September 9, 2016
|Last Year (2015)||September 16th|
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Radha Ashtami is celebrated as birthday of Goddess Radha, the greatest devotee of Lord Krishna. She is the feminine aspect of the pure Truth, and Lord Krishna’s energy Personified. Krishna loves her the most. Radhika is Govinda-sarvasya. She is everything for Lord Krishna. For him nothing remains after her; she is the be-all-and-end-all of Lord Krishna. Radhashtami is also known as Radha Jayanti and Radha Ashtami.
When Is It Celebrated?
According to the Hindu calendar this day is celebrated on the Ashtami Tithi of Krishna Paksh or the 8th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadrapada. Because, over five millennium years ago on a half moon night in a place now called Northern India, King Vrishabhanu came to the Jamuna to take bathe and found himself engulfed in a golden emanation that was aura from a lotus having a baby girl standing on its whorl. The girl was Srimati Radharani, the mother of the universe. Currently Radha Ashtami falls in the month of August or September according to English calendar.
How It Is Celebrated?
On Radhastami, the temples are lavishly decorated with flowers and garlands. Sri Sri Radha Vrindaban Chandra entirely dressed traditionally with flowers outfits. Moreover, Radhashtami is the only day on which devotees get a chance to have darshan of Radharani’s lotus feet, because on all other days her feet remain covered.
Srimati Radharani’s devotional songs are narrated in the morning Bhagavatam class. After that maha-abhisheka is performed at noon with a variety of items and many colorful flowers. Several devotees in the Deity kitchen elaborate bhoga with more than 100 varieties along with sweet dishes, cakes and pastries. Maha- arati is performed after the abhisheka and. Srimati Radharani is the greatest consorts among all of Krishna’s consorts in Sri Vrindavana. In fact, she is the queen of Vrindavana.
Devotees observe fast on Radha Asthami day. They fast till noon and enjoy a traditional feast in the afternoon and after the worship of Goddess Radha.
Whatever prema exists in this world comes from Radhika. She is called the mother of everyone because she nourishes everyone by giving them prema. Srimati Radharani always holds a lotus in one of her hands and spread her blessings or motherly affection for the devotees. When one prays holy names of Radhe Radhe mantra, he is sure to become free from all impurities of heart and gain the spiritual world.