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Barsana

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"The Birthplace of Radha Rani"

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Barsana is a place of historical significance which is located in the district of Mathura at Uttar Pradesh, India. The town is nicknamed as the Birthplace of Radha Rani as the Hindu goddess Radha (Lord Krishna's consort) was born in this city. Barsana is also popular for the grand celebration performed during the Holi festival, known as the Lathmar Holi.

Barsana is also called as Vrishabhanupura, named after the founder Vrishabhanu Maharaj, who is the father of Shri Radha. The town has many places of visit which are of religious and ancient significance. It is surrounded by many places where Goddess Radha spent her times with her Sakhis and Lord Krishna. There are many religious temples dedicated to Goddess Radha and Shri Krishna. The hills, ponds and many other places speak of the ways Radha spent time in Barsana.

The beautiful city is situated around two hills, namely, Brahma Hill and Vishnu Hill, which have four peaks in the region of Braj. According to popular beliefs, these peaks are the heads of Lord Brahma. Each of these peaks has a temple which are of religious significance. 

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Local Food and Restaurants

Barsana is famous for the classic North-Indian chaats which are available across various stalls and shops around the city. Shri Radha Rani Chaat Bhandar shop is a renowned chaat shop in town serving a variety of chaat items. Also, many unique recipes of Lassi are made which are sold in most restaurants. Most localities also like traditional North-Indian thali.

Barsana Holi

Holi in Barsana is celebrated in grandeur. The town has two unique versions of Holi called Laddu Holi and Lathmaar Holi.

Laddu Holi
The first day of Holi is celebrated as Laddoo Holi which is believed to have been the day when Lord Krishna visited Barsana. Laddoo, a traditional sweet in India which are ball-shaped are thrown from the top of Shri Radha temple, and the devotees try to catch them. These laddoos are the prasad or holy offerings.

Lathmaar Holi
Lathmaar Holi can be translated as Holi with stick beatings. It is believed that Lord Krishna used to tease Radha and her friends whenever he used to visit the city and the girls used to chase him away. Similarly, Lathmaar Holi is celebrated by the men provoking the women who in turn hit them with sticks. The men use shields to protect themselves from the thrashing.

History of Barsana

Barsana was initially called as Brahmasaran and is a very prominent place in the Hindu mythology as it is the birthplace of Goddess Radha. According to popular beliefs and epics like Padma Puran and Varaha Puran, Brahmaji performed prayers and austerities to please Lord Krishna. Contended by Lord Brahma's prayers, Lord Krishna blessed him with a boon to become a hill on the auspicious land of Barsana.

The city of Barsana is now situated around this hill. The hill has four peaks which indicate the four heads of Lord Brahma. The taller hill is the Brahma hill, and a black hill next to it is the Vishnu hill. On another peak, there is a palace of Vrishabhanu and is called as Vrishabhanugarh. The fourth peak is called as Vilasgarh. There is also another peak called Maangarh where Shri Ragha was believed to go when she was angry with Lord Shri Krishna. Shri Krishna is said to have collected taxes in the form of curd and butter in a hill called Daangarh.

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The popular Chhatris of Barsana
Lathmar Holi of Barsana
Lathmar Holi - Popular Festival Celebrated in Barsana, Mathura

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FAQs on Barsana

What is not so good about Barsana?

There are no adventurous and fun places to visit. Also, it is not the ideal for clubbers.

What are the places near Barsana?

The top places near to Barsana are Agra which is 81 km from Barsana, Mathura which is located 33 km from Barsana, Vrindavan which is located 32 km from Barsana, Delhi which is located 114 km from Barsana, Bharatpur which is located 49 km from Barsana

What is famous about Barsana?

The city is of great historic and religious significance. There are beautiful temples and ponds to visit within the city.

What is the best time to visit Barsana?

The best time to visit Barsana is between the months of October and March when the climate is pleasant and comfortable. The climate in Barsana is very extreme. During summers, the temperature rises and the atmosphere is very humid and uncomfortable. Between the months of July and September, heavy rains slash the city. Another popular time to visit Barsana is during the Holi festival in March when the town is thronged by tourists and devotees from around the world.
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Who should visit Barsana?

People who are intrigued about history and are spiritually inclined must visit this beautiful city.

What is the best way to reach Barsana?

Barsana is connected to most parts of the country through Mathura (45 km away) by regular trains and buses. Most of the tourists travel to Barsana through Vrindavan by self-drive car or taxi.
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