Chandan Yatra marks the start of the summer season in Vrindavan and is celebrated for 21 days. The festival starts on Akshaya Tritiya and ends on the full moon day of Vaishakha month. During these days, Lord Krishna, Balram, Shree Shree Radha Shyamsundar and Gaur Nitai are adorned with sandalwood paste. This is because the month of vaishakha is hot and dry in India so the deities are smeared with Sandalwood paste to pacify the Their Lordship from the heat and dryness. Devotees take part in a procession where the deities are taken out of the temple and paraded on the streets.
At ISKCON Vijayawda, the Chandan Yatra festival is celebrated with great pomp and devotion. Devotees from all over the world gather to participate in kirtans, bhajans, and yajnas. The temple is beautifully decorated with flowers and lights. The atmosphere is filled with the fragrance of sandalwood paste and incense sticks.
The Chandan Yatra festival is not just a celebration but a spiritual journey that connects us with the divine. It is an opportunity to leave behind our worries and immerse ourselves in the love of God.