Sri Radha Ashtami, or Radhashtami, the birthday of Radha, is a major festival celebrated by Lord Krishna devotees. It falls on the eighth day of the Shukla Paksha (Ashtami on waxing phase of moon) in the month of Bhadrapad (August-September). Radha Ashtami 2016 date is on September 9. The day celebrates the relationship between Radha and
Krishna – a unique relationship between god and human (world).
Special prayers and pujas are held in Sri Krishna temples in
North India on the day. Most important celebrations are at and Vrindavan and in ISKCON Temples around the world. Mathura
To understand the relationship between Radha and
Krishna, first we have to clear the worldly impurities from our mind, which is clogging our vision. Once these impurities are removed we will understand the true meaning of Raslila – the individual soul realizing that it is part of the universal soul, which is a continuity.
It is always Radha and
Krishnatogether or simply Radhakrishna. Radha exists with Krishna; not without Krishna. Radha represents the individual soul and Krishnathe universal soul. On a lower level, we say the individual soul merges with the universal soul.
In fact, Radha on seeing Krishna realizes that there is nothing called the individual soul and that she is
Mani Mahesh Yatra in Himachal Pradesh ends on the day.
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