Historic Sujanpur Holi begins in Himachal

Historic Sujanpur Holi begins in HimachalSujanpur (Himachal Pradesh), March 26 : The four-day Holi celebrations of Sujanpur, which trace their origin to the erstwhile Katoch princely ruler Sansar Chand, began with a riot of colours Tuesday, organisers said.

The celebrations, which include folk festivals, will end Thursday, a day after Holi celebrations end in other northern states.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, while opening the festival at the historic Chaugan here Monday evening, said the Sujanpur Holi festival was famous not only in the state but in entire northern India.

"It's a matter of pride that its rich traditions are being followed even today," he said.

Organisers said the state-level Holi festival has been celebrated since Sansar Chand (1765-1823) turned it into a popular folk festival on the lines of Holi of 'Brij' in Uttar Pradesh.

Besides its historic and religious significance, the festival is linked to the well-being and prosperity of locals. It also promotes tourism and trade.

It is believed that on this day, the Katoch ruler would put aside his royalty and mingle with the masses.

A tank in the royal palace was filled with coloured water and Sansar Chand would kick off the celebrations by splashing it on his queens and relatives.

Legend has it that Sansar Chand would take the form of Lord Krishna and his wife Rani Suketki would transform into Radha when they played Holi.

The entire royal family set out of the palace on elephants and passed through streets of the town. The people standing along the way would throw colours on them.

The Radha-Krishna temple here is believed to have been built by Sansar Chand in 1790 on the advice of his mother.

Kullu and Kinnauri shawls, handicrafts, carpets and dry fruits are a major attraction for the customers during the celebrations. (IANS)


Check out More news from Telecom Sector :: Pharmaceutical Sector :: Auto Sector :: Infrastructure :: Real Estate

Popular Stories

Sufi legend Begum Yaman passes away at 52

New Delhi [India], Apr 28 : Famous sufi singer and... Read More

No farmer committed suicide over drought: TN Govt. to SC

New Delhi [India], Apr. 28 : In a development bound... Read More

Never took studies as 'burden', says JEE 2017 topper

Udaipur (Rajsthan) [India], Apr 28 : Kalpit Veerwal... Read More

Narada sting: ED files case against TMC leaders

New Delhi [India], Apr. 28 : After the Central... Read More

UP STF raids petrol pumps, eight caught using cheating chip

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), April 28 : The special... Read More

UP school issues bizarre diktat: Yogi haircut

Meerut (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Apr 28 : In a... Read More