In India, the month of Shravana(July-Aug), being the beginning of the rainy season is most pleasurable. The atmosphere is surcharged with cool breezes and lush green fields. This month is also considered auspicious and sacred. Taking advantage, the devotees try to enhance the pleasure of Lord Krishna and Srimati Radharani by conducting a swing festival for Them.
In Sridham Vrindavan the swing festival is celebrated, since time immemorial, in all temples with great love and pomp.
Srila Prabhupada once said
“Regarding Jhulana yatra Ceremony, during these five days the Deities’ clothing should be changed every day, and there should be nice Prasadam distribution and Sankirtana as far as possible. If you are able to do it, a nice throne may be constructed on which the Deities can be placed. This throne may be swung gently during Kirtana. That will be very good, and surely the Deities will enjoy the function.” (A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.1st Aug 1969. Letter to Jayapataka Swami)
Following the instructions of Srila Prabhupada the Jhulan festival will be celebrated in Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir with great jubilation. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic outbreak the festival will be celebrated with all precautions and everyone from all over the world can participate online.
The Jhulan Festival is celebrated in the month of Shravana for five days from the eleventh day of the bright fortnight (Ekadashi) to the full-moon day (Purnima). Throughout these five days from 30th July 2020 to 3rd Aug 2020, the Deities of Sri Radha and Sri Vrindavanchandra will be offered special bhoga and adorned with various jewelleries and gently swayed on a swing decorated profusely. A special arati will be offered to the Deities accompanied by sweet kirtans sung by devotees. After the arati, all visiting devotees get an opportunity to sway the swing and offer direct personal service to Their Lordships.
Interested devotees can donate for this wonderful celebration and receive special blessings.