Radha Ashtami: Birthday of Radharani

Radha, the mother of beauty, consort of Lord Krishna and forever an example of true, boundless and eternal love. This article will have all the information related to Radharani, her birth, her love for Lord Krishna and how this festival is celebrated beautifully all over India. 

This year Radha Ashtami is on the 13th of September, 15 days after Krishna Janmashtami. Radha Ashtami is celebrated in the Bhadrapada month on the Ashtami of Shukla Paksha. This is a grand event in Gahavar forest in Barsana, suburb of Mathura. Also in places like Braj, Vrindavan and Rawal the celebrations are just as grand as Janmashtami. 

Special pujas and rituals are performed on this day. Women observe fast to get the blessings of Radharani. Temples decorate the idols of Krishna and Radha most beautifully, devotees line up to get a glimpse of this marvel. 

Goddess Radha

Click here to find out the auspicious Muhurat time of the day to perform the puja on Radhastami - Shubh Muhurat 

Birth of Radharani


Goddess Radha was born to Vrishbhanu and Kirti. One legend says that Radha was the daughter of King Vrishbhanu, who found Radha as a baby when he was cleaning the floor for a yagna puja. While another legend says that, when Lord Vishnu was to take birth on earth as Lord Krishna, he asked his family to also take birth on earth. Hence Goddess Radha appeared on earth as eternal companion or lover to Lord Krishna. It is believed that Radha was older to Lord Krishna and that her eyes were closed until krishna appeared in front of her. So great is her love for Krishna. 

Radha: The Most Important Of The Gopis


Krishna And The Gopis

According to Skanda Purana there were about 16000 Gopis, of which 108 were the prominent ones. Out of the 108, 8 Gopis were the Principal ones and Radha the most important one of all. The names of the Gopis are Lalita, Visakha, Champakalata, Citra, Tungavidya, Indulekha, Rangadevi and Sudevi. It is believed that Goddess Radha’s love for Krishna was beyond anything mortal, her love for Krishna was immeasurable. Radha and Krishna were one and the same. This quality of hers has been proved in many legends, one of which is given below. 

To test the love of Radha for Krishna, his wives played a prank on her by giving her a hot glass of milk to drink. On hearing that the milk was sent by Krishna Radha drank it at once. The wives were astounded to see that Radha was perfectly fine even after drinking a boiling glass of milk. Their slight disappointed turned into tragedy when they saw Krishna suffering from ulcer in his throat as a result of the hot milk that radha drank. This incident proved everyone that Radha and Krishna are one and the same. So great was Radha’s love to Krishna that she drank the boiling milk and so great was Krishna’s love to Radha that he never will he let any pain touch her. 

Celebrating Radha Ashtami 


Radharani

The celebrations reach its peak in Rawal, the birthplace of Goddess Radha. The idol is bathed, decorated with new clothes and rare jewels. Large amount of milk, coconut, ghee and honey is used for the puja ceremonies which is later distributed to the devotees as prasad. Places like Vrindavan, Mathura and Braj have equally grand celebrations like the one in Rawal. 

May this festival bring you all the happiness and prosperity, and may you be showered with the blessings of Goddess Radharani.

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Lord Krishna: Janmashtami 2013

 Little Krishna
This year Krishna Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna is on the 28th of August 2013. This is a festival celebrated far and wide by everyone. One can say that he is one of the most loved, adored and earnestly worshipped God among Hindus. Lord Krishna's influence has reached beyond India, many westerners are also showing interest in knowing and following the Krishna path.

Lord Krishna's life can be summarized mainly into 3 parts; his birth and childhood days, his youth and his role in Mahabharata.

For a thorough summary of Lord Krishna's birth, click here - Krishna Janmashtami

Bal Gopal (Little Krishna): The Makhan Chor


Lord Krishna is the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who is the most powerful and also most popular avatar of Lord Vishnu. Krishna was the son of Vasudeva and Devaki, who was born as a reliever of the evil that had engulfed Mother earth. Soon after his birth, Lord Krishna was taken to a small village called Gokul where he was brought up as the son of Yashoda.

Later on, Lord Krishna slew all the demons who posed a threat to the people of earth. Some of the famous stories include, Killing of King Kamsa, his uncle and the ruler of Mathura; Killing of demon Putna , when he was only a baby, by sucking on her breast; Killing of Kali Nag who had poisoned River Yamuna and thus making it poison free.

Now, lets see the fun part of his childhood days. Lord Krishna was famous for being a mischievous child.

His love for butter and Indian sweets, especially Ladoos is known by everyone. Legend has it that, there has not been a day in Gokul when Krishna hasn't tried to steal butter and ladoos with the help of his trusted and equally mischievous brother Balaram and friends, much to Yashodha's worry to answer to the cries of all the neighbors' whose pots have been emptied of butter. His childhood days were spent as a cowherd, playing his mesmerising music with his flute and playing pranks on the Gopis and the people of Gokul.

For beautiful posters of this little God, click here - Krishna Posters and Wallpapers

Moving Onto The Youth & Handsome Krishna


Krishna who was famous for his charisma, valour and strength was loved and admired by one and all. He married Rukmini, the princess of Vidarbha and daughter of Bheemshaka. But a more popular and sought after story would be the story of Radha and Krishna. Even though Krishna ended up having wives, the love of Radha and the Gopika's for Krishna is regarded as the most purest.

There are many stories to back this above sentence. Once Narada asked Krishna why he considered Radha's love more pure than his wife Rukmani's. To this Krishna answered , the love of Rukmini is as a wife, who loves and worships her husband, who expects the same love and which can be paid back by loving her. But Radha's love is selfless, that she does not expect anything back from Krishna but to have the chance to Love him for eternity. The love between Radha and Krishna is considered the most purest and many worship them and seek their blessings.

Krishna's Role In Mahabharat

Krishna and Mahabharata

This stage in history can be considered the most important of all. The entire encounter is made into a book called Mahabharata, which is the most read, sought after book in the history. Krishna moved to Hastinapur to live with the Pandavas and Kauravas. When the Pandavas and Kauravas fought for the Kingdom, Krishna was sent as a mediator and failed in bringing peace between the two parties. Eventually a war broke out between the two which lasted for 18 days. Krishna played his part as the Chariot rider to Arjuna. It is then, that Lord Krishna advocates Arjuna about the Nishkam Karma Yoga (selfless action) which is the sacred path to achieve the truth. This part alone, where Krishna advises Arjuna makes the heart of the holy book Bhagavad Gita. The battle of Kurukshetra between Pandavas and Kauravas was fought in about 3000 BC.

Well... that is a brief summarization of Lord Krishna's life. Now, if this has gained your interest and if you would want to continue your prayers for Lord Krishna, then click here for - Krishna Bhajan

To know the Puja Muhurat for Krishna Janmashtami, click here - Janmashtami Puja Muhurat


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