Dol Purnima

Dol Purnima

February-March; full moon day of Hindu month of Phalguna
The Dol Purnima festival is celebrated throughout India by followers of Krishna. It occurs on the same day as the birthday of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486-1534), also known as Gauranga, the 16th-century Vishnavite saint and poet of Bengal regarded as an incarnation of Krishna. It is therefore a significant festival for Hindus, who carry an image of Lord Krishna, covered with colored powder and placed in a swinging cradle, through the streets as they sing songs composed especially for the occasion.
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SOURCES:
BkFest-1937, p. 163
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 185
RelHolCal-2004, p. 184