Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Hindola Mahotsav - 2019
Every year, during the monsoon months of Ashadh and Shravan (July - August) the havelis and nandalays in India and abroad are awash with devotion. The arrival of the Hindola Utsav during these months usher a new breeze of bhakti and festivity in the havelis of India and abroad. For one whole month, the chal (mobile) murti of the Lord is placed in a hindola and pulled to and fro with a string. The Kirtanias and devotees sing the hindola kirtans with the accompaniment of the mrudang and cymbals. The mandir ambience is charged with the sound and fragrance of bhakti. The festival finds its origin in the streets of Vrundavan 5000 years ago where the Gopis rocked Lord Krishna on a decorated swing. Ever since, to experience the divine joy of rocking the mighty Lord in a small swing, the hindola festival became the focus of devotion.