Jala Krida

Jala Krida

This festival is celebrated during the summer season to give Radha and Krishna a cool and refreshing experience in the midst of scorching heat. As summer sets in India with full severity, heat starts creeping into nooks and corners on all spaces of life. As its intensity increases, bodies melt and temperaments get distorted. In such times, devotees of Krishna feel restless with thoughts of this heat troubling Radha and Krishna also. Thus, to rescue them from this heat, they take them out for Jal Krida, water sports. Small deities of Radha and Krishna are taken amidst water surrounded with fountains; cool wind carrying water droplets blows and makes them wet.

This sight of Radha Krishna enjoying waters and cool wind relieves all the devotees of scorching summer heat. Tasting the wind that comes after touching Radha Krishna gives a pleasure of life time to everyone surrounding them. It’s a testimony how quickly Lord reciprocates with his devotees. Otherwise, where will we find that people are soaking some metal idols with water to free themselves from heat? This is a spiritual incident that goes beyond logical understandings.

In Radha Gopinath Temple, The deities are taken to Vrindavan Forest in the temple premises. It’s a small replica of the Vrindavan forest in North India, but its ambience has the same soul-stirring experience as in Vrindavan. It is nothing else but the mercy of Radhanath Swami who has inspired and personally guided the making of this forest. As one enters, the leaves of Madhu Malati creeper brush the body. Brushing the leaves aside as one makes his way into the forest, one is immediately captivated by the view of the beautiful pond with lotuses. Standing in the middle of the pond is a diorama of Krsna-Kaliya, reminding one of River Yamuna. As one moves ahead the forest’s circular path, one can view prototypes of some of the ancient temples of Vrindavan built by great devotees, who were devout followers of Lord Caitanya. Radha and Krishna are taken to scentic spot and are surrounded with fountains as cool winds carrying water droplets give them soothing experience.