Banaras is the city of Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb. Here in attitude, in behavior, in manners, in manner, in the manner that is right, like surroor in bhang and taravat in frostai. The attitude is not manaval here, but jial jalan. Zeal Jalan’s attitude towards research. The city of seven times nine festivals ehi bade kahal jala. Asked about the color of Holi here. Totally different style. Holi’s ruckus is less discipline, color is more simplicity, religion is less spirituality, Vaishnav is less Shaivite, Sufi is less world, Hindu is less Muslim. Saw youth. It is so difficult to recognize the color.
In Banaras, Holi started from Rangbhari Ekadashi itself. People play Holi with Baba Vishwanath and Mai Parvati. Colorful flying of the ground. Baba also blesses his gan. This Holi is the meeting of Shiva and Parvati i.e. Holi Holi of Raga-Rang. The very next day the raga changed into disillusionment, when Baba played Holi with Bhootan-Paretan, Chandalan and Jiva-Jantun at Manikanika Mahasamashan. Bathing in Baba Manikanika, then playing Holi with pyre ash. There is a unique tradition of playing Holi with pyre ashes on Masan in Banaras. The entire Banaras Phagun Shudi Dwadashi, played a masan-wali holi on the day of Maniknika Ghate. Here the rakhi of the funeral pyre, the rakhi of Aghorin’s smoke is used in the form of color-gulal. Aghori, Naga, Kinnar all participate in the Holi of Masaan. See the song of Masaan Ka Viragi Holi –
Play Holi in Masane Digangar Play Holi in Masane.
Bhoot pishachan boutori digambar khela holi in masane..
Lakhi beautiful phaguni sorted out, removes the color and gulal from the mind
The pyre is filled with ash, Digambar plays Holi in Masane..
Nachat gavat damru dhari, chhoyay snake girl pichkari.
Grandson Pret-Dhakori, Digambar play Holi in Masane..
Hob every Banarasi involved in Masaan’s Holi considers himself lucky. Blessings of Baba Masan Nath Banarasin. Tarayalan from Tarak Mantra. Mahavibhuti i.e. anointing of his enumeration with pyre ashes. The whole masan reverberated with the beats of Damru and the cheers of Baba. Gana people filtering cannabis-frosted and burning each other’s pyre. Banaras is the only place, where even after death, Mars feels like a trap.
After the dispassionate Holi of Masaan, Holi Holi of Raga-Rang. Holi reached its glory on Phagun Shudi Purnima. Radha-Krishna hoi jaala in the color of every Banarasi Holi of life, all the discipline of society, breaking the bondage. The special thing is that there should be discipline even if discipline is broken here. From early morning till the afternoon of Lei, the holi of Holi definitely went on in the fun of cannabis. But after noon it is fun to throw a splash of color only on the top of the wheat. Seen in the song Rang E of Raag Wali Banarasi Holi –
Halla in holi hola hey babua
Hula in Holi.
Aisan Rang Chadhal Phagun Ka
Aisan Rang Chadhal Phagun K,
Budhwo Badle Ba Chola, Hey Old Man Badle Ba Chola
Hey babua holi in holi hola.
The people of Banaras reached the Ganges and washed the whole color of body and mind after Holi hustle. After drinking clean water at a loss, all the houses lit up and attacked on divine food. At the third o’clock the new clothes are worn by friends, friends, relatives and relatives here, Holi Millay Jalan. This series of Holi meeting went on till the Tuesday after Holi, the old man of the youth was called Mangal. In Banaras, every man and woman from the rich to the poor of Lei wore new clothes for Holi. The festival of colours, bhangs, hustle and bustle culminates in Holi with a gathering of melody and music on the banks of the Ganges of Budhwa Mangal in Banaras. From Shivratri to Leike Budhwa Mangal, he went beyond the traditional tradition of raga-virag and presented a wonderful eternal philosophy of life in Banaras.
(Saroj Kumar is a senior journalist, views written in the article are his personal.)
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