‘Jhulan Yatra’ or the Swing festival of Radha Krishna is being celebrated at ISKCON Mayapur in West Bengal’s Nadia district with fervour and gaiety by a large number of devotees.
The festival, which began on Sunday and will continue till August 18, also marks the appearnce day of Sri Balaram.
Young devotees along with students of the Gurukula at Mayapur have been organising this festival for the last 30 years.
As a part of the festivities every evening the youth brigade carry the idols of Radha Krishna on a palanquin to a platform, over a lake, where the Lord is seated on a beautifully decorated swing.
During the five-day-long celebrations, the road to the site is illuminated and stories on Lord Krishna’s life in Vrindavana is staged by the devotees.
On the final day, the divine appearance day of Lord Balrama, elder brother of Lord Krishna will be observed.
On this day devotees perform Maha Abhishek, Maha Arti and present kirtan as it is believed till one pleases Lord Balarama one cannot receive the mercy of Radha Krishna.