From 7th to 10thAugust , ISKCON Pune will be celebrating Jhulan Yatra, Lord Krishna’s swing festival. During the festival, small Deities in the temple enjoy swinging on ornate swings.The small Utsav-vighraha Deities are taken from the altar and placed on an elaborately decorated swing in the temple room. After receiving the traditional arati worship, the Deities are gently pushed on Their swing. Everyone pushes the swing several times as the assembled devotees do melodious kirtans. The atmosphere of this festival is especially sweet as everyone has the chance to intimately serve Radha and Krishna.
This is a wonderful ceremonial function of Lord Krishna’s pastimes that reflects practically how we are to render service to the Lord for His pleasure.At the time of the Jhulan Yatra festival it is Monsoon in India and the air is thick, heavy and humid with the heat and the rains. This festival is meant to invoke loving servitude of the devotees for the Lord. Lord Sri Krishna is the Supreme enjoyer and doesn’t have to work hard like us in this world. Everything He does is pleasurable, and He organizes many situation in which He can incorporate us, His separated parts and parcels into His loving service which is our natural condition in the spiritual realm.
JhulanY atra has been inspired from the swing pastimes of Krishna and his consort Srimati Radharani in the idyllic pastoral groves of Vrindavan, where the divine lovers along with their cowherd friends and gopis took part in joyful swinging in the cool monsoon season.
Everyone is invited to get blessed by swinging the Lord from 6 to 8 pm.