Dola Purnima or Dolaparva is one of the most celebrated festivals on Spring Season. It is also called as Basanta Utsav’ or spring festival in Odia .The full moon day of the month of Falgun is called the Dola purima. The procession begins on the tenth day of the Falgun Shuklapaksha Which is known as Dol Dashami or Fagu Dashmi.
Doljatra, often called as Dolyatra, is a regional public holiday in West Bengal, India. For Bengalis, Dola yatra has special significance because it commemorates the birthday of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a prominent 16th century Vaishnava saint and poet who is seen by some as Krishna’s incarnation. In Assam and Odisha, it is known as Dol Purnima. The day after the full moon is celebrated all over India and in Odisha as “Holi.” or ‘Festival of Colours’.
- 07.03.2023( Tuesday)-Dol Dashami or Fagu Dashmi.
- 11.03.2023 (Saturday)-Dolaprava or Dola Purnima
Significance of Dola Purmnima
Dola Purnima is based on the Krishna and Radha legend, in which Lord Krishna expresses his love for his beloved Radha on Doljatra day. Colored powder, like Holi, is a big element of the celebrations, and it’s called “phag” in Bengal and “Phagu” in Odisha.
How Dola Purnima is Celebrated
On the full moon day, the Thakurs are usually taken to a pavilion. The name of that mandapa is Dol mandapa. In some places the pilgrimage begins on the full moon day of the month of Faygun and is celebrated as a five-day procession for five days, while in other places the full moon day is called Rajdol as the last day of the festival.
According to mythology, Lord Krishna killed a demon. The people of Vrindavan were overjoyed at this and circled the city by placing Krishna on a plane or “Biman”. Since then, Dolaparva has been celebrated. Radhakrishna’s idol is taken to the door of almost every village in a small plane with great pomp.
Because idols of both Krishna and Radha are paraded on beautifully decorated palanquins “Palinki” that are swung about, the celebration is also known as the’swing festival.’ Men will spray coloured powder at the idols as women sing melodies.
At almost every distance, Thakurs are offered offerings, as well as Dakshinas. For the Thakurs, the bhoga offered in each hand is called the Dwari bhoga. Madanmohan and Lakshmi win at Dolabedi. It is very important in almost all the villages of Odisha, especially in the Brahmin regimes.
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