The Jhulan Festival is celebrated in the month of Shravana (August), from the eleventh day of the bright fortnight (Ekadashi) to the full-moon day (Purnima). This festival is celebrated to commemorate the childhood pastimes of Sri Krishna with His friends, the young cowherd boys and girls, swinging underneath the trees. 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 a Divine couple of Radha and Krishna on Their swing. On the last day of the Jhulan, on the Purnima (full moon) comes Lord Balarama’s appearance day festival.
Hare Krishna Mandir
Every day the Deities of Sri Sri Radha Madhav are adorned with various jewellery and gently swayed on a swing decorated profusely with flowers. The main temple hall is decorated beautifully with flowers and festoons. The Deities of Sri Madhav and Srimati Radha Rani are adorned in brilliance and placed in a Jhulan (swing) decorated with a variety of beautiful flowers. A special arati is offered to the Deities accompanied by sweet kirtans sung by devotees. After the arati, devotees get an opportunity to sway the swing and offer direct personal service to Their Lordships.
The celebrations conclude with the Deities entering the shayana room to take a rest. Here is an opportunity for you to serve the Divine Couple and receive Their blessings. Sponsor the flowers and decorations of the festival.