Jhulan festival draws thousands

Jhulan GRSISKCON Juhu celebrated the Jhulan-yatra festival from 20- 24 August 2010 . The festival was conducted in the temple courtyard where a flower-bedecked ornate silver swing held the utsav-murti of Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari. This year the special highlight of the event was the presence of H.H. Giriraj Swami, who joined in the Jhulan festival after almost a decade. Life members, donors, devotees and hundreds of citizens of Mumbai  participated in the festivities and took the opportunity to personally swing the Lord.

The five-day festival showcased three outstanding themes in relation to the flower decoration. The first day displayed the peacock theme where the Utsav murti were dressed in gorgeous peacock outfits and two larger than life flower peacocks were placed on either side of the silver swing. The second theme recreated Vrindavan forest with flower baskets and lovable calves on either sides of the swing.

The flower decoration on the last day, which was also Balaram Appearance, recreated the temple courtyard into a fruit garden with several varieties of fruits hanging from the trees, over the swing and on the flower arches besides the swing.

Jhulan yatra, which is the most popular festival in the holy land of Vrindavan, is celebrated in the auspicious month of Sravana (July-Aug). The festival begins on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha (in Shravan) month and ends on Shravan Poornima (full moon). Shravan Poornima is also the appearance day of Lord Balaram.

Jhulan Yatra festival is inspired from Lord Krishna's pastimes in Vrindavan. 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.

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