Jhulan Yatra will be celebrated in 2021 from 18 August to 22 August. It is a Hindu religious festival that is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Lord Jagannath.
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|18 to 22 August 2021||Wednesday to Sunday||Many States|
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Jhulan Yatra Celebrations:
It is celebrated with great pomp and gaiety in the cities of Mathura and Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh as well as in Mayapur in West Bengal where the world headquarters of ISKCON is situated. The Jhulan Yatra is also celebrated in Lord Jagannath temples and ISKCON temples across the country. Devotees from all around the world and the country congregate in these temples to celebrate the festival.
This is a festival of swings that is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Shravan, which runs from July to August in the Gregorian calendar. It commences on the waxing phase of the moon (11th day of Shukla Paksha) and ends on the day of the full moon (Shravan Poornima).
Jhulan Yatra festival celebrates the games played by Lord Krishna in Vrindavan during his youth where it was believed that he used to play on the swings with his consort, Radha, and their friends, the ''gopis'' and ''gopas''.
During this festival, beautifully decorated swings are created, often made of gold or silver, on which is placed an idol of Lord Krishna or Lord Jagannath. An idol of Goddess Radha is also placed beside it. The swing is swung from side to side to the accompaniment of music and dancing by the devotees. Devotional hymns and songs dedicated to Lord Krishna are sung by devotees. Special food offerings are bought to the deity as well as special ''aarti'' is performed.
While some temples observe the Jhulan Yatra festival only for one day, in other temples it is observed from the day of Ekadashi to the day of Purnima, which runs for five days in the Shravan month.
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