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Radha Ashtami is celebrated as the birthday of Radha. This year Radha Ashtami was celebrated on 23rd September 2012. Radha was found on floating on a lotus in a river by her father Vrishbhanu. Radha was adopted by Vrishbhanu as his daughter and that day is celebrated as Radha Ashtami. Radha was the lover of Lord Krishna and was the top most favorite of Lord Krishna. The love story of Radha Krishna is most famous. Radha is believed to be elder by Lord Krishna by 11 months. But their love was eternal and is looked upon as an example by all the devotees. Women would observe fast on Radha Ashtami and would eat after the sunset. It is believed that by worshiping Radha one would please Lord Krishna. Radha Ashtami is celebrated across India in all the Lord Sri Krishna temples. The celebrations of Radha Ashtami at Mayapur are very famous.

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India Mayapur Radha Ashtami

  1. 1. http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/michaelasanda-1552384-radha/
  2. 2. Mayapur is located on the banks ofthe Ganges river, at the pointof its confluence with theJalangi, near Navadvip, WestBengal, India, 130 km northof Kolkata (Calcutta). It is TheHead Quarters of ISKCON(the International Society ofKrishna Consciousness) andis considered a holy place bya number of other traditionswithin Hinduism, but is ofspecial significance tofollowers of GaudiyaVaishnavism as the birthplaceof Chaitanya Mahaprabhu,regarded as a specialincarnation of Krishna in themood of Radha.
  3. 3. MayapurIt is visited by over a millionpilgrims annually. The town isheavily centred around thisparticular Vaishnava religioustradition, officially known asthe Brahma-Madhva-GaudiyaSampradaya, with templesdevoted to Radha andKrishna or Gaura-Nitaithroughout; however, thereis a sizeable Muslimpopulation in the historicalcentre, previously calledMiyapur.
  4. 4. In September 2012 all of thedevotees at Mayapur had awonderful festival for SrimatiRadharani, including beautifuldramas, gift offerings, amazingdecorations, abhishek, andsumptuous bhoga offerings.Many devotees from all aroundIndia came to attend theprogram and glorify SrimatiRadhrani, the festivities seemedto be much greater than evenJanmastami!
  5. 5. Sri Panchatatva for Mayapur
  6. 6. Sri Sri Radha Madhava with Asta Sakhi
  7. 7. Radha on the right with Krishna her consort.They are usually worshipped together.Mayapur Chandradoya Mandir
  8. 8. Sri Panchatatva for Mayapur
  9. 9. Sri Panchatatva for Mayapur
  10. 10. Sri Sri Radha Madhava with Asta Sakhi
  11. 11. Sri Sri Radha Madhava with Asta Sakhi
  12. 12. Text & pictures: Internet Copyright: All the images belong to their authors Arangement: Sanda Foişoreanu www.slideshare.net/michaelasandaSound: Kaun kehta hai bhagwan aate nahi
  13. 13. Radha, also called Radhika, Radharani and Radhikarani, is the childhood friend and loverof Krishna in the Brahma Vaivarta Purana, and the Gita Govinda of the Vaisnava traditions ofHinduism. Radha is almost always depicted alongside Krishna and features prominentlywithin the theology of todays Gaudiya Vaishnava sect, which regards Radha as the originalGoddess or Shakti. Radha is also the principal object of worship in the Nimbarka Sampradaya,as Nimbarka, the founder of the tradition, declared that Radha and Krishna togetherconstitute the absolute truth. Radhas relationship with Krishna is given in further detailwithin texts such as the Brahma Vaivarta Purana, Garga Samhita and Brihad Gautamiyatantra.Radha is often referred to as Radhika in speech, prefixed with the respectful term Srimati bydevout followers. The Bengali saint Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486–1534) is believed by many(see especially the modern-day ISKCON movement) to be an incarnation of both Radha andKrishna, simultaneously in one form. Throughout his life, Chaitanya lived as a devotee ofVaishnava tradition, not openly claiming to be any form of Avatar, but in his biographies it isclaimed that he revealed his divine form to some of his closer associates.Radha Ashtami is celebrated as the birthday of Radha. This year Radha Ashtami wascelebrated on 23rd September 2012. Radha was found on floating on a lotus in a river by herfather Vrishbhanu. Radha was adopted by Vrishbhanu as his daughter and that day iscelebrated as Radha Ashtami. Radha was the lover of Lord Krishna and was the top mostfavorite of Lord Krishna. The love story of Radha Krishna is most famous. Radha is believed to beelder by Lord Krishna by 11 months. But their love was eternal and is looked upon as anexample by all the devotees. Women would observe fast on Radha Ashtami and would eat afterthe sunset. It is believed that by worshiping Radha one would please Lord Krishna.Radha Ashtami is celebrated across India in all the Lord Sri Krishna temples. The celebrationsof Radha Ashtami at Mayapur are very famous.

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