Jal Jhulni Ekadashi festival was celebrated in Jaipur temples with great enthusiasm and religious fervour on September 26. The festival is observed during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month and is dedicated to Sri Krishna.
IN JAIPUR, the main events were held at the famous Govind Devji and local Akshardham temple
. In rural Jaipur, at Gonare, the festival was celebrated with great pump and show. It was a pious, but joyful celebrating atmosphere at the temples, on roads and at the lakes of the city.
The popular belief behind the festival is that Shri Krishna took Gopis in Vrindavan for boating on Yamuna River on this day and in return demanded yoghurt. Keeping this in view, devotees donate and share yoghurt on the day as prasada.
Many temples in Rajasthan and Gujarat conduct special pujas and processions on the day. Also, known as Jal Zilani or Parivartini Ekadasi, it is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Udaipur, the lake city.
In Udaipur, on Jal Jhulani, a royal procession was carried out from City Palace destined to Rameshwar Ghat, where the idol of Krishna was bathed and worshiped. On this day, ‘Haathi ghoda palki, jai kanhaiya lal ki’, was the chant on every ones' lips.