India's festival of colour

19:08, Apr 03 2013
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Getting spray cans involved during Holi celebrations in Vrindavan, India.
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Hindu devotees play with colour during Holi celebrations at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, India.
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The tradition of playing with colours on Holi draws its roots from a legend of Radha and the Hindu God Krishna.
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There's no escape from it.
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A Hindu priest throws coloured powder at devotees.
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Defeated by the colour.
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Enjoying the fun in in Vrindavan.
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Taking a moment to pray.
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Taking a rest during the celebrations in the village of Nundgaon near Mathura.
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Getting into the swing of it in Nundgaon village, near Mathura.

Holi, the festival of colours, has been celebrated in a riot of colour across India.

The tradition of playing with colours on Holi draws its roots from a legend of Radha and the Hindu God Krishna.

It is believed that young Krishna was jealous of Radha's fair complexion since he himself was very dark.

After questioning his mother Yashoda on the darkness of his complexion, Yashoda, teasingly asked him to colour Radha's face in which ever colour he wanted.

In a mischievous mood, Krishna applied colour on Radha's face.

The tradition of applying color on one's beloved is being religiously followed till date.

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