During times of Shree Krishna, Radha and other friends used to take baby Krishan to the parks of Gokul and Vrundavan. They used to cradle him on swings decorated with flowers and would derive great pleasure from playing and gesticulating with him in this way. It is from then, and in remembrance of this episode of Shree Krishna's life, that the festival of hindola was initially celebrated each year.
Jeevanpran Swamibapa analogises;
"We all want God's mercy and divine happiness to remain ever blossoming within our souls. But for this to happen, we must cultivate a garden in our souls, a garden of mahimaa (glory); i.e. we must understand and appreciate God's magnificence. In this garden, we must plant huge trees of gnaan (knowledge); i.e. we must have knowledge of God's greatness. Only then can we tie swings, swings of prem (love) in our hearts, so that we can gently rock the ever-merciful Lord upon them, forever. And to that swing, we must tie a string, a string of sneh (affection), with which we can lovingly cradle our beloved Lord."
Sants and devotees used to build decorative hindolas on which to swing Lord Swaminarayan and please Him. In remembrance of these occasions, this important practice is still alive today at Shree Swaminarayan Gadi. Devotee skillfully design and create magnificent hindolas upon which to seat Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa during the month long festival.
From Ashad Vad 2, 2064 to Shravan Vad 2, 2064 Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa will be seated upon magnificent hindolas. Images of hindolas will be updated on regular basis which can be viewed under this section.