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Radha Ashtami
 

About 2015 Radha Ashtami

Radha Ashtami- Birth Anniversary of RadhaRadhaRadha
Radha, also known as Radhika and Radharani was a Gopi (milkmaid)...
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21th September 2015 (Monday)
 
Ashtami Tithi
On 21th, Ashtami Tithi begins = 02:23
On 22nd, Ashtami Tithi ends = 20:10  

 

Radha Ashtami, also known as Radha Jayanti and Radhashtami, is a festival dedicated to Radha as her birth anniversary. It is celebrated on the eighth day of the waxing phase of the moon in the month of Bhadrapada (August-September), according to the Hindu calendar. The day holds a great importance for the devotees of KrishnaKrishnaKrishna
It is described that there are three aspects of the Supreme that must...
and they celebrate the day with joy and excitement. The day also marks the celebration of the relationship shared between Krishna and his beloved, Radha. Radha Ashtami is celebrated immensely in Vrindavan, It is an important Hindu pilgrimage site where Krishna spent his childhood days. Mathura- It is a city in North Indian State, Uttar Pradesh, known for being the birthplace of Krishna Mathura and Barsana.
 
Krishna’s Love
 
It is believed that Krishna and Radha were meant to fall in love even before their birth. According to the legends, as a child, Radha only opened her eyes, the day Krishna was born. She was destined to see the world only when it was blessed by Krishna’s presence. She was his spiritual energy and provided him motivation for every act of his life.
 
Radha was the human form of Krishna’s energy. She was a devotee who loved him despite of not being able to marry him. Even though Krishna was physically unattainable, Radha merged with him in their spiritual union. Devotees should have the same relationship with their Gods. Though one might never be able to see God in his physical form but one’s trust and belief should be unshakable. He should know that God will always look after him and keep him protected. Only when an individual soul merges with the universal one, it fulfills its destination of gaining spiritual satisfaction. Thus the day also celebrates God’s connection with his devotees.
 
Rituals
 
Devotees observe a fast on this day and pray to Radha for her blessings. They visit temples dedicated to her. She is worshipped during the noon time and devotees offer fruits, flowers and milk to her. She is decorated in beautiful traditional clothes which are bright in color. She is adorned with heavy jewelry and garlands made of fresh flowers. Krishna is usually dressed in the clothes matching to hers in color. People sing hymn and prayers in her honor and dance with devotion. ISKCON Temples It is a collection of temples, spread all are the world, dedicated to Krishna. It is an international society which has the most famous Hare Krishna organizationlocated all over the world are beautifully decorated and hold magnificent celebrations for the day. People also perform Raslila and enact the love shared by the duo.
 
In Barsana devotees take a dip into a pond dedicated to her and named Radha Kund which usually remains close for the rest of the year. They chant her name throughout the day and people gather in large numbers to gain her blessings. Water from 27 different wells are brought to bathe Radha’s idol. In temples a special Prasad It is the sacred food that is distributed after an auspicious event or day after offering it to the Godsis made which is a mixture of milk, clarified butter and curd. After offering it to the Goddess, it is distributed among her followers.
 
 
Aum Vrashbhanujaye Vidmahe Krishnapriyaye Dheemahi Tanno Radha Prachodayat.
 
Significance
 
By observing a fast, one is blessed with a prosperous life with health and wealth in abundance. One can also attain salvation by chanting her name. One who worships Radha with pure heart is provided with absolution for all his sins. She is also the gateway that leads to the heart of Krishna. Devotees attain a spiritual connection with Krishna only if they are dedicated to Radha too. Inner peace and contentment are also the gifts achieved by her worshippers. All negative thoughts and influences stay at bay and life becomes an easy and successful journey.
 

 


 

 

 
 
 

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