In Pics: India celebrates colourful festival of Holi

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New Delhi, March 17: The 'festival of colours' Holi was on Monday was celebrated across the India with great fervour. People of all age groups greeted each other by applying gulal and colours and distributing sweets.

The most sought after sweet delicacy on Holi is "Gujiya".

In the national capital Delhi, men and women drenched one another with colour. Young revellers sprayed water guns and flung balloons filled with water at each other and even at strangers.

In Vrindavan, the land of Lord Krishna, temples were enveloped in colourful clouds of gulal. Saffron colour made from fragrant flowers was sprinkled on the devout. The central point of celebrations was the Bankey Bihari temple.

Politicians also used the Holi festival to connect with voters.

In Mathura, the whole stretch from Holi Gate to the Dwarkadheesh temple witnessed Holi fervour. People threw colours and gulal as they greeted one another with the customary three-time Holi hug.

In Agra, foreign tourists watched the Holi revellers with awe and curiosity.

In Bihar, revellers gathered around shops at the Dak Bungalow roundabout in Patna for the customary 'thandai' and 'paan'. Ripe tomatoes were thrown at each other, with colours also being used as there were dances to catchy Holi songs.

In Maharashtra, a riot of colours engulfed Mumbai and other parts as people celebrated Holi with joy and gaiety, braving a sudden warm spell in the atmosphere.

In Odisha, Holi revellers smeared colour powder on each other and offered greetings in Bhubaneswar and other parts of the state.

Militancy-affected Manipur also celebrated the colourful festival of Holi with much pomp and show.

With the Lok Sabha polls only weeks away, even politicians used the Holi festival to connect with voters.

Here are the colourful pictures of how the festival of Holi was celebrated:

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh celebrates festival of colour Holi

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh celebrates festival of colour Holi at his residence in New Delhi on Sunday.

Sonia Gandhi celebrates with party leaders on the occassion of 'Holi'

Congress President Sonia Gandhi celebrates with party leaders on the occassion of 'Holi' in New Delhi on Monday.

Sonia Gandhi celebrates 'Holi'

Congress President Sonia Gandhi celebrates with party leaders on the occassion of 'Holi' in New Delhi on Monday.

Sri Sri Ravishankar with his followers takes part in Holi celebrations

Art of Living guru Sri Sri Ravishankar with his followers takes part in Holi celebrations in Lucknow on Sunday.

Celebrates Holi at party's President Rajnath Singh residence

BJP party workers celebrates Holi at party's President Rajnath Singh residence in New Delhi on Monday.

Rajnath Singh playing Nagara during the celebrates Holi

BJP President Rajnath Singh playing Nagara during the celebrates Holi at his residence in New Delhi on Monday.

India celebrates colourful festival of Holi

New Delhi: People celebrates Holi in New Delhi on Monday.

A boy play with water during Holi celebrations

A boy play with water during Holi celebrations in New Delhi on Monday.

Ram Vilas Paswan with his wife and son Chirag Paswan celebrating 'Holi'

Lok Janshakti Party president Ram Vilas Paswan with his wife and son Chirag Paswan celebrating 'Holi', at his residence in New Delhi on Monday.

BSF Personnel celebrate holi

Family members of BSF Personnel celebrate holi at STC in Humhama near in Srinagar on Monday.

People celebrate Holi

People celebrate Holi in Thane on Monday.

Holi Celebrations

Border Security Force of India personnel play the colors of Holi with the Pakistani's visitors as they cross the Indo/Pak border post of Attari near Amritsar on Monday.

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