Radha and Krishna

Anisur Rahman

Radha and Krishna

Anisur Rahman

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    Radha and Krishna were archetypal lovers. Here is an an interesting story about them. On being poisoned by the breast milk of Putana, Krishna got a dark skin colour and was disappointed with his swarthy appearance. He thought that because of his skin colour, Radha, the fair-skinned one, and other girls of her kind would not like him. To soothe her disappointed son, his mother, Yashoda, advised him to approach Radha and colour her skin the way he liked. Krishna followed the advice and went to Radha to playfully colour her in his own skin colour so that both of them looked alike. By this naughty act, both Radha and Krishna, the exemplary lovers, developed a spiritual bond with each other. Thus the colouring of Radha’s skin to match Krishna’s skin colour became a way of celebrating Holi as well. As such, Holi became a festival of colours which brought the lovers together. Since Krishna grew up in Braj, Holi acquired a special significance and meaning in this region where it is celebrated for five more days which is known as Rangpanchami.

    Radha and Krishna were archetypal lovers. Here is an an interesting story about them. On being poisoned by the breast milk of Putana, Krishna got a dark skin colour and was disappointed with his swarthy appearance. He thought that because of his skin colour, Radha, the fair-skinned one, and other girls of her kind would not like him. To soothe her disappointed son, his mother, Yashoda, advised him to approach Radha and colour her skin the way he liked. Krishna followed the advice and went to Radha to playfully colour her in his own skin colour so that both of them looked alike. By this naughty act, both Radha and Krishna, the exemplary lovers, developed a spiritual bond with each other. Thus the colouring of Radha’s skin to match Krishna’s skin colour became a way of celebrating Holi as well. As such, Holi became a festival of colours which brought the lovers together. Since Krishna grew up in Braj, Holi acquired a special significance and meaning in this region where it is celebrated for five more days which is known as Rangpanchami.

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