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.
Every day the Deities of Sri Radha Madhava are adorned with various jewelleries 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 Madhava 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 being taken in a palanquin around the temple hall and enter the shayana room to take rest.
During these periods, there are various seva opportunities to choose from, pick a personal seva to render to Their Lordship and get unlimited blessings of your seva.
Balaram Jayanti is on August 31st
“That Maha-Visnu who lies on the Causal Ocean is actually an expansion of Balarama, who is Krsna’s first expansion, and, in the Vrndavana pastimes, is the brother of Krsna. In the maha-mantra Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, the word Rama refers to Balarama. Since Nityananda is an expansion of Balarama, Rama also refers to Lord Nityananda. Thus, Hare Krsna, Hare Rama addresses not only Krsna and Balarama but Lord Caitanya and Nityananda as well.”
In Mayapur, Balaram Purnima is celebrated in a grand way. Also the culmination of the Jhulan festival adds grandeur to the festival. Small Sri Sri Radha -Madhava deities will swing in the Jhulan Mantap which is gorgeously decorated with flowers. Honey pot breaking festival also takes place with great pomp. Balaram Purnima also marks the beginning of Janmastami festival celebrations. Be a part of this festival by choosing any seva dear to your heart!
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There will be Adhivas on August 26th at 7pm in Radha Madhav Temple Hall.
The daily festival continues from August 27th until August 31st with below schedule:
4:45 pm - Deities brought out from Temple in procession with Kirtan
5:30 pm - Swinging of Sri Sri Radha Madhav Deities
6.00 pm - Sandhya aroti, Bhajans and Lamp offering
7.00 pm - Cultural Program
8.00 pm - Offering
8.30 pm - Bhajans continue (with swinging of Radha Govinda Deities)
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