Sri Radha Ashtami, the birthday of Radha, is a major festival celebrated by Lord Krishna devotees just like Krishna Ashtami. Radha Ashtami falls in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada/Chingam, fifteen days after the birthday of Lord Krishna (Janmashtami). Sri Radha was older to Lord Krishna and it is believed that the divine girl did not open her eyes until Sri Krishna was born. The love between Radha and Krishna is eternal and can only be understood after overcoming all the worldly impurities. This unique union symbolises how an individual soul merges with the supreme soul. Radha signifies individual soul and Lord Krishna is the universal soul. It is known that Radha and Krishna exist together and are referred as 'Radhakrishna'.
There are many incidents that showed the true love between them but one of my most favourite was once Radha went to Krishna's palace. Krishna's wives after knowing her love and devotion for Krishna tried to test it out of some feeling of jealousy. They served her with the hottest food and asked her to eat. Radha without any hesitation and problem ate the food. Everyone was shocked and when Krishna's wives went to see Krishna, they witnessed that his feet were all burnt severely. Reason was quite clear. Radha always had Krishna's lotus feet in her mind and while thinking about his feet, she could not feel the hotness of food but Krishna's feet got burnt. But these stories are not mentioned in major mythological texts.
The love of Radha Krishna till date is considered as the most pious and soulful love that has ever occurred between lovers. They are considered as one and thus Krishna amalgamates in Radha and showed the world a perfect example of true love.The relationship of Sri Krishna and Radha surpasses human concepts and is spiritual in nature. It is redundant to affirm that one may attain Krishna only through the Grace of Radha.
It is said that if one manages to please Radha, Lord Krishna's blessings are also sought because Lord Krishna resides in Radha. According to the 'Skanda Puran', there were about 16,000 'gopis', out of which 108 were the most prominent ones, Radha was considered as the most important of them all. It is believed that if one observes fast on Radha Ashtami and worships the Goddess with the utmost devotion, the person is freed from all his/her sins. The person attains spiritual bliss which gives him/her immense peace and satisfaction. The mind of the person is cleared from all the bad and negative thoughts which gives him/her the much desired mental and spiritual satisfaction.
"Let noble thoughts come to me from all directions"
Miss.Shaija Vallikatri Bhaskaran
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