Devotees swing Sri Sri Radha Rasabihariji and feel blessed
Jhulan Yatra, the most popular festival in the holy land of Vrindavan, is inspired from one of Lord Krishna’s pastimes there. It is celebrated in the auspicious month of Shravana (July-Aug). The festival begins on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha (in Shravana) month and ends on Shravan Poornima (full moon). Shravan Poornima is also the appearance day of Lord Balaram.
It is believed that Lord Krishna, Srimati Radha and their intimate Gopis and Gopas used to swing in the monsoon season in Vrindavan with music and dance.
At ISKCON Juhu, the seven-day Jhulan Yatra was celebrated from 9 – 15 August 2011. Thousands thronged the temple to participate in this beautiful festival, the one of the only time in the year when one can personally render direct service to the Lord.
Utsav murtis of Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari were placed on a flower bedecked swing in the beautifully decorated temple courtyard. The decorations and flowers were changed daily based on special themes. The devotees sang melodious kirtan for the pleasure of Their Lordships while visitors, life members, guests and congregation members waited patiently to pull the swing of the Lord. The vision of the Lord in all His finery enjoying this loving service was enchanting.
It was a wonderful festival where the devotees remembered the affectionate interactions of Sri Krishna with His devotees and felt blessed at their fortune to be able to engage in the intimate seva.