People are using natural colours made of flower petals and mustard oil instead of kerosene oil to kindle the earthen lamps this Holi.
"Instead of using chemical colours, petals of Bhutea Frondosa (commonly known as tesu) and flowers of Weeping Nyctanthes (Harsingar) are used in Holi celebration in temples, Lathamaar Holi of Barsana, Holi of Vrindaban and Huranga of Baldeo," Dr S C Saxena, a retired Professor, CSA University said.

The colours are not only eco-friendly but have also got medicinal value, he said.
"While Tesu is anti-allergic and prevents attack of smallpox, Harsingar has soothing affect on dry body," Saxena noted.
In Dwarkadhish temple, Tesu is used in liquefied form for the festival of colors. The same is sprinkled by syringes on devotees.
"Since child Krishna is worshipped in this temple, lukewarm liquidised Tesu is used in Holi at the temple," Rakesh Tewari, Public Relations officer said.

Sandalwood paste and natural flowers are used to play the festival in Daan Ghati Temple in Goverdhan.
"Sandalwood paste is smeared on forehead of devotees and the flowers are given as prasadam (offering)," the priest of the temple Acchu Lal Kaushik informed.
The festival is celebrated in more unique ways at Jatwari and Falen villages in the district.

"While in Jatwari village, the priest of Prahlad Temple walks through the high-rising flames of bonfire, in Falen the priest walks through the hot embers of Holi without being burnt," Dr Ram Het, former Pradhan of Jatwari village said.
Kaushik concluded that during Charkula dance, where dancing women put lamps on their heads, only eco-friendly mustard oil is used to kindle 108 earthen lamps.

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