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Join us for Jhulan Yatra and swing Radha Gokulananda!

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Every day, devotees come to the temple to offer some flowers and then swing Radha Gokulananda. The Vraja Dhama Mahimamrta, a series of beautiful verses describing the glories of Vraja Mandala is sung daily in the morning.

Do join us for this wonderfull celebration and swing Radha Gokulananda.

Tuesday 9th – Saturday 13th August, 7 AM

Jhulan Yatra

Starting on the ekadasi of waxing moon of Sridhara month, many temples in Vrndavana celebrate Krsna’s swing festival, some for one day, others for more days. Traditionally many of the Deities of the Lord wears various clothing with green in it over this period until the Balaram Purnima. Again it is a practical festive service that the devotees provide for the Lord. Monsoon is so humid, and the temperature is still so hot despite the cooling rains. With so much water coming from the sky, on the ground, and just about everywhere the last thing that anyone wants is more water to cool off. The opulence at this time is to find a breeze, as the air is heavy with the humidity of the rains. So the devotees arrange for the pleasure and satisfaction of Krishna, Balaram, and Srimati Radhika by placing them on a swing (Jhulan) and creating their own breeze from the motion.

It is a most pleasing and satisfying festival, with the swings often highly decorated with forest creepers, Jasmine (Malati) that has newly blossomed in the season, and streamers of garlands. Sometimes they use a fine spray of rose water and direct it toward the Divine couple of Radha and Krishna on Their swing.

Today in Iskcon temples all over the world by the mercy of his Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad all the devotees and the congregational members get the opportunity to come forward after purifying their hands and remember these loving interactions of Sri Krishna with His devotees, and also assist in the direct personal service of the Lord by applying themselves to pushing the swing.



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