India devotees celebrate Holi festival

Devotees smeared each other with colours, showered flower petals and women beat men with sticks. Some revellers gathered in northern Varanasi city at the 'ghats' or banks of the River Ganges, and played with ash and danced to the tunes of devotional songs to mark the festival.

Celebrated at the onset of spring, Holi holds a mythological importance - that of the triumph of good over evil. It is also associated with the eternal love of Hindu lord Krishna and Radha and a riot of colours.

Though Holi is a single day festival elsewhere in India, it is almost a 10-day affair in Mathura.