Radha Ashtami is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Goddess Radha. It falls on Ashtami Tithi during Shukla paksha of Bhadrapada month. Radha Ashtami is also known as Radha Jayanti or Radhashtami. This festival is celebrated mainly by devotees of Krishna, especially with great enthusiasm in her birthplace of Barsana. This is also an important festival in ISKCON temples all over the country as well as abroad. This day dedicates the selfless bond of love between Sri Krishna and Radha, a unique connection between humans and God.
Radha Ashtami Date and Tithi
Date in 2020
Wednesday, 26 August 2020.
Ashtami Tithi Begins – 12:21 PM on 25 August 2020;
Ashtami Tithi Ends – 10:39 AM on 26 August 2020
Date in 2021
Tuesday, 14 September 2021.
Ashtami Tithi Begins – 03:10 PM on 13 September 2021;
Ashtami Tithi Ends – 01:09 PM on 14 September 2021.
Radha Ashtami falls 15 days after Janmashtami, the birth anniversary of Sri Krishna. Devotees keep fast and worship Radha-Krishna on this auspicious day.
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Radha Ashtami in Barsana
Radha Ashtami is celebrated as a major festival in Barsana – the birthplace of Radha. Also in Braj and Vrindavan; this festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm. On this day, Radha Krishna icons are traditionally dressed entirely in flowers. Additionally, Radha Ashtami is the only day on which devotees may receive darshan of Radha’s feet. On all other days, they remain covered.
Famous Temples to celebrate Radha Ashtami
Here is a list of some famous temples; you should visit during Radha Ashtami. You can visit any Radha-Krishna temple nearby to observe Radha Ashtami.
- Shri Radha Rani Temple, Barsana
- Shri Radhavallabh Mandir, Vrindavan
- Shri Bankey Bihari Ji Temple and Vrindavan Sneh Bihari Temple (Vrindavan)
- Prem Mandir, Vrindavan
- Nidhivan Temple
- Shri Krishna Balaram Mandir (ISKCON), Vrindavan
- Gopi Nath Temple
- Krishna janmabhoomi temple
- Radha Kund, Mathura
- Dwarkadhish Temple
Radha Ashtami vrat Katha
Radha was the daughter of Vrishabhanu Gopa. Radhaji’s mother’s name was Keerthi. In Padma Purana, Radha is described as the daughter of King Vrishabhanu. According to this scripture, when the king was clearing the land for the yajna, then he got Radha in the form of Dharti(Land). The king considered this girl his daughter and brought it up. There is also the legend that Lord Vishnu had asked other members of his family to incarnate on earth while taking birth in Krishna avatar, then Lakshmi ji, wife of Vishnu, came to Earth as Radha. According to the Brahma Vaivarta Purana, Radha was the friend of Shri Krishna. But she was married to a person named Rapan or Rayan. It is said that Radhaji became an adult at the time of her birth to be the lover of Shri Krishna.
- Retire from morning bath.
- After this, make a mandala under the pavilion and install clay or copper Kalas in its center.
- Now install a statue of Radha Ji equipped with clothes on this vessel.
- After that, worship Radhaji with shodashopachaar.
- Keep in mind that the time of worship should be exactly midday.
- After the puja; one can keep complete fast or can take swastika food once.
- Regularly chant Radha Gayatri Mantra.
- On the second day, give food to Brahmins and give them Dakshina.
Radha Ashtami puja vidhi
Devotees observe fast on the day of Radha Ashtami with a pure heart. The idol of Radhaji is bathed with panchamrit and after bathing, she is adorned. Install a beautiful idol made of gold or any other metal of Radha in the Deity. Worship Radha Ji with reverence and devotion during the mid-day. After doing aarti with incense and lamp etc., the bhog is performed at the end. In many texts, Radha and Krishna are worshiped jointly on the day of Radha Ashtami.
According to this, firstly Radhaji should take a bath with Panchamrit and make her duly adorned. On this day, the leaves of 27 trees and the water of 27 logs should be collected in the temples. Basic peace should be made with a hundred mind milk, curd, pure ghee and boora, and medicines. On the day of Radha Ashtami, devotees recite different names of Goddess Radha and also chant the ‘Radha Gayatri Mantra’.
Radha ashtami Mantra
Radha Gayatri Mantra
!! Om Vrashbhanujaye Vidmahe !!
!! Krishnapriyaye Dhimahi !!
!! Tanno Radha Prachodayat !!
राधा गायत्री मंत्र !! ॐ वृषभानुज्यै विधमहे !! !! कृष्णप्रियायै धीमहि !! !! तन्नो राधा प्रचोदयात !!
Radha Ashtami Aarti
श्री वृषभानुसुता की |मंजु मूर्ति मोहन ममताकी || टेक ||
aarati shri vrshabhaanusuta ki | manju moorti mohan mamataaki || tek ||
तापयुत संसृति नाशिनि,विमल विवेकविराग विकासिनि |
trividh taapayut sansrti naashini,vimal vivekaviraag vikaasini |
प्रभु पद प्रीति प्रकाशिनि,सुन्दरतम छवि सुन्दरता की ||
paavan prabhu pad preeti prakaashini,sundaratam chhavi sundarata ki ||
मुनि मन मोहन मोहन मोहनि,मधुर मनोहर मूरती सोहनि |
अविरलप्रेम अमिय रस दोहनि,प्रिय अति सदा सखी ललिताकी ||
muni man mohan mohan mohani,madhur manohar moorati sohani |
aviralaprem amiy ras dohani,priy ati sada sakhee lalitaaki ||
संतत सेव्य सत मुनि जनकी,आकर अमित दिव्यगुन गनकी,
आकर्षिणी कृष्ण तन मनकी,अति अमूल्य सम्पति समता की ||
sant seva sat muni jaanakee, aao aur amit divyagun gunaki,
akshishani krshn tan manakee, ati amooly sampati samata ki ||
कृष्णात्मिका, कृषण सहचारिणि,चिन्मयवृन्दा विपिन विहारिणि |
जगज्जननि जग दुःखनिवारिणि,आदि अनादिशक्ति विभुताकी ||
krshnaatmika, krshan sahachaarini, chinmayavrnda vipin vihaarini |
jagajjanani jag duhkhanivaarini, aadi anaadishy vibhutaaki ||
Importance and Significance
Radha Ashtami vrat brings happiness and prosperity in life. By chanting Radha Gayatri mantra and Aarti; devotees will overcome all his obstacles, attain the materialistic desires and finally attain salvation. Radha Ashtami fast and worshipping Radha-Krishna; the person will free from all his/her sins. According to Hindu scriptures, if the worship of Shri Radha is not done; the devotee does not even have the right to worship Shri Krishna. As Radha is the life energy of Lord Krishna. So Radha and Krishna exist together and are referred to as ‘Radhakrishna’.