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 Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das

In Hari-bhakti vilasa, Srila Sanatana Goswamipada writes 276 verses telling how to observe Sri Krishna Jayanti. But he did not mention one verse about observing Radhastami. Gaudiya Vaisnavas worship Radha Govinda Yugala with special emphasis on serving and pleasing Sri Radha (radhadasyam). Therefore, on Radhastami many Gaudiyas do special worship and vratas to please their eternal Ishvari and Swamini Sri Radha.

Here we will list many wonderful sevas devotees may do to please Karunamayi Radhika with special pujas, offerings and prayers. Jai Jai Sri Radhe!


Upon rising from bed, take a sankalpa (firm vow): Before a murti or painting of Radharani pray, “O Karunamayi Radha! On this most beautiful and auspicious day of Your divine appearance, I will try my best to remember, serve, glorify and please You. O Vrindavaneshvari! Please be merciful and bless this most unworthy one with the eternal service of Your delicate, fragrant and sweet lotus feet.”


Mahaprabhu personally wrote the following prayer and gave this benediction: “Any devotee who recites (at this time) these 108 names of Sri Radhika will attain ecstatic love for Lord Krishna.”

ŚrīRādhikā-Aṣṭottara-Śata-Nāma-Stotram108 Names of ŚrīRādhikā

śrīmad-rādhā rasa-mayī, rasa-jñārasikātathā
rāseśvarī rasa-bhaktī, rasa-pūrṇa rasa-pradā (1)

ŚrīRādhā is endowed with all the most splendrous opulences, and is completely pervaded with ever-flowing transcendental mellows. She fully understands the subtleties of these mellows. Rādhā is adept in relishing mellows. Rādhikā is the Queen of the nightly rāsa dance. She is totally devoted to expressing divine mellows. Śrī Rādhā is full to overflowing with pure mellows. She bestows these exquisite mellows unto everyone.

raṅgiṇī rasa-lubdhāca, rāsa-maṇḍala-kāriṇī
rasa-vilāsinīrādhā, rādhikā rasa-pūrṇadā (2)

Rādhā is always very playful. She is greedy to taste newer and newer aspects of mellows. Rādhā is the designer of the circular arenas for rāsa dancing. She enjoys sporting the rāsa dance to Her heart’s content. Rādhā is the best worshiper of Śyāma. Rādhikā, the best worshiper, is adored intimately by Her friends. She bestows mellows unto others in the most completely fulfilling way.

rāmā-ratnāratna-mayī, ratna-mālāsu-śobhanā
raktoṣṭhirakta-nayanā, raktotpala-vidhāriṇī (3)

ŚrīRādhā is the topmost jewel among all the many forms of Lakṣmī-devī. All of Her ornaments and paraphernalia are studded with precious jewels. Rādhikā likes to wear gemstone necklaces. Rādhā radiates the nicest, purely sublime splendor. Her lips are naturally hued with a charming redness. The corners of ŚrīRādhā’s eyes are hued with reddish tints. She especially likes to hold a red lotus flower in Her hand.

ramaṇīrāmaṇīgopī, vṛndāvana-vilāsinī
nānā-ratnāvicitrāṅgī, nānā-sukha-mayīsadā (4)

Rādhārāṇī is a charming young mistress. Her loveliness is especially pleasing to behold. Rādhā is a cowherd girl. She likes to frolic in the forest of Vṛndāvana. Rādhā is fond of wearing different types of gemstones. The shapes of Rādhārāṇī’s limbs are astonishingly lovely to behold. She abounds in various forms of happiness.

saṁsāra-pāra-tāraṇī, venu-gītā-vinodinī
kṛṣṇa-priyākṛṣṇa-mayī, kṛṣna-dhyāna-parāyaṇī (5)

Rādhārāṇī delivers souls out of the material world. She takes great pleasure in listening to flute songs. Rādhā is very dear to Kṛṣṇa. She is Lord Kṛṣṇa’s exact counterpart. Rādhā is fond of meditating upon ŚrīKṛṣṇa.

sadānandākṣīṇa-madhyā, kṛṣṇākṛṣṇālayāśubhā
candrāvalīcandra-mukhī, candrācakṛṣṇa-vallabhā (6)

Rādhikā is always full of bliss. Her waist is very slim. Rādhā is the female form of Kṛṣṇa Himself. She is the refuge of Her beloved Kṛṣṇa. Rādhārāṇī is the embodiment of auspiciousness. She is beautiful as a series of full moons. Rādhā’s face is round, and radiantly soothing like a full moon. She is the very personification of the moon itself. Rādhā is the dearmost beloved of Lord Kṛṣṇa.

vṛndāvaneśvarīdevī, kṛṣṇa-raṅgīparā-gatiḥ
dhyānātītādhyāna-magnā, sadā-kṛṣṇa-kutūhalī (7)

Rādhārāṇī is the Queen of Vṛndā’s forest. She is the Supreme Goddess of the entire creation. Rādhā enjoys playing fun games with Kṛṣṇa. ŚrīmatīRādhārāṇī is the final transcendental goal. She is naturally situated far, far beyond anyone’s meditation. Rādhā is very meditative by nature. She is always playing mischievous pranks on Kṛṣṇa.

prema-mayīprema-rūpā, premāprema-vinodinī
kṛṣṇa-priyāsadānandī, gopī-maṇḍala-vāsinī (8)

Rādhikā is effused with the purest ecstatic love. She is the embodiment of love’s most beautiful form. Her every thought, action, word and deed is totally saturated with love. She revels in the delightful sports of pure love. Rādhā is the favorite of Lord Kṛṣṇa. She is perpetually absorbed in the greatest happiness. Rādhārāṇī resides within the circle of Her cowherd girlfriends.

sundarāṅgīcasvarṇābhā, nīla-paṭṭa-vidhāriṇī
kṛṣṇānurāgiṇīcaiva, kṛṣṇa-prema-su-lakṣaṇā (9)

Rādhā’s bodily limbs are all very attractive. Her complexion is radiantly golden. Rādhā especially likes to wear blue silken garments. She is very contented in Her attachment to Kṛṣṇa. ŚrīmatīRādhārāṇī is nicely marked by Her obvious love for Kṛṣṇa.

nigūḍha-rasa-sāraṅgī, mṛgākṣīmṛga-locanā
aśeṣa-guṇa-pārāca, kṛṣṇa-prāṇeśvarīsamā (10)

Rādhā embodies variegated forms of confidential mellows. Her eyes are just like those of a dear. Rādhā views things innocently like a dear. She excels even beyond limitless good qualities. Rādhārāṇī is the mistress of the very life-breath of Kṛṣṇa. She is equal in Her dealings with all.

rāsa-maṇḍala-madhyasthā, kṛṣṇa-raṅgīsadāśuciḥ
vrajeśvarīvraja-rūpā, vraja-bhūmi-sukha-pradā (11)

Rādhā dances in the center of the circular rāsa dance. She enjoys frolicking with Lord Kṛṣṇa. Rādhārāṇī always has immaculate manners. ŚrīmatīRādhārāṇī is the Queen of Vraja-dhāma. Aspects of Her form are visible in all the natural features throughout Vraja. ŚrīRādhā is the grantor of happiness to all beings in Vraja-bhūmi.

rasollāsāmadonmattā, lalitā rasa-sundarī
sarva-gopī-mayīnityā, nānā-śāstra-viśāradā (12)

Rādhā especially blossoms with delight during the rāsa dance. She becomes wildly intoxicated by drinking honey-wine. Rādhā embodies the most charming loveliness. She is the truly beautiful expression of divine loving mellows. She expands Herself into multiple forms as all the cowherd girls. Rādhā is the essence of eternity. She is greatly learned in various scriptures.

kāmeśvarīkāma-rūpā, sadākṛṣṇa-parāyaṇā
parā-śaktī-svarūpāca, sṛṣṭi-sthiti-vināśinī (13)

Rādhā is the Queen of transcendental lust. She is the personification of divine desire. ŚrīRādhikā is always cherishing Kṛṣṇa. She is the very figure of divine potency. Rādhā is the annihilator of the material creation.

saumyāsaumya-mayīrādhā, rādhikāsarva-kāmadā
gaṅgācatulasīcaiva, yamunācasarasvatī (14)

Rādhā is pleasing like the moon. All of Her dealings are soft and gentle. She is endowed with all prosperity and success. Rādhā fully satisfies Her beloved by Her intimate worship. She fulfills the aspirations of all beings. ŚrīRādhā is the original form of the Ganges River. She is the original form of the holy basil plant. She is the original form of the Yamunā River. Rādhā is the original form of the Sarasvatī River.

bhogavatībhagavatī, bhagavac-citta-rūpiṇī
prema-bhakti-sadā-saṅgī, premānanda-vilāsinī (15)

ŚrīmatīRādhārāṇī is the original form of the Bhogavatī river [the Ganges flowing in the Pātāla region. She is the Supreme female divinity. Rādhā is the embodiment of Bhagavān’s very heart. She is continuously associated with ecstatic loving devotion. Rādhā cavorts in the ecstatic bliss of pure love.

sadānanda-mayīnityā, nitya-dharma-parāyaṇī
trailokyākarṣaṇīādyā, sundarīkṛṣṇa-rūpiṇī (16)

Rādhikā is perpetually permeated with exhilaration. She is the incarnation of agelessness. Rādhā is devoted to performing auspicious daily rituals. She is the attractor of the three worlds. ŚrīRādhā is the original source of all that is. She is the absolute manifestation of total beauty. Rādhārāṇī expresses Herself as the form of Lord Kṛṣṇa.

śatam-aṣśṭottaraṁnāma, yaḥpaṭhetprayataḥśuciḥ
prātaḥ-kālecamadhyāhne, sandhyāyāṁmadhya-rātrike
yatratatrabhavettasya, kṛṣṇaḥprema-yutobhavet (17)

If a pious and clean devotee recites these 108 holy names of ŚrīRādhikā — either in the morning [6-8:24a.m.], evening [6-8:24p.m.], or in the middle of the night [10:48p.m.-3:36a.m.]– wherever and however that person lives, they become endowed with ecstatic love for Lord Kṛṣṇa.”



As a love offering to Sukumari Radha on Her Divinely wonderful birthday, memorize the following short prayers, or others, and chant them for Sundari Radha’s pleasure:

itivijñāyadevitvaṁnayamāṁcaraṇāntikam (1)

“O Radhe, I am Yours! I am Yours! I cannot live without You! O Radhe, please understand this and bring me to the service of Your lotus feet.” (ŚrīVilāpa-kusumāñjali 96)

tatomamānyāstigatirnakāpi (2)

I worship Rādhā who has lotus eyes, I remember Rādhā who has a sweet smile, and I speak of Rādhā who is melted with compassion. There is nothing else for me. She is my life and soul.(ŚrīViśākhānandadābhidha-stotram 131)


Hear lectures and read books glorifying the astonishing name, form, qualities, pastimes and loving service of Radharani (e.g. Radha-Krishna Ganoddesha Dipika, Vilapa Kusumanjali, Radha Rasa Sudhanidhi, Sankalpa Kalpadruma, Govinda Lilamrta, Ujjvala-nilamani, and Caitanya-caritamrta, adi four and other chapters see index.



(rādhāraṇīkī jai, mahārāṇīkī jai.bolo barṣāṇevārīkī jai jai jai)

ṭhākurāṇīkī jai, haripyārīkī jai
vṛṣabhānu-dulārīkī jai jaijai

gaurāṅgīkī jai, hemāṅgīkī jai
vrajarāja-kumārikī jai jaijai

vrajā-rānīkī jai, vrajadevīkī jai
gahvaravanavārīkī jai jaijai

All glories to Rādhārāṇī! All glories to the greatest of all Queens. Sing the glories of Rādhārāṇī, who lives in Barṣāṇā.

All glories to RādhāṬhākurāṇī [Queen Rādhā], who is the beloved of ŚrīHari. All glories to the beloved daughter of King Vṛṣabhānu.

All glories to Rādhārāṇī who has a fair complexion and golden limbs.

All glories to the Queen of Vraja. All glories to the goddess of Vraja. All glories to Rādhā who wanders in the Gahvara forest.


b. jaya jaya radhe, jaya jaya shyama,
jaya jaya sri Vrindavana dhama.

Pavana Radhe tero nama
Pavana sri Vrindavana dhama.

Jaya jaya Shyamaa, jaya jaya Shyama,
Jaya jaya sri Vrindavana dhama.

“All glories, all glories to Radhe-Shyama! O Radha, Your Holy Name is completely purifying and so is Your beautiful abode named Vrindavana. All glories to You, the Golden One whose heart is brimming with Shyama-rasa. And all glories to Your dark Lord of Love—the sweet heart stealer of Vraja.”

c. Maine RaṭanāLagāiRādhāNāmakīTraditional Brijbhāshā Song (Rasiyā)

(refrain) maineraṭanālagāirādhānāmakī

(1) merīpalakoṅmeṅrādhā, merīalakoṅmeṅrādhā

Rādhā is there in the blinking of my eyes. Rādhā is there in the curls of my hair I have filled up the very part of my hair Oh! With the sweet name of Rādhā.

(2) merenainoṅmeṅrādhā, mere bainoṅmeṅrādhā

Rādhā is there within my vision. Rādhā is there within my speech. I interweave my every word Oh! With the sweet name of Rādhā.

(3) merīdularīmeṅrādhā, merīcunarīmeṅrādhā

Rādhā is there in my necklace. Rādhā is there in my sārī. I have adorned my nose-ring Oh! With the sweet name of Rādhā.

(4)merecalanemeṅrādhā, mere halanemeṅrādhā

Rādhā is there in my walking. Rādhā is there in my gestures. My sash of waist-bells resounds Oh! With the sweet name of Rādhā.

(5)meredāyebāyerādhā, mere āgepīcherādhā
romaroma rasa chāirādhanāmakī

Rādhā is there on my right and on my left. Rādhā is there in front of me and behind.My every fiber reflects the rasa flowing,Oh! With the sweet name of Rādhā.

(6)mereaṅgaaṅgarādhā, mere saṅgasaṅgarādhā

Rādhā is there on my each and every limb. Rādhā is there accompanying me always. Lord Gopāl plays His flute which calls out, Oh! With the sweet name of Rādhā.

d. Jaya Rādhe, Jaya RādheRādhe


nava-navaraṅgi tri-bhaṅgijaya, syāmasu-aṅgisyāma
jayarādhejayahari-priye, śrī-rādhesukhadhāma

(introductory verse) “All glories to Sri Krishna who stands in a beautiful three-fold stance! Shyama is the connoisseur of newer and newer playful sports, and His body is effulgent with the nicest dark complexion.

All glories to You, Rādhe! All glories to You, O Hari-priyā! O ŚrīRādhe! You are the abode and reservoir of all happiness!”


Refrain:(1) jayarādhe jayarādherādhe jayarādhe jayaśrī-rādhe
jayakṛṣṇa jayakṛṣṇakṛṣṇa jayakṛṣṇa jayaśrī-kṛṣṇa

(2) syāmāgorīnitya-kisorīprītama-jorīśrī-rādhe

O ŚrīRādhe! You are:

Syāmā—a fresh young maiden with slender waist, endowed with the luster of new adolescence;
Gorī—You possess the fairest golden complexion;
Nitya-kisorī—You are eternally situated in the sweet blossoming of divine youth;
Prītama-jorī—You are the only perfect match for Your most Beloved.

O ŚrīKṛṣṇa! You are:
Rasika—the true relisher of transcendental mellows;
Rasīlo—You are sweet and relishable in every aspect;
Chaila-chabīlo—You are so effulgent that You represent the topmost super excellence of pure enchantment;
Guṇa-garabīlo—You are situated in great pride due to full awareness of Your own transcendental qualities.

(3) rāsa-vihārini rasa-bisatārinipiya-ura-dhāriniśrī-rādhe

O ŚrīRādhe! You are:

Rāsa-vihārini—the sportive Princess of the ecstatic rāsa-dance festival, which You organize every night;
Rasa-bisatārini—You are the distributor of pure ecstatic rasa-mellows to all other living entities;
Piya-ura-dhārini—You love to embrace the chest of Your Lover.

O ŚrīKṛṣṇa! You are:

Nava-nava-raṅgī—the connoisseur of newer and newer playful sports;
Navala-tribhaṅgī—You like to stand in a three-fold bending posture that always appears ever-fresh;
Syāma-su-aṅgī—Your body is perfectly exquisite in both proportion and deep dark complexion.

(4) prāna-piyārīrūpa-ujyārīati-sukuṅvārīśrī-rādhe

O ŚrīRādhe! You are:

Prāna-piyārī—the most dear loving friend of everyone’s life;
Rūpa-ujyārī—You manifest a brilliant splendor of sheer beauty;
Ati-sukuṅvārī—You are extremely soft and delicate due to Your fresh youth.

O ŚrīKṛṣṇa! You are:

Maina-manohara—the enchanter of the mind of Cupid;
Mahā-moda-kara—You are the giver of great transcendental bliss to all living entities;
Sundara-bara-tara—Your beauty surpasses the best by far.

(5) sobhā-sainīmobhā-mainīkokila-bainīśrī-rādh

O ŚrīRādhe! You are:

Sobhā-sainī—the manifestor of wonderful beauty while You are gracefully reclining on a flower bed;
Mobhā-mainī—You radiate the luster of the transcendental Cupid, Lord Kāmadeva;
Kokila-bainī—Your speech sounds just like the soft, gentle cooing of the cuckoo bird.

O ŚrīKṛṣṇa! You are:

Kīrati-vaṅtā—honored by Your own glorious fame;
Kāmini-kaṅtā—You are the lover of lusty young gopīs;
Śrī-bhagavaṅtā—Your position is the highest amongst all the different forms of Godhead.

(6) caṅdā-badanīkuṅdā-raḍanīsobhā-sadanīśrī-rādhe

O ŚrīRādhe! You are:

Chaṅdā-badanī—the possessor of a spotless moon-face;
Kuṅdā-raḍanī—Your teeth look just like small round jasmine flowers;
Sobhā-sadanī—You are the very abode of majestic beauty and splendor.

O ŚrīKṛṣṇa! You are:

Parama-udārā—the most supremely magnanimous personality;
Prabhā-apārā—Your bodily aura radiates out into unlimited eternity;
Ati-sukuṅvārā—You are naturally endowed with the softness of extremely youthful charms.

(7) haṁsā-gavanīrājati-ravanīkrīḍā-kavanīśrī-rādhe

O ŚrīRādhe! You are:

Haṁsā-gavanī—fond of walking like a majestic swan;
Rājati-ravanī—You are the most radiant lover;
Krīḍā-kavanī—You are the instigator of many fun sports and contests.

O ŚrīKṛṣṇa! You are:

Rūpa-rasālā—the embodiment of the most relishable type of beauty;
Naina-bisālā—Your lotus eyes are large and wide;
Parama-kṛpālā—You are the topmost merciful personality.


O ŚrīRādhe! You are:

Kaṅcana-belī—just like a golden creeper wound around the Śyāmatamāla-tree;
Rati-rasa-relī—You are completely full to the brim with the ecstatic mellows of purely divine love;
Ati-alabelī—Your unique activities are conducted in complete privacy.

O ŚrīKṛṣṇa! You are:

Saba-sukha-sāgara—the ocean of all types of happiness;
Saba-guṇa-āgara—You are the mine of all good qualities;
Rūpa-ujāgara—You radiate a famous aura of glorious beauty.

(9) ravanī-ramyātara-tara-tamyāguṇa-agamyāśrī-rādhe

O ŚrīRādhe! You are:

Ravanī-ramyā—the most charming mistress of Your beloved;
Tara-tara-tamyā—You are naturally situated at the topmost level of successive greatness;
Guṇa-agamyā—Your divine qualities are imperceptible to ordinary senses or minds.

O ŚrīKṛṣṇa! You are:

Dhāma-nivāsī—a permanent resident of the holy abode of ŚrīVraja;
Prabhā-prakāsī—You radiate a most influential aura;
Sahaja-suhāsī—You naturally wear a pleasant smile.

(10) śaktyāhlādiniati-priya-vādiniura-unmādiniśrī-rādhe

O ŚrīRādhe! You are:

śaktyāhlādini—the very potency of divine pleasure
Ati-priya-vādini—Your speech is such that whoever hears it becomes lovingly attached to it
Ura-unmādini—Your breasts are crazed with the wildest desire to be satisfied by Your Beloved.

O ŚrīKṛṣṇa! You are:

Aṅga-aṅga-tauna—endowed with such bodily limbs that each and every aspect of them is very captivating;
Sarasa-salauna—Your beauty is indeed saturated with an all-pervading, overflowing rasa-current;
Subhaga-suthauna—Your chest is beautifully endowed with majestic divine opulences.

(11) rādhā-nāminiguṇa-abhirāminihari-priya-svāminīśrī-rādhe
hare-hare-hari hare-hare-hari hare-hare-hariśrī-kṛṣṇa

O ŚrīRādhe! You are:

Rādhā-nāmini—celebrated with the most blessed name of “Rādhā”
Guṇa-abhirāmini—You please everyone with your good qualities;
Haripriya-svāmini—You are the only worshipable Queen for Haripriya

[the author, HariVyāsadeva].

Hare HareHari, Hare HareHari,
Hare HareHari, ŚrīKṛṣṇa


Here’s a recipe said to a favorite of Rasika-rani Radha:

main ingredients:

• 10-12 arbi
• ½ tsp carom seeds/ajwain
• ½ tsp turmeric powder
• ½ tsp garam masala powder
• 2 tbsp oil
• 2 cups water
• salt as required
• some mint & coriander for garnishing

for making the paste:
• 3 medium size tomatoes
• 1 green chili
• ½ inch ginger
• 1 tsp cumin


1. wash the arbi well.
2. pressure cook the arbi till cooked.
3. drain and let the arbi cool.
4. when warm or cool, peel the skin and slice the arbi in to 2 or 4 pieces vertically.
5. grind all the ingredients mentioned for making the paste to a smooth paste.
6. heat oil.
7. add the carom seeds and fry them.
8. then add the tomato paste.
9. stir and add all the spice powders one by one.
10. fry the tomato paste till the oil separates.
11. this will take about 6-7 minutes.
12. then add water, rock salt and the boiled arbi pieces,
13. simmer for some 6-7 minutes till the gravy becomes smooth and thickens a little bit.
14. garnish with mint or coriander leaves and serve arbi curry to Rasika-rani Radha.



If you have Deities then worship with a variety of wonderful items per your standard and more. If you only have a painting or Deity photo of Sri Radha, then worship that form of Radharani externally with a delicious bhoga offering, aroti, fragrant flower garlands and scents, all followed by a euphoric kirtana!

Internally as manasic-puja, you can offer many, many bhoga preparations to your painting/ photo murti of Shyama-priya. You can bathe Radharani with pancha-amrta, and thousands of juices, nectars and waterfalls of jeweled-inlaid tears. Then you can dress Rai-vinodini in a splendidly stunning designer outfit with elaborate decorations and ornaments—all of flowers, especially blue lotus and every other exotic tropical flower you can think of.

Your mind is an unlimited temple, wherein you are completely free to worship Srimati Radharani in an infinite number of sweet, intimate and beautiful ways. Open the garden of your heart and decorate Kishori with the flowers of all your love!

Jai Jai Sri Radhe!


After noon puja, you can spend the whole day pleasing Sri Radha with reading, speaking, kirtana, dancing and bhajanas—all focused on bringing bliss to Sukumari Radha.

After all this absorption, close your eyes, meditate on all that you have received, and then glide through the wee hours of the night chanting the Radha-Krishna Yugala Maha Mantra:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare


Jai Jai Sri Radhe!

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das

To celebrate Sri Krishna’s Janmotsava every year, King Vrshabhanu, Rani Kirtida, Radharani and their whole family stay four days in Nanda Baba’s palace (Bhadra Krishna 7-10th).

Two weeks later, Nanda Maharaj, Yashoda Maa, Krishna and family come to Varshana and stay three days in King Vrshabhanu’s palace to celebrate Srimati Radhika’s birthday. From the first to the 8th day of the bright half of Bhadra month, King Vrshabhanu elaborately decorates all the homes and streets in Varsana in preparation for Radha’s appearance. Musicians and drummers purify the atmosphere with a continuous flow of auspicious songs and ragas.

Two days before Radhashtami, Vrshabhanu Maharaj sends Sridham to invite Nanda Baba and family to come honor Sri Radha’s birthday. On the 7th morning, Nanda Baba, Sri Krishna and Their family come to Varshana in bullock carts, palanquins and by walking. Kirtidarani and Vrshabhanu Maharaj warmly greet them, arrange their rooms and feed them nicely.

Sri Radha, Lalita-sakhi, Vishakha-sakhi and other gopi yutheshvaris cook rice, puris, sabjis and kheer, which is offered to Bhagavan Narayana and then served out to all the guests.  Sri Radhika and the gopis lovingly quarrel over serving first. Yashoda pacifies everyone by making different lines with a different sakhi serving each one. After eating, everyone rests in their guestrooms.

As per the usual asta-kaliyalilaschedule, Sri Radha cooks something for Krishna. Then carrying these items, Srimati and all go to Radha-kunda, meet Krishna, and enjoy Their midday pastimes.


In the morning of Radhashtami, everyone watches Radhika’s grand abhisheka performed by Gargi, daughter of the kula-guru Garga Rishi. Musicians play vinas,dolaks, mrdangas, dundubhisand pakhowajas. Paurnamasi blesses Radha with different mantras. After bathing Radhawith herbal water, panchaamrit and gavya, a hundred pots of water, and a huge conch showering water through the 1,000 jalpatra, Sri Radha is anointed with fragrant oils, musk, sandal and camphor and dressed.

The manjaris offer a beautiful arati to Radharani. Yashoda Maa offers blessings and wonderful gifts of costly clothes and ornaments to both Sri Radha and Her yutheshvaris. Vrshabhanu Maharaj and Radharani donate ornamented cows and calves. Then Radhika and Her sakhis take some prasada and then start cooking a feast.

In jest, Yashoda Maa says to Kirtida, “Sakhi, you are so hard hearted that you make tender Radha cook so much!” Kirtida replies, “Because our Radhika got a unique boon to cook nectar-filled health foods, my Prabhu Vrshabhanu wants you and Nanda Maharaja to savor Radha’s delicious preparations today. After Radha and the sakhis finish cooking, Yashodarani blesses them all and has some manjaris fan Radha to remove Her fatigue. 

The Yogurt Game

Later everyone proceeds to the bank of Bhanukhor, King Vrishabhanu’s bathing tank on the east side of Varshana hill. Then like Janmashtami, everyone starts playing Dadhikada, a game of throwing yogurt, butter and milk on each other. Afterwards, according to age and gender, everyone bathes in different corners of Bhanukhor, eats and takes rest.

Later Sri Radha goes to Radha-kunda and enjoys all Her usual pastimes with Krishna. The only exception to Their daily asta-kaliyalila flow is that for these three days, Sri Krishna is staying with Radha in Her own palace in Varshana!

Jai Jai Sri Radhe!

Naumi Lilas

The next morning in Varshana, Radha-Krishna and the gopis bathe, eat and go out to perform Their usual morning pastimes. At noontime, Radha-Krishna and the gopis go to Mor Kutir in Varshana and Krishna entertains the gopikas by dancing like a peacock. Then Radha and Krishna throw laddus to all the sakhis. Later in the midday, Radha and Krishna dance the Rasa in a secret place in Gehvara, Radha’s personal garden/forest just near Her father’s palace.

In the late afternoon everyone returns to the palace.At that time, Sri Krishna, Nanda Baba and his family take leave from King Vrshabhanu and return home to Nandagram in the topmost bliss.

Sri Radha’s three day janmotsava ki jai! Jai Jai Sri Radhe!

Mahanidhi Madangopal Das

One day in Goloka Vrindavana, Shyama sat alone under the shade of a beautiful flowering kadamba tree that was filling the entire forest with a sweet fragrance reminiscent of Radharani. Becoming absorbed in vivid memories of His sweet beloved, Krishna spontaneously began glorifying Radha with the choicest words full of love.

Brilliant green parrots gathered in the branches, curious innocent deer collected nearby, and swans floated in the peaceful waters of the Yamuna. All were stunned in bliss and spellbound in amazement to hear what Shyam was saying.

Contemplating within Himself, –vichar –antare (238), Krishna said:

cin-maya –purna -tattva, radhika –prem –unmatta
“I am full of spiritual truth, but Radhika’s love makes me mad. (122)

na –jani –radha –prema –bal, kare -sarvada -vihval
What is that power of Radha’s love by which Radha always overwhelms Me? (123)

Everywhere, everyone says I am the adi-guru, jagat-guru, spiritual master of the universe. But now I know the real truth is this:
radhika –prem –guru, ami –shishya –nat
ama –nana –nrtye, nachaya -udbhat
 “Radhika’s prem is the Guru. I am Her dancing disciple. Radha’s sweet love always makes Me dance in wonderful ways. (124)

radha –prem –vibhu,
kshane –kshane –baday –sadai
“Although Radha’s love is all-pervading, it increases at every second.” (128)

While Shyam was praising His beloved Priya, He suddenly remembered Her divine form and how Radhika’s rupa, gandha, shabdha, rasa, sparsha and vritti completely attract and captivate all His senses of seeing, smelling, hearing, tasting, touching and thinking.

Krishna continues speaking: “Ten million Cupids are conquered by My matchless, unsurpassed sweet beauty. But My eyes find the greatest happiness in seeing Radha. (242-3)

vamshi –gitakarshay –tri -bhuvan
radha –vacane –hare -shravan
My flute song attracts the three worlds. But Radha’s voice fully enchants My ears. (244)

amara –gandha –jagat –sugandha
chitta –prana –hara, radha –anga –gandha
The fragrance of My body fills the universe with sweet aromas. But the naturally sweet scent of Sriji’s limbs fully enthralls My mind and heart. (245)

amara –rasa -jagat -sarasa
radhara –adhara –ras –kar –vasha
Although My rasas fill the world with sweetness, I am totally controlled and subjugated by the sweet taste of Radha’s lips. (246)

amara –sparsha –kotindu -shital
radhika –sparsha –amasushital
Although My touch is cooler than ten million moons, I am completely refreshed by the cooling caress of Kishori. (247)

jagat -sukha –hetu, radha – rupa -jivatu
Although I am the cause of happiness in the world, Radhika’s sweet beauty is My life and soul. (248)

anya –sanga –yata –sukha –pai, radha -sukha –shata -adhikai
I get a hundred times more happiness from meeting Radha than from anyone else.” (258)

Somehow by divine arrangement, that very Queen of Shyam’s heart suddenly appeared at that lonely spot beside the Yamuna. Seizing the opportunity to flatter the cherished treasure of His heart, Gopinatha said:

“O Devi! Your divinely attractive body is the source of all beauty.
O Sulochana, Your radiant cherry-red lips are softer than the sense of immortal sweetness.
O Pranapriya! The effulgent orb of Your perfectly shaped face bears the aroma of a lotus.
O Radha! Your heart-touching, honey sweet words silence the soothing warbling of the cuckoo.
O Sriji! Your shapely golden limbs are cooler than sandalwood.

“Actually, O Shyamaa! Each and every one of My senses floods with bliss whenever I am with You, who are the abode of the most attractive and sensational qualities.”

Jai Jai Sri Radheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

P.S. Verses numbered above are from “Sri CaitanyaCaritamrta” adi-lila, chapter four.

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das

How should we worship Radha-kunda on Her appearance day in Caitra Purnima (april), and on Karttika Bahulastami (october), the day Caitanya Mahaprabhu discovered Radha-kunda?

Sri Sanatana Goswami’s Hari Bhakti Vilasa, the lawbook (smrti) for the Gaudiya Vaisnava sampradaya, describes the observance of and worship details for Krishna, Rama, Nrsimha, Vamana, Visnu and Siva. It does not mention anything about observing or worshipping the appearance (avirbhava) days of Radharani, Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Nityananda or Advaita Acarya, what to speak about Radha-kunda.

Nevertheless, for all Gaudiya Vaisnavas these appearance days are supremely worshipable. They should be observed with grand celebrations of fasting, puja, worship, tirtha snana (Radha-kunda, Yamuna, Ganga), Hari-katha, kirtana, bhajans, Sri Harinama Sankirtana and sumptuous transcendental maha-prasadam!

But why are these most significant divine days not mentioned in Hari Bhakti Vilasa? Sri Sanatana Goswami produced this important law book by collecting references from all the authentic and ancient Vedic literatures, especially the Puranas. These sastras say very little or nothing about worshiping Srimati Radharani. And they say nothing at all about worshiping Caitanya and the Panca Tattva because they appeared here long after these sastras were written.

Thus over the last 500 years, the different lineages of the Gaudiya Vaisnava sampradaya have developed their own worship standards for observing these sacred appearance days.

How to observe Radha-kunda’s appearance and discovery days depends on one’s devotional inspiration and the instructions of Sri Guru.

Bhagavan Sri Krishna Himself, Vedic sastras i.e. Puranas, and our Gaudiya Vaisnava sastras all say that Radha-kunda is non-different from Srimati Radharani, which means SRI RADHA KUNDA IS SRIMATI RADHARANI!

So on Her appearance day in Caitra Purnima, one can worship Radha-kunda just like one observes Radhastami by:

-fasting until midnight;
-panca-amrta abhiseka;
-wonderful bhoga offering;
-astakams and prayers;
-Radha-Krishna katha;
-grand aratika;
-kunda parikrama & Sri Harinama Sankirtana;
-snana—midnight moon light bath in Yugala’s prema-amrta;
-relish Radharani’s maha-prasadam!

Now that’s the proper way to observe the divine appearance of Vrndavanesvari Srimati Radharani in Her most merciful, compassionate, prema-giving, madhurya rasananda svarupa as SRI RADHA KUNDA!

Srimati Radharani ki jai! Caitra Purnima Radha-kunda appearance day ki jai!

Sridhama Vrndavana ki jai! Jai Jai Sri Radhe!

By: Mahanidhi Swami

Today, Radhastami, is also the appearance day of Sri Swami Haridasaji, an illustrious devotional saint and musician of the 15th century in Vrindavana. Swami Haridasaji unveiled Vraja Mandala’s most famous and popular deity Thakurji Banke Bihari in Nidhuvana, where he did his nirjana bhajana.

The word nidhu means, amorous pastimes (sürata-kréòä) because here in the keli-kunjas of Nidhuvana, Radha Govinda Yugala enjoy intimate affairs after the rasa dance (11p.m. to 4 a.m.) Govinda-lélämåta and other books beautifully portray these pastimes. Radha-Krishna’s pastimes of resting and waking each day also occur here. Meditative devotees often relish these sweetly confidential pastimes while chanting japa.

With his virtuosity on vina and his supremely melodious and enchantingly sweet voice, Swami Haridasaji greatly pleased the heart of his beloved Thakura Bihariji. He composed his own songs and created a unique music style which is still emulated by musicians worldwide. Due to his intense absorption in offering his heart in song to his dearest Thakuraji, Haridasaji completely forgot his body and mind. Followers identify Swami Haridasaji as an incarnation of Lalita-sakhi.

Once after hearing from Tansena, one of the two famous disciples of Swami Haridasaji (also Baijubavara) about the musical expertise of Haridasaji, Emperor Akbar desired to hear him sing. However, the saint Haridasa would only sing for the pleasure of Banke Bihariji and no one else. After sometime, Tansena came to Nidhuvana along with Akbar, who was in disguise, sat down near the kutira of Swami Haridasaji, and started singing while playing his vina.

Detecting some flaws in Tansen’s presentation, Haridasaji came out of his kutira and showed his disciple how to properly sing that raga. Then the disguised Akbar witnessed a miracle! Swami Haridasaji’s sweet singing enchanted and attracted all the forest birds, deer and animals to his side. They were spellbound, listening to the rapture of Swamiji’s love for Bihariji. Fortunate souls will visit Nidhuvana, and roll in the dust before the samadhi of the great Swami Haridasaji, one of the greatest saints of Vraja Mandala.

On this most auspicious occasion, I humbly pray to Swami Haridasaji to please bless me that someday I can sing to My Thakuraji in a voice full of pure love and completely forget about my useless body and mind.

Swami Haridasaji’s Thakuraji Banke Bihariji is very special, very powerful, very merciful, very beautiful, very playful and very naughty. You can only relish His mystifying eyes, and catch His mischievous smile for a moment before He closes the curtain to His heart. But actually that is Bihariji’s kindness on all of us.

Because if Thakuraji gave a little longer darshana, then everyone in the temple would never leave. They would all just throw their arms up into the air and shout with full conviction, “To hell with Delhi! To hell with Mumbai! To hell with Europe! To hell with America! To hell with everywhere! I am going to stay here forever in Vraja, gazing upon the most sweetly beautiful lotus face of Banke Biharilala ki! JAI!!!

Technically speaking Sri Banke Biharij’s unique brief darshana style is called jhäìké-darçana, which means a momentary vision. To do this, the pujaris open the curtains to reveal the vision of perfection, and then rapidly close them after a moment. The following pastime explains how this came to be. Once a parama-bhakta stood looking intently at Banke Bihariji with the eyes of his heart fully expanded. The unbreakable attraction of prema between God and His devotee (Bhagavata bhakta prema-sambanhda) made Bihariji leave the temple and follow that devotee home. The temple was empty!

In great alarm, the pujaris followed the lotus footprints of Banke Bihariji to that village. After much begging and crying, Bihariji agreed to return to the temple. After this incident, momentary darshana was introduced to prevent any loving devotee from capturing Bihariji with his loving glance. Just see the power and attraction of pure love! O when will I attain such pure love that Bihariji comes to enter the home of my heart!

Sri Swami Haridasaji Avirbhava Mahotsava ki jai!

Sri Banke Biharilala ki jai!

Jai Jai Sri Radhe!

By: Mahanidhi Swami

One aspect of raganuga-sadhana is learn about the identities, relationships, feelings and moods of love of Radha and Krishna’s friends and family members. Why you may ask? Attaining the spiritual perfection of Krishna prema means to enter Goloka Vrindavana, and to lovingly serve Radha-Krishna alongside all of Their friends and family members. Therefore, here as part of our sadhana we must prepare ourselves to know where we are going, and with whom we will live and serve with upon getting there.

To facilitate this “spiritual family familiarization sadhana”, our compassionate Gaudiya Vaisnava acharyas Srila Rupa Goswamipada and Srila Raghunatha dasa Goswamipada wrote two essential books for our study:

Radha-Krishna Ganoddesha Dipika and Vraja Vilasa Stava. Also Sri Kavi Karnapura wrote Gaura Ganoddesha Dipika to help us learn the dual identities of Krishna’s eternal associates in both Vraja-lila and Gaura-lila.

To celebrate Radhastami, we are listing the key personalities in Srimati Radharani’s transcendental family of loving servitors. Wherever known, we’ll include their Gaura-lila names in brackets.

But first however, we should warn everyone with a few words of caution. If you are at all attached to your relativities in the form of friends and family members, then definitely

DO NOT READ THIS description of the pure and loving, beautiful people in Radha’s realm of eternal transcendental bliss!

Radha’s Elders

Paternal grandfather: Mahibhanu

Paternal grandmother: Sukhada

Father: Vrishabhanu (Pundarika Vidyanidhi)

Maternal grandfather: Indu

Maternal grandmother: Mukhara

Mother: Kirtida (Ratnavati)

Elder brother: Sridama (Abhirama Gopala)

Younger sister: Ananga-manjari (Jahnava-devi)

Paternal uncles: Bhanu, Ratna-bhanu, Subhanu.

So-called husband: Abhimanyu

Father-in-law: Vrka-gopa

Mother-in-law: Jatila (Ramachandra Puri)

Brother-in-law: Durmada

Sister-in-law: Kutila

Radha’s Ashta Sakhis:

Lalita (Svarupa Damodara Goswami)

Vishakha (Ramananda Raya)

Chitra (Govindananda Thakura)

Indulekha (Vasu Ramananda)

Champakalata (Shivananda Sena)

Tungavidya (Vakreshvara Pandita)

Ranga-devi (Govinda Ghosh)

Sudevi (Vasudeva Ghosh)

And: Vrinda-devi (Mukunda Dasa)

Dhanishta (Raghava Pandita)

Nandimukhi (Saranga Thakura)

Radha’s Ashta-Manjaris:

Sri Rupa-manjari: (Srila Rupa Goswamipada)

Rati-manjari: Srila Raghunatha dasa Goswamipada)

Lavanga-manjari (Srila Sanatana Goswamipada)

Raga-manjari (Srila Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami)

Guna-manjari: (Sri Gopala Bhatta Goswami)

Manjulali-manjari: (Sri Lokanatha Goswami)

Vilasa-manjari (Sri Jiva Goswamipada)

Kasturi-manjari (Srila Krishnadasa Kaviraja)

Radha’s Favorite Pets:

Calf: Tungi

Chakori bird: Charu-chandrika

Cows: Bahula, Sunada, Yamuna

Doe: Rangini

Elephant: Madhuri

Monkey: Kakkhati

Talking Parrots: Shubha, Sukshmadhi

Peahen: Tundika

Swan: Tundikeri

Sri Radha’s premika nitya-parisads ki jai!

Jai Jai Sri Radhe!