Jhulan Yatra is a swing festival observed in the month of Shravan Month (July – August) and is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Lord Jagannath. Jhulan Yatra 2017 (dates) is from August 3 to August 7. Jhulan Jatra is an important festival in
. The festival begins on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Shravan month and ends on Shravan Poornima (full moon). Lord Jagannath Temple
Jhulan Yatra festival is observed only for a day in majority of temples. In some temples, it is observed on all five days from Ekadashi to Purnima. The festival is also a major event in ISKCON Temples.
Jhulan Yatra festival is inspired from Lord Krishna’s pastimes in Vrindavan. It is believed that Lord Krishna, Radha and other Gopis and Gopas used to swing in the monsoon season in Vrindavan.
During the festival and idol of Lord Krishna is placed on a decorated swing. The swinging takes place along with music and dance. In some temples Lord Krishna is seen along with an idol of Radha.
A similar festival is observed by Lord Swaminarayan sect from Ashad Purnima to Shravan Poornima and is known as Hindola.