“Radha Ashtami” and why it is celebrated?
Radha Ashtami 2017 is commemorated as birth anniversary of Goddess Radha, the consort of Lord Krishna. It falls on Ashtami Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month.
Radha Ashtami is celebrated 15 days after ‘Janmashtami’, the birth anniversary of Sri Krishna. It falls on the eighth day of the ShuklaPaksha in the month of Bhadrapad. It is also known as Radhashtami and Radha Jayanti
History behind celebrating ‘Radha Ashtami according to the folklore, is that when Lord Vishnu took ‘avatar’ as Krishna, Goddess Laxmi appeared as ‘Radharani’. The day marks the birth anniversary of Radharani.
Mantra to be chanted on this day is “Aum Vrashbahnujaye Vidmahe, Krishnapriyaye Dheemahi Tanno Radha Prachodyat”
On this day, the devotees observe fast and then offers, ‘Dhoop’, incense sticks, ‘Kukmkum’, ‘roli’, ‘Akshat’, flowers and ‘Shringaar’ items to the idols. Goddess Radha is worshipped during Madhyahna Kala which is noon time
Sanjay M Bhaire
(The author is Editor-In-Chief, Across States)
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