Jhulan Yatra Festival Celebrated in West Bengal


Jhulan Yatra or the Swing Festival is observed in the Sravan month.It begins on the pavitra Ekadashi and is generally observed for five days until Sravan Purnima. Read this article to know about the festival Jhulan Yatra. You will certainly enjoy reading it.

Julan Yatra is a festival to celebrate Radha Krishna's pastime of swinging on a golden swing everyday until Purnima. In 2011 Jhulan Yatra is on August 9. There are several temples where this yatra is observed for longer or shorter duration.
This festival is not a mere ritual. Besides commemorating the divine love of Lord Krishna and Radha, it also celebrates the love of the devotees towards them. It is believed that Sri Krishna is the ultimate enjoyer and that he only arranges several situations where he could incorporate his different parts and parcels into his service which is regarded as the natural condition of human beings in the spiritual environment.

During the festival Sri Krishna and Radha meet in the sylvan woods of Vrindavan, where the sakhis have prepared a gorgeous flower-bedecked jhula hanging from the high branches of a tall kadamba tree. The long golden ropes are entwined with jasmine and madhavi creepers and various fragrant flowers.
Shyamsundar pulls Radha onto the swin next to him or sometimes he jumps onto the swing unexpectedly causing her to start in surprise. The Sakhis toss flowers on the Divine couple and offer aarti to them. They serve sweet scented paan, garlands and spray cool rose water. For the pleasure of Sri Radha and Krishna, the sakhis sing sweet jhulan songs accompanied by musical instruments.
The jhulan yatra is not simply a ritual but a divine message from the Lord Krishna to be one with nature. In order to enjoy the monsoon season one needs to swing on a swing in the charming and cool monsoon breezes.
Jhula Yatra is celebrated with fervour in Vrindavan, Mathura, Orissa and in various Lord Krishna temples across India.


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