The two-day Braj festival in Rajasthan is held every year in the Shukla Paksha of the Phalgun month, a few days prior to Holi. This festival is dedicated to Lord Krishna who is believed to have spent a considerable amount of time in a region called Braj in Rajasthan. The festival is celebrated with pomp and ceremony in Deeg, Kaman and Bharatpur in the Bharatpur district.
This year the festival will be held from March 7-8. The Department of Tourism (DoT), Government of Rajasthan and the district administration of Bharatpur have organised attractive programmes for the duration of the event. The festival will begin with a ‘Nature Walk’ for children and bird fair, talk and seminar. This will be followed by a photography exhibition. Both events will be held at the Keoladeo National Park. Similarly, at the Deeg Palace, Rajasthani folk artistes will also perform. There will also be a colourful fountain show. This will be followed by Krishana Ballet Programme by Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra in New Delhi.
The photo exhibition will remain open to visitors on March 8 as well. On the same day, a cultural concert will host renowned singer, Kumar Sanu at MSJ Collage Ground in Bharatpur. On both the days, there will also be various rural sports, Kabaddi matches and tug of war and cricket played at the Lohagarh Stadium.
Similarly, at Kaman, various Holi festivals like Gulal Holi, Doodh-Dahi Holi, Laddu Holi, Phoolon ki Holi, Latthmar Holi will be organised at the Gokulchandrama, Madan Mohan Ji, Radha Ballabh Ji Temple and Gopi Nathji Temple. Along with the Latthmar Holi, a folk artist procession will also be organised from Gopi Nathji Mandir to Radha Ballabhji Temple. There will also be an evening cultural programme and fireworks display at Kot Upar Stadium.