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Gaudiya Mission’s Jhulan Yatra: a celebration of Radha Krishna

Posted on: July 29, 2020 Posted By: Admin

What is Jhulan Yatra?

Guadiya Mission’s upcoming event, the Jhulan Yatra for Radha Krishna is one of the most spectacular festivals of the year for devotees. Usually celebrated in the monsoon and cherished by many, this celebration of Radha Krishna honours one of his favourite past-times. This hobby is of RadhaKrishna swinging on a golden swing, which his devotees beautify and decorate in their honour during Jhulan Yatra. Jhulan Yatra is an incredible festival that springs from the celebration of Radhe Krishna’s idyllic past-time. It is inspired by their time spent swinging together on the pastoral garden grounds of Vrindavan, where they and their friends, usually cowherds also known as ‘Gopis’ would enjoy the comfortable and cool monsoon weather. The celebration is therefore brought about by the love that they have for each other, as they sit on a swing together and swing back and forth, the celebration itself these days entails the followers carefully pushing the swing while taking turns to do so. The romantic love between RadheKrishna and the rainy weather of the monsoonseason, result in the beauty of the festival as one of the most important and most enjoyed festivals of the year. A quote that perfectly describes the love and devotion of Radhe Krishna is from the text Ananda Vrindavana Champu that defines the colourful festival as "the perfect object of meditation for those desiring a taste of devotion."

When do we celebrate Jhulan Yatra?

This is the third most famous festival for the followers of Radha Krishna (the Vaishnavas) that is celebrated during the rainy season or monsoon month of Shravan, after Holi and Janmashtami. On the traditional calendar this festival is usually celebrated during the months of July and August although there is no fixed or specific date. The rainy season adds to the beauty of the Radha Krishna event as the rain is characteristic of love and romance, amplifying the celebration of Radha Krishna’s love for each-other.

Why do we celebrate Jhulan Yatra and what happens during the festival?

Radha Krishna’s Jhulan Yatra festival is romanticized for its aesthetic appeal, only emphasized by the rain and decorative nature. It is widely known around the world for its grand portrayal, its beautiful sights and its colourfulness. It is also a treat for the eyes as it features singing, dancing and decorated swings, that is enjoyed by all.

Radha Mahadava is adorned beautifully and set atop the swing, while all the devotees are patiently waiting to swing them. Here, the swing usually known as Jhulanais decorated delicately with beautiful flowers, beads of many colours, etc. To pull the swing a particular type of flower rope is used. After Radha Krishna have been seated on the swing and the devotees have worshipped them in turns (usually bringing a variety of Bhoga), an Arotik is performed.

The origin of the Jhulan Yatra festival

The Gaudiya Mission brings to you the romance and rain of Radha Krishna this monsoon- to truly understand the festival, we must understand its origins. The Juhlan Yatra festival comes from the old grand legends and literature of Krishna. These are all important famous religious texts, some of which are:

• The Bhagvata Purana – this is a sacred and revered text in Vaishnavism, a book that consists of the worships of Lord Vishnu

• TheHarivamsa – also known as the Harivamsa Purana, this text actually is the story of Hari, specifically his lineage.

• The Gita Govinda–this religious text describes the friendship between Krishna and the gopis in the Vrindavana, specifically one Gopi, Radha.

The celebration of Jhulan yatra in Mathura, Vrindavan and Mayapur

The most famous places in India to celebrate the love of Radha Krishna in the beautiful festival that the Gaudiya Mission revels in, the Jhulan Yatra festival, are Mathura, Vrindavan and Mayapur. Jhulan Yatra is celebrated during a thirteenth day period. During the Hindu month of Shravan, from the third day of the bright fortnight until the full moon of the month, usually known as Shravan Purnima and tends to coincide with the Raksha Bandhan festival. Throughout the world, thousands of devout worshippers’ flock to the holy cities ofMathura, Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh and Mayapur in West Bengal to experience and worship during the Monsoon months of July and August. This being the result of Radha Krishna’s long time love.

The Festival and tradition

The revered idols of Radhe Krishna are placed on beautifully adorned and heavily decked swings which are taken out from the altar which are often made from silver and or gold. There are even specific places or temples where the celebration occurs. These temples are:

• Vrindavan’s Banke Bihari Temple and Radha Ramana Temple

• Mathura’s Dwarkadhish temple

These are some of the biggest and most famous places of which this incredible Radha Krishna festival is celebrated in majestic style.


In Gaudiya Mission’s colourful celebration of this transcendental love, we gather this monsoon to celebrate the love of Radha Krishna in the beautiful and revered festival of Jhulan Yatra. Jhulan Yatra is a glorious and beautiful festival of Bagbazar Gaudiya Math.

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