Radha Govinda Jhulan Yatra Mahaotsava takes place within the month of Sravana from Ekadashi until Baralama Purnima. Radha Govinda are deities of abideya or the method of devotional service. The competition is a particular alternative for the devotees to render some private service to Them. Service is the medium to precise our love for the Lord. This competition is much like Ratha Yatra the place the Deities come down from the altar to obtain service from everybody.
In Vrindavan, each temple celebrates this pastime throughout the previous few days of Sravana. Krishnadas Kaviraja Goswami describes this pastime in his Govinda Lilamrita. The Gopis had organized for this swing competition within the mid-day close to Lalita Kunda, which is near Radha Kunda. Two bakul timber lean over to kind a cover on the highest. The gopis enhance the swing, which hung from the branches of the bakul tree. They enhance the lotus-shaped swing with lovely cushions on the facet and again in opposition to the jeweled backrest, flowers, creepers, emeralds, cintamani stones illuminating the ambiance. Different gopis take turns to push the swing and a few pull it with ropes. Govindaji enjoys this pastime very a lot as a result of Srimati Radharani turns into fearful after they swing it very quick and generally embraces Him overcoming Her shyness. The gopis derive immense happiness giving pleasure to the divine couple. They fan Their Lordships with camara fan, provide arati, betel nuts. The swift breeze carries away all of the fatigue of the new and humid wet day.
Unlike Vrindavan, the competition right here lasts for seven days, the place the Deities of Madan Mohanji, Laksmi, and Vishwadhatri are swung by the devotees on a embellished wood swing from the tenth day of the sunshine fortnight to the primary day of the darkish moon.
Jhulan Yatra, Puri, Odisha
In a letter to Jayapataka Swami on August 1, 1969, Srila Prabhupada wrote: “Regarding the Jhulana-yatra ceremony, throughout these 5 days the Deities’ clothes must be modified every single day, and there must be good prasadam distribution and sankirtana so far as doable. If you’ll be able to do it, a pleasant throne could also be constructed on which the Deities will be positioned. This throne could also be swung gently throughout kirtana. That can be excellent, and certainly the Deities will benefit from the operate.”
Following this instruction, in numerous ISKCON facilities world wide, Radha Krishna deities are introduced off of the altar and positioned on a fantastically embellished swing. They are supplied arati and numerous paraphernalia. Devotees obtain the chance to brighten the Deities, Jhulan (swing), sing, dance, provide bhoga, and pull the swing! Some temples additionally observe a pot-breaking competition on the night of Balaram Purnima. Watch it here.