
Gopis and Cattle are plenty

 
 
 

The Blessed Bliss, in his own world
The Blessed Bliss, in his own world

 
 
 

The electrifying temple precincts
The electrifying temple precincts

 
 
 

emotional devotion and devotional emotions
emotional devotion and devotional emotions

 
 
 

intense gaiety and fervour
intense gaiety and fervour

 
 
 

immersed in the 'gulal'
immersed in the ‘gulal’

 
 
 

Devotion or craziness, you wonder!
Devotion or craziness, you wonder!

 
 
 

The official roving 'pichkaris' at work
The official roving ‘pichkaris’ at work

 
 
 

Abira Gulal ke Baadal Chaye
Abira Gulal ke Baadal Chaye

 
 
 

The official supplies, ready at hand
The official supplies, ready at hand

 
 
 

Securing the child, hoisting to vantage
Securing the child, hoisting to vantage

 
 
 

children partake in the festivity as crowd disperses
children partake in the festivity as crowd disperses

 
 
 

Looking for Salvation
Looking for Salvation

 
 
 

Here comes a blessing of the supreme
Here comes a blessing of the supreme

 
 
 

Frenzied 'Radhe Radhe' chants rent the air
Frenzied ‘Radhe Radhe’ chants rent the air

 
 
 

Absolute surrender
Absolute surrender

 
 
 

The ecstasy and beyond as Aarti happens
The ecstasy and beyond as Aarti happens

 
 
 

The priest catching his breath after nine-hour frenzy
The priest catching his breath after nine-hour frenzy

 
 
 

Queuing for the special audience
Queuing for the special audience

 
 
 

Here flies the special prasad!
Here flies the special prasad!

 
 
 

mine mine mine, they go!
mine mine mine, they go!

 
 
 

What next? Where do we go?
What next? Where do we go?

 
 
 

Bhakths disperse leaving behind the colorful slushy precincts
Bhakths disperse leaving behind the colorful slushy precincts

 
 
 

Saved the camera from the savage of crowd and officials!
Saved the camera from the savage of crowd and officials!

 
 
 

The lord is visible all over!
The lord is visible all over!

 
 
 

The colors that you will not miss!
The colors that you will not miss!

 
 
 

The omnipresent rudraksh!
The omnipresent rudraksh!

 
 
 

The forty winks to get ready!
The forty winks to get ready!

 
 
 

The LORD to be framed!
The LORD to be framed!

 
 
 

The Widows of vrindavan, waiting for alms
The Widows of vrindavan, waiting for alms

 
 
 

Double celebrations, HOLI and Election results - discussion go on!
Double celebrations, HOLI and Election results – discussion go on!

 
 
 

Lord on a tree, next to river Yamuna teasing Gopikas
Lord on a tree, next to river Yamuna teasing Gopikas

 
 
 

Siesta time, by the river
Siesta time, by the river

 
 
 

I lost my heart in Vrindavan
I lost my heart in Vrindavan

 
 
 

I gave up everything for the lord
I gave up everything for the lord

 
 
 

Singing Bhajans in praise of almighty I indulge in now
Singing Bhajans in praise of almighty I indulge in now

 
 
 

OFO, Holi hai! A few days away!
OFO, Holi hai! A few days away!

 
 
 

I am busy as ever, a visit to the temple it takes
I am busy as ever, a visit to the temple it takes

 
 
 

Neither am I less busy - the mustard oil extraction
Neither am I less busy – the mustard oil extraction

 
 
 

Outside is no less frenzy by evening
Outside is no less frenzy by evening

 
 
 

The 'Pett puja' we need to have
The ‘Pett puja’ we need to have

 
 
 

You cannot miss the HOLI flavour
You cannot miss the HOLI flavour

 
 
 

1-2-3, ready for Raas Lila? - Look
1-2-3, ready for Raas Lila? – Look

 
 
 

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

 
 
 

Lyrics of another version of ‘Aaj Biraj mein holi re rasiya’ (Hindi,English)

आज बिरज में होली रे रसिया.Aaj Biraj mein holi re rasiya.
आज बिरज में होली रे रसिया.Aaj Biraj mein holi re rasiya.

घर घर से बिरज बनिता आई.Ghar ghar se Biraj banita aayi.
घर घर से बिरज बनिता आई.Ghar ghar se Biraj banita aayi.

कोई श्यामल,कोई गोरी रे रसिया.Koi shyamal,koi gori re rasiya.
कोई श्यामल,कोई गोरी रे रसिया.Koi shyamal,koi gori re rasiya.

आज बिरज में होली रे रसिया.Aaj Biraj mein holi re rasiya.
आज बिरज में होली रे रसिया.Aaj Biraj mein holi re rasiya.

आये कुमार कन्हाई लाला.Aaye kumar Kanhai Lala.
आये कुमार कन्हाई लाला.Aaye kumar Kanhai Lala.

आई राधा गोरी रे रसिया.Aayi Radha gori re rasiya.
आज बिरज में होली रे रसिया.Aaj Biraj mein,holi re rasiya.

आज बिरज में होली रे रसिया.Aaj Biraj mein holi re rasiya.
आज बिरज में होली रे रसिया.Aaj Biraj mein holi re rasiya.

कोई लाये चोबा,कोई लाये चन्दन.Koi laye choba,koi laye chandan.
कोई लाये चोबा,कोई लाये चन्दन.Koi laye choba,koi laye chandan.

कोई मलय मुख,रोरी रे रसिया.Koi malay mukh,rori re rasiya.
कोई मलय मुख,रोरी रे रसिया.Koi malay mukh,rori re rasiya.

आज बिरज में होली रे रसिया.Aaj Biraj mein holi re rasiya.
आज बिरज में होली रे रसिया.Aaj Biraj mein holi re rasiya.

उरत गुलाल,लाल वाये बादरा.Urat gulal,lal vaye badra.
उरत गुलाल,लाल वाये बादरा.Urat gulal,lal vaye badra.

आज बिरज में होली रे रसिया.Aaj Biraj mein holi re rasiya.
आज बिरज में होली रे रसिया.Aaj Biraj mein holi re rasiya.

चन्द्र सखी,भाज्बल कृष्ण छवि. Chandra sakhi,bhajbal Krishana chhavi.
चन्द्र सखी,भाज्बल कृष्ण छवि. Chandra sakhi,bhajbal Krishana chhavi.

चिर्जीबी यह है जोड़ी रे रसिया.Chirjibi yeh hai jodi re rasiya.
चिर्जीबी यह है जोड़ी रे रसिया.Chirjibi yeh hai jodi re rasiya.

आज बिरज में होली रे रसिया.Aaj Biraj mein holi re rasiya.
आज बिरज में होली रे रसिया.Aaj Biraj mein holi re rasiya.

आज बिरज में होली रे रसिया.Aaj Biraj mein holi re rasiya.
आज बिरज में होली रे रसिया.Aaj Biraj mein holi re rasiya.

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