Magnificent Jhulan Yatra Inspires Devotion
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.
Lord Krishna and his consort Sri Radha and along with the gopis (cowherd girls) and gopas (cowherd boys) swing in the monsoon season in Vrindavan with music and dance.
At ISKCON Juhu, the five-day Jhulan Yatra is celebrated from 29 July to 2 August 2012. Utsav murtis of Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari were placed on a flower bedecked swing in the beautifully decorated temple courtyard. 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.
A team of 40 people including carpenters and flower decorators work tirelessly to change the decorations and themes on regular basis. More than 1000 kgs of fresh and fragrant flowers are used for flowers decorations which depicted pastimes of Sri Sri Radha Krishna on the swing, Lord Krishna as a baby eating butter and Sri Sri Krishna Balaram in Vrindavan over the five-day festival.
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.