On Radhasthami, I remembered how Lord Krishna lived in the magnificent city of Dwaraka, after leaving the simple village of Vrndavan. Amidst the opulence of Dwaraka, He was longing for the simple village life, and the love of the unsophisticated residents there, especially Sri Radha.
“Mayapur is so huge, and so many pilgrims come for the main Radhastami celebration at the temple, that it’s not really a community celebration,” says parent and teacher Noam Hillel. “So we decided to hold our own festival the evening after the main one, with students, faculty, parents and all other community members who wanted to attend.” About fifty youth under eighteen worked hard to put on the festival, with boys and girls embarking on their own separate efforts and bringing them together on the day.
Some ISKCON temples have been adding new experiences to their biggest festivals to sweeten and deepen devotees’ absorption in serving the Lord, including this year’s Radhastami festival.In Dallas, USA, there were two Radhastami festivals this year, each with their own unique element. On the official Radhastami day itself, Friday September 9th, devotees bathed Sri Sri Radha Kalachandji in an unbelievable 50,000 roses during a Puspa Abhisekha.
A meditation on Srimati Radharani. She is the dearmost beloved of Sri Krishna, and also is pure spiritual energy incarnate. Srimati Radhika is always thinking lovingly of Krishna; she is the perfect example of a pure devotee, always wanting to serve and please Krishna.
Happy Radhasthami! Bhakti Without Borders - Shri Radhe by Madi Das - Featuring Chaytanya (Shrikalogy Remix)
Bhakti Purusottama Swami visited ISKCON Detroit for three days and flooded the congregation with very sweet narrations of divine appearance, supreme qualities and inconceivable pastimes of Srimati Radharani in anticipation of Radhastami.
A Vedic devotional Bhakti Art slideshow featuring artwork depicting the pastimes of The Supreme Goddess Srimati Radharani. The video is set to Sri Radhika Stava composed by Vaisnava Saint Srila Rupa Goswami, and performed by Ramya Devi Dasi.
"Radhe Madhava Dayite" - music by As Kindred Spirits. Artwork courtesy of The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, Vrindavan Das and others.
When Krishna moved with His parents from Vrindavana to Nandagrama, Srimati Radharani and her parents moved to Varsana, which is just eight kilometers away. This video takes us on a journey through these sacred hills, to visit the temples and see the sacred places of Their pastimes.
The festival of Radhastami, the appearance of Radharani, is being celebrated at Varsana for almost a week. Crowds of people join to circumambulate the holy place and participate in the festival. A video by Syam Gopal and Vijay Radhika.