Jhulan Yatra (Swing Festival) is among the most auspicious festivals celebrated in the Vrindavana. It is also known as the swing festival. It is a festival to celebrate Radha Krishna’s pastime of swinging on a golden swing everyday until Balarama-purnima.
In the Shravana month, this festival is celebrated in the other states of India as well. In accordance with Srila Prabhupada’s instructions, ISKCON temples observe this festival for 5 days. This is such a wonderful day to celebrate the pastimes of Lord Krishna.
The Deities of Radha and Krishna are placed on an beautifully decorated swing in the temple hall. After receiving the traditional arati worship, the Deities are pushed on their swing. Swing is decorated with all types of flowers and different creepers and leaves to give a feel as if the swing has appeared directly from Vrndavan, the holy place of Lord Krishna. On the day, devotees work hard and put their heart and soul to make this festival a blissful sight for the visitors.
In the evening, members of the congregation come to the temple to participate in the festival. Each person offers personal prayers, and then pushes the swing several times while ecstatic Kirtan is going on simultaneously. The atmosphere in the temple is exciting and jubilant as everyone gets a chance to offer an intimate service to Radha and Krishna. A completely devotional mood is built up with melodious kirtans.