Radha Ashtami is a well known Hindu festival that is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Shri Radha Rani. Radha Rani was honored as the consort of Lord Krishna. According to the Hindu beliefs, she is the incarnation or Avatar of Goddess Laxmi. As per the Hindu calendar, the auspicious Radha Ashtami Festival is celebrated in the month of Bhadrapada, on the eight-day of Shukla Paksha which is the Ashtami Tithi. The occasion of Radha Ashtami falls 15 days after the festival of Janmashtami, the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna.
Radha Ashtami is also known as Radha Jayanti. On this auspicious festival, the devotees worship Radharani with full devotion and enthusiasm. This Day also signifies the self-less and blissful bond of love between Radha and Krishna, and their sacred association.
Radha Ashtami 2019 Date and Time
This year Radha Ashtami will be celebrated on 6th September 2019.
According to our Panchang, the Radha Ashtami Date and time are: The Tithi Begins at 8:49 pm, on 5th September and ends at 8:43 pm, on 6th September.
Significance of Radha Ashtami
Radha Ashtami or Radha Jayanti is the birth anniversary of “ Shri Radha Rani”. It is an extremely joyous occasion. Radha and Krishna exist together and are referred to as “RadhaKrishna”. Radha is an individual soul and Lord Krishna is the Universe soul. The Observer of the Radha Krishna Vrat will be blessed with a happy and prosperous life. This festival has a different meaning as it showcases the love between Radha and Krishna and their eternal bond that can only be understood after overcoming all the worldly impurities. It is believed that observing Radha Asthami fast and worshiping Goddess Durga, can help to get rid of all the sins. Lord Krishna’s worship is incomplete without Radha as she is the controller of Krishna’s life. The individual's mind will become clear from all the negative thoughts and will attain spiritual bliss.
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The story behind Radha Ashtami
- The appearance of Radharani- The month of Bhadrapada and on a half-moon night, king Vrishbhanu came at the shore of Jamuna to take a bath. He found himself being immersed in the golden aura, which symbolizes the spirit of true and pure love. There was a baby girl sitting on the surface. King Vrishbhanu took the baby girl and returned to the place and Queen Kirtida was extremely happy by seeing the baby. They were childless so they adopted Radharani and from that day they started taking care of her.
- Birth of Radha- The other story is related to the birth of Radharani is according to the Padma-Purana. One day Vrishnbhanu was cleaning the floor to perform a Yajna when he found Radharani. It was told to Vrishbhanu and his wife by “Narada” that Radha is the incarnation of the Goddess Laxmi. From that day only, they both considered Radharani as their daughter.
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How Radha Ashtami is celebrated
Radha Ashtami is celebrated with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm in Vrindavan and surrounding states of Uttar Pradesh. On the day of Radha Ashtami, the devotees wake up before sunrise and spend the whole day worshipping Radharani. Some devotees observe fast and offer prayers to both Radharani and Lord Krishna. Also, a puja is performed in which the idol of Goddess Radha is immersed in 'Panchamrit' which includes milk, yogurt, ghee, and honey. After which she’s dressed in new clothes and fresh flowers are offered to her to celebrate her glory. After this, the devotees offer Shringar items to the deity along with Bhog. It is believed that the worship of Lord Krishna is incomplete without Radharani. The devotees chant different names of Srimati Radharani and also recite the ‘Radha Gayatri Mantra'.
The following Mantra should be recited in order to live a happy and peaceful life and to attain the blessings of Lord Krishna.
‘ॐ राधायै स्वाहा:’
Om Raadhaye Svaha
This mantra can be chanted while performing the Radha Ashtami Puja for getting faster and favorable results.
Radha Ashtami Puja Muhurat
According to the Hindu Panchang, the Radha Ashtami Tithi Begins at 8:49 pm, on 5th September and ends at 8:43 pm, on 6th September.
Where is Radha Ashtami celebrated?
In all the temples especially in the states of North India, special pujas and prayers take place on the eve of Radha Ashtami. This festival is observed with gaiety and grand celebration in ISKCON temples all over the world. This auspicious festival is celebrated with great zeal and zest in Vrindavan, Mathura, and Barsana, the birthplace of Radharani.
The love of Lord Krishna and Radha is regarded as the most soulful and pious which has ever taken place between any two people. Both of them are considered as one soul. It holds a great Importance of Radha Ashtami in the heart of true devotees who offers prayers and worship Radharani pure heartedly. The devotees who offer prayers and worship Radharani with full concentration and devotion are bestowed with the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu.
Indian Astrologyhopes this Radha Ashtami every devotee gets to experience happiness and prosperity in life!
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