One of the most boisterous of Indian festivals, Holi, was recently celebrated in Mathura, the home town of Lord Krishna.
GV Nand Baba Temple
GV Religious ceremony -- women chasing men down street
GV Women hitting men with batons and men defending with shields (3 shots)
(On the following day) GV Devotees throwing coloured powder onto procession in street (2 shots)
GV Procession along street with men's shirts ripped and men being whipped by women (6 shots)
GV Men throwing coloured water at women
GV PAN Procession
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Background: One of the most boisterous of Indian festivals, Holi, was recently celebrated in Mathura, the home town of Lord Krishna.
Devotees from various parts of the world joined the locals in their colourful celebrations.
Fun and gaiety characterise the spring festival when Indian women evidently cast off their meekness and chase their men around, rip off their shirts and whip them with batons.
This tradition was handed down since the birth of the festival from the women of the Barsana village which is 26 miles (42 kilometres) from Mathura -- the legendary home of Radha, consort of Lord Krishna.
The women formed groups and went out to challenge men who warden them off with coloured powder and coloured water. This is still practised.