Radhashtami is one of the propitious days for Hindus as it commemorates the birth of Radha, who is Lord Krishna’s consort. The goddess was born on Ashtami of Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month. And therefore, we celebrate this day by worshipping her and Shri Krishna with full dedication. The goddess took her birth in Mathura, so every year, there are mass gatherings of devotees to visit the Shri Krishna and Radha’s temple. Sages and devotees believe that Goddess Radha is an incarnation of Maa Lakshami. So, one should also bow down to goddess Radha while worshipping Lord Krishna. Moving forward, let us find out where and when to start the festive.
Muhurat Timings and Date of Radhastami 2021
|Muhurat||Date / Time|
|Radhastami Date||14th September 2021 - Tuesday|
|Ashtami Tithi Begins:||03:10 PM on 13th Sep 2021|
|Ashtami Tithi Ends:||01:09 PM on 14th Sep 2021|
Radha Ashtami Significance
Worshipping Lord Krishna and goddess Radha on this auspicious day may bring peace and harmony into one’s life. They may find it easier to pass life hurdles, achieve their worldly goals, and may gain salvation by reciting the Radha Gayatri mantra and performing Aarti.
Radha Ashtami fasting rituals help the person to get rid of their past and previous life sins. According to some ancient scriptures, it is said that if Shri Radha is not worshipped, then devotees may fail to please Shri Krishna. Hence, there is a great significance of worshipping Lord Krishna and goddess Radha on the day of Bhadrapada’s Asthami.
Referring to the Hindu myths, Sage Narada has narrated about the necessity of worshipping goddess Radha along with Shri Krishna. Goddess Radha is the presiding deity of Lord Sri Krishna’s life as the Lord himself resides under her. Therefore, Vaishnavas pay their highest respect to the Hindu deities on this day of Ashtami. Now, let us understand how the people of India celebrate this day in today’s world.
Radha Ashtami Vrat katha
In ancient myths, Padma Purana, Goddess Radha, is mentioned as the daughter of king Vrishabhanu Gopa and Kirti. One day, the king discovered Radha in the shape of Dharti while cleaning the area for organizing the yagna. The king adopted and nurtured the young girl as his daughter. When Lord Vishnu took his Krishna avatar, he requested other family members to incarnate on Earth, and Vishnu’s wife Lakshmiji came to Earth as Radha, as mentioned in religious texts. Radha was Shri Krishna’s companion, according to the Brahma Vaivarta Purana. Earlier, she was married to some other person, but once she became an adult, goddess Radha accepted Shri Krishna as her spouse.
Celebration Across India
On this occasion, Hindus decorate the idols of Shri Radha and Lord Krishna with a new dress and fresh flowers. Also, the temple is decorated with bright, colourful flowers that spread their fragrance everywhere. Devotees listen to the devotional songs composed by Vaishnava gurus and sing the glory of Sri Radharani. Thousands of devotees gather at the Shri Krishna temple to get a glimpse of Lord Krishna and Radhaji. Devotees pour holy water on the idols and offer milk, curd, ghee, honey,and jaggery. They also keep juices of fruits like musk, apple, watermelon, pineapple, pomegranate, orange, sweet lime, papaya, grapes etc. at the feet of idols. Later, they conclude the puja after performing aarti and showering flowers on them. Devotees and saints prepare Chappan Bhog for Hindu deities in the well-known temples of India and seek divine blessings from them.
Radhastami Fasting Rituals
The two most-worshipped Hindu deities, Shri Radha and Lord Krishna are worshipped with utmost sincerity on Radhastami. Many devotees appease the Lord by keeping a one-day fast by avoiding oily or non-veg food items. Some of them even refrain from drinking water. Worshippers then beautify the idols of Shri Radha and Krishna with flowers, incense sticks, colourful lights. Also, there is a huge significance of organizing Vishnu Puja or Yagna on the occasion of Radhaastami. Later on, they end their fast in the evening by eating sweets. At night, they continue chanting devotional songs till midnight. Below are the dos and don’ts for this auspicious day.
Do’s and Don’ts on Radha Ashtami
- One should take a bath and set themselves free from any other activities.
- After this, clean the area in front of your home temple.
- Now, put the idol of goddess Radha and Shri Krishna.
- Worship Devi Radha with Shodashopachar.
- One should organize Puja in the subh Muhurat.
- Thereafter, begin your fasting for a day.
- While fasting, avoid eating any food items.
- Chant mantras and devotional songs to impress deities.
- Next day, donate alms to Brahmins or those in need.
Our prayers are incomplete if we fail to invoke goddess Radha while worshipping Lord Krishna. Radhastami is the auspicious time to worship both Radha and Krishna to get their divine blessings. On this note, before signing off, we wish you a Happy Radhastami in advance.