Radha’s Daily Bath

Mahanidhi Swami


To bathe, dress and decorate their Swamini Sri Radha in preparation for Her daily meeting with Her Pranakantha Syama, the sakhis and manjaris perform following services mentioned in Govinda-lilamrta:

  1. Sit Radha on bathing asana with inlaid gems.
  2. Remove ornaments, jewelry and dress.
  3. Offer thin white bathing dress.
  4. Brush teeth
  5. Clean tongue
  6. Mouthwash
  7. Body massage (oil & pastes)
  8. Hair oiling
  9. Towel dry body
  10. Towel dry hair
  11. Offer dressing asana
  12. Offer covering garments
  13. Dry hair with aguru smoke
  14. Comb hair
  15. Braiding hair
  16. Fixing hair decorations
  17. Petticoat tie on
  18. Blue dress (lehenga)
  19. Waistbells (kinkini)
  20. Anoint body with powders
  21. Tilaka on forehead (kama-yantra)
  22. Paint creeper designs (forehead to cheeks)
  23. Hair part sindur
  24. Paint breasts (with Cupid’s insignias)
  25. Bodice
  26. Earrings
  27. Chin dot
  28. Nosepearl
  29. Eye mascara (kajala)
  30. Neck choker
  31. Necklaces and locket
  32. Armlet (nava ratna)
  33. Bangles
  34. Hand ornament (engraved with “Radha”.
  35. Ankle bells
  36. Toe rings
  37. Toy lotus (lila-kamala)
  38. Mirror (full length)


Japa Walk Through While chanting japa, close your eyes and think you are in Varshana in your spiritual body as Srimati Radharani’s personal maidservant. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare…

It’s 6:30 a.m. and you have already collected all the items above. Now you are eagerly waiting for Srimati to rise from bed and enter Her bathing room. Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare…

Sri Radha nitya seva ki jai! Manjari svarupa bhajana ki jai!

Jaya Jaya Sri Radhe!

1 reply
  1. Lali
    Lali says:

    Radhe Radhe,

    Thank you for such a wonderful post! Very helpful for meditating on the Radha’s bathing pastime.

    I was just wondering that in this list is missing bathing itself, for me it seems that after oiling should be bathing (number 9 in the list). Or have I misunderstood something?

    Radhe Shyam


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