Madhya Pradesh: an alluring destination during Holi

Madhya Pradesh becomes an alluring destination during Holi, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in its vivid culture and warm hospitality.

Mar 22, 2024 - 14:50
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Madhya Pradesh: an alluring destination during Holi

--Ajay Chaturvedi

As the festival of colors approaches, Madhya Pradesh gears up to showcase its rich cultural heritage and spiritual significance through vibrant Holi celebrations. Nestled amidst the land of massive religious importance, Madhya Pradesh, boasting two jyotirlingas in Mahakal Lok, Ujjain, and Ekatm Dham (Statue of Oneness), Omkareshwar, promises an enchanting experience for devotees and travelers alike. Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board encourages the local traditional and cultural values of the state by empowering local communities.  

 Known for its fervent enthusiasm in celebrating festivals, Madhya Pradesh becomes an alluring destination during Holi, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in its vivid culture and warm hospitality. The Bhagoriya tradition of Madhya Pradesh possesses immense cultural value, where an array of sacred rituals is performed by the Bhil tribe of the state during the harvest period.  

At Mahakal Lok, devotees gather from across the nation to revel in the festivity amid the divine aura of Lord Shiva's abode where the first Holika Dahan of MP takes place. Adding to the allure, a grand Maha Aarti takes place at Sethani Ghat in Narmadapuram district, where the sacred waters of the Narmada River flow, offering a spiritual ambiance to the colorful festivities. Meanwhile, in Chhindwara, the Meghnad Fair sees different Maharashtrian communities coming together to apply colors to Lord Mahadev, symbolizing unity and harmony.

Indore Gair welcomes lakhs of visitors each year on Rang Panchami at the Rajwada Palace where sheer joy and colors awash the streets with majestic water cannons going on ever since the Holkar Dynasty. Bullock carts are loaded with herbal colors as people smear each other with gulal and joy. Not to be missed is the passionate celebration of Holi in the Bundelkhand region, particularly at the Ram Raja Darbar of Orchha, where the festival is marked with fervor and reverence. In the city of Gwalior, music enthusiasts can look forward to an electrifying performance by the Saregama Music Group at Shinde Ki Chhawni Mall, adding an extra layer of entertainment to the festive spirit.

 Principal Secretary Tourism and Culture Sheo Shekhar Shukla highlighted that ‘Madhya Pradesh stands as a beacon of cultural diversity and spiritual heritage, inviting everyone to partake in its mesmerizing Holi celebrations, creating memories to cherish for a lifetime. The Heart of Incredible India celebrates each festival with a blend of local customs and personal touch.’ Shukla is the MD, the MP Tourism Board at Bhopal.

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