Vrindavan, 22nd August, 2015: Jhulanotsava, the festival of swinging, is being celebrated with fervor and gaiety across Vraja and Vrindavan. The deities of the various temples are seated on a swing and gently swung by the temple priests. The deities are giving darshan to their devotees from the majestic swings made of Gold, silver and wood. Even in the small households of Vrindavan the brajwasis and the devotees are celebrate the swing festival by getting their deities of Gopal ji and Radha Krishna seated on the ‘swing’ decorated in the alters . The deities are offered the sweet delicacies of Ghevar, feni, gujias, balooshahis etc.
The festival began with the Hariyali Teej, third day of the bright half of the month of Shravan, and will last till the full moon of Shravan, Raksha Bandhan. When most of the temples began celebrating the swing festival by placing the deities on the swings, some temples are yet to celebrate the festival. They will begin the Jhulanotsava from Ekadashi.
The ‘hindola’ made of gold in the Banke Bihari Temple was the major attraction on the first day as the devotees from the surrounding districts and the nearby towns thronged in the temple to have a glance of the majestic ‘hindola’.
The temples of Shri Radha Raman, Radha Ballabh, Radha Shyam Sundar, Radha Damodar, Radha Gokulananda, Radha Govinda, Radha Gopinath, Radha Madan Mohan are also drawing the crowd of devotees. Samaj Gayan and Kirtan is being organized according to the rainy season mood of Shravan.
For the festival of swinging, special verses are rendered in the temples, as the deities are seated on a swing and gently swung by the temple priests. The ras lila enacts the event of the Jhulan lila or play of swinging, that depicts the Divine Couple, swinging in the grove – a drama full of sweet emotions and loving sentiments.
Various Raas Lila troupes are performing the dance drama to represent all of the Lord’s activities or pastimes in different places of Vrindavan. Swami Fateh Krishna’s Raas Lila Mandali is performing the dance drama of Shri Krishna Lila and Gouranga Lila from the stage of Gambhira in Jai Singh Ghera under the auspices of Shri Caitanya Prema Samasthan.
Every raslila consists of an initial dance followed by a one act play based on any one of the multitude of Krishna’s lilas. The entire performance receives its name from its prior element, the ras, its most sacred component and its recurrent feature.