The Legend of Radha-Krishna
Bal Krishna was very playful and mischievous. As a child, Krishna was extremely jealous of Radha’s fair complexion as he himself was very dark.
Well, there is also a legend to explain Krishna’s dark complexion. Once a demon named Pootna attempted to kill infant Krishna by giving him poisoned milk, which turned him blue.Krishna did not die but demon was finished.
One day, Krishna complained to his mother Yashoda about why Radha was so fair complexion and he so dark? To pacify Krishna Yashoda asked him to go and colour Radha’s face in whichever colour he wanted.
In a mischievous mood, Krishna applied colour on Radha’s face thus making her one like himself.
There have been numerous forms of paintings and murals with Radha and other gopis made alive in myriad forms.
Somehow, the lovable prank of Krishna where he applied colour on Radha and other gopis using water jets called pichkaris gained acceptance and popularity and evolved as a tradition into a full-fledged festival.
Use of colours and pichkaris is rampant in Holi. Lovers can’t wait to colour their beloveds face and express their affection for each other.
Holi is celebrated all over India, but particularly in Mathura, Vrindavan, Barsana and Nandgaon-the places associated with Krishna and Radha are famous for holi.