Jhulan Yatra, or swing festival, is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is also an important festival in Lord Jagannath temples, especially in Puri. In 2016, Jhulan Yatra date is August 14. The festival begins on August 14, 2015 and ends on August 18, 2016. It is observed in the Shravan month and begins on the Pavitra Ekadashi in the waxing phase of the moon and continues till Sawan Purnima.
In some temples, the Jhulan Yatra festival is observed only for a day. In some temples on all five days from Ekadashi to Poornima.
Jhulan Yatra is Lord Krishna’s swing festival and on this day devotees place an idol of
Krishna or Lord Jagannath on a lavishly decorated swing. The swinging of the Lord is accompanied by dance and music. In Vrindavan and in ISKCON temples, an idol of Goddess Radha is also placed along with Krishna.
This festival is inspired from the numerous pastimes of Lord Krishna in Vrindavan. The festival takes place during the monsoon season.
The festival is not a mere ritual but a message from Lord Krishna to be with Nature. To enjoy the seasons – swing on a swing in the cool breeze of monsoon. The only way to understand
Krishna is by understanding Mother Nature.