Sri Sri Radha-Gopinatha’s Swing Festival
Friday 20th August to Tuesday 24th August 2010
Jhulan Yatra is a special festival where everyone gets to participate directly in serving in one of the eternal pastimes that Sri Sri Radha-Krishna and Their associates perform daily in Goloka Vrindavana. As recommended by Parasara Muni, in the Parasara Samhita, one should observe this festival every day, or at least from the day of Ekadasi to Balaram purnima. Radha and Krishna are offered the use of a swing for their personal pleasure in temples all over the world. This Jhulan festival gives everyone the very rare opportunity of serving Their Lordships personally, after the 7 o’clock arati each evening, by swinging Them gently. So get yourself down to the temple for the 7 o’clock arati on any night from the 20th to the 24th of August.
Jhulan is a wonderful event, with the swings in temples often highly decorated with forest creepers, jasmine and other flowers. There are streamers and garlands and other decorations. Sometimes they use a fine spray of rose water and direct it toward the Divine couple of Radha and Krishna on Their swing. In this way everyone is observing Jhulana-yatra and remembering the sweet pastimes of the Divine couple Sri Sri Radha and Krishna.
Today in Iskcon temples all over the world, by the mercy of his Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, all the devotees get the opportunity to come forward and, after purifying their hands assist in the direct personal service of their Lordships.
On the last day of the Jhulan, on the Purnima (full moon) is Lord Balaram’s appearance day festival.
Jhulan Yatra one of the most popular events in the holy town of Vrindavan, India – where Lord Krishna appeared 5,000 years ago. In Vrindavan, among the local villagers and inhabitants, this festival lasts for 13 days. In This is one of the biggest festivals of the year and Vrindavana is very crowded at this time, literally hundreds of thousands of people from surrounding towns and villages visit during this period in the auspicious sacred month of Shravana (July-Aug). Opulence or simplicity, everything is used in Vrindavan for the service of the Divine couple, so during this time you may see swings made simply, out of love, but often the swings are made of gold or silver.