The Braj Foundation successfully organised the 125 years old Sanjhi Art Mela at Brahma Kund, Vrindavan in 2015 and it continues to be celebrated every year during Pitra Paksh. Many artists display their works in this Mela and an exhibition on the history of Sanjhi art is also put up. The artists are encouraged to participate in a Sanjhi art competition also. The people of Braj, specially Vrindavan were overwhelmed by this gesture of TBF. In 2015, the MP from Mathura, Mrs. Hema Malini gave certificates to the participants on the last day of the Mela. She complimented, the efforts of Braj Foundation in reviving the lost glory of Braj.
The term Sanjhi is derived from the Hindi word sandhya, the period of dusk with which the art form is typically associated. The art depicts Indian mythological stories in numerous forms, with predominant focus on Krishna's Leela. Known for its inherent spiritual implications that reach beyond immediate aesthetic appeal, Sanjhi art is considered to be one of the finest arts of spiritual expression. Sanjhi art is the traditional art of stencil cutting from Mathura, the land of Krishna. The art grew in the 16th and 17th centuries, when the walls and floors of temples were decorated with Sanjhi motifs.
As per the folklore the origin of this art started by Radha, who made Sanjhi rangolis using natural colors, along with flowers, leaves and colored stones, to woo Krishna. The Gopis soon followed suit, also making intricate designs to impress Krishna.
The festival of Sanjhi coincides with the shraddha ritual performed in honour of dead relatives, performed in the Hindu month of Ashwin (September) during the dark fortnight marked as Pitra-Paksh.
In 1880 British District Collector of Mathura Mr. F. S. Growse, wrote in his book ‘Mathura: A District Memoir’ that a grand Sanjhi art mela use to be held annually during Shradh Paksh at the historic Brahma Kund. Unfortunately it got lost from human memory for the last 125 years because Brahma Kund itself became ruins. Since we have beautifully restored Brahma Kund, we think it is our moral duty to revive this age old tradition as well. Since 2015, this year too, we are organizing a grand Sanjhi mela from 7 – 10 Sept 2017 at Brahma Kund Vrindavan (Mathura) in association with UP Govt.
Located on the Northern Periphery of Rangnath Temple, in the heart of Vrindavan and is very easy to reach. While coming from the Yamuna Expressway when you hit the famous Attalla Chungi please take a right turn and head towards Rangji Temple and you reach Brahma Kund. While coming from NH2 you will have to come upto the Prem Mandir and turn right to take the flyover of Chaitanya Vihar which merges in the Mathura Vrindavan Road and from there you take a left turn towards the Rangji Temple.
Please come with family to Vrindavan and enjoy the bliss of this transcendental folk art tradition of Braj. For more information you may contact us at +91-9927337111/7222/7333.
The Braj Foundation, engaged in restoring the cultural and heritage values of the Braj region, brought to life in the month of August 2015, the famous Kaliya Naag temple lying in the state of neglect for centuries, in the village of Jait. Earlier, the Nag Panchami festival celebrated by organizing mela, attracted over 15,000 villagers from surrounding areas.