In a bid to celebrate Shravan Jhula Utsav in its spirit and devotion, a silver Jhula (swing) has been installed for seating Lord Ram at Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya.
Taking to the micro-blogging site, Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra said in Ayodhya;"In Ayodhya, there is a tradition of Shravan Jhula Utsav. From Shravan Shukla Tritiya till Purnima, Bhagwan Shri Ram gives darshans on a jhula. Now this 21 kg Silver Jhula has been put in the seva of Bhagwan." The post further explained that from Shravan Shukla Tritiya till Purnima, Bhagwan Shri Ram gives darshans on a 'jhula'.
Jhula Utsav in Ayodhya is celebrated traditionally on the fifth day of the Shravan month every year. This festival is held from the third day of the second half of the Shravan month. The idols from the temples are taken out in a grand procession while being placed on swings. However, the local administration ordered a partial closure of temples. It has also advised temple committees not to allow pilgrims to stay in shrine premises and barred bathing at the Saryu ghats.
As per various media reports, pilgrims who have been visiting the holy city for the festival, their evacuation process has also started. Only those carrying a negative report issued over 24 hours would be allowed entry into the holy city.