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Radhashtami The Divine Appearance of Shrimati Radharani

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Radhashtami is the celebration of the advent of Shrimati Radharani in this world over five thousand years ago. Lord Krishna is the male aspect of God, the energetic source of the supreme energy, and Shrimati Radharani is the female aspect, the energy. So when Krishna descends, Shrimati Radharani also descends.

On this day in particular, we have to get the mercy of Radha in order to get Krishna’s mercy. Radharani is simultaneously the personification of devotion for Krishna, as well as the ideal example of what being a devotee means. The word “Radha” comes from the word aradhana (worship), and so Her name indicates that She possesses the topmost method of worship and devotion to Krishna.

As Prabhupada pointed out on Radhashtami in London in 1973:

“Anyone who comes before Radharani to serve Krishna, she becomes so pleased, “Oh, here is a devotee of Krishna,” She immediately recommends that person, “Krishna, here is a devotee. He is better than me”. This is Radharani. I may not be a devotee. I may be the most fallen rascal. But if I try to reach Krishna through Radharani, then my business is successful…[On this day], we should offer pushpanjali [flowers] and pray, “Radharani, kindly be merciful and tell about me to Krishna. Krishna is yours.” Krishna is not independent. Krishna is Radharani’s property. So you have to approach Krishna though Radharani. Today is an auspicious day. Worship Radharani very nicely and be happy.”

Festival Schedule (subject to change) for Bhaktivedanta Manor

Wednesday 15 September 2010

4.30am – Mangal Arati [ceremony of worship]

7am – Shrila Prabhupada Guru Puja [worship of the guru]

7.30am – Greeting of Their Lordships (flower outfit)

7.35am – Shri Radhika-stava and bhajan [hymn]

8.15am – Skit: “The Box” by Varshabhanavi devi dasi

8:30am – Class by H.H. Jayadvaita Swami

10am – Abhishek [bathing of the Deities)

11am – Bhajans by Chakrini devi dasi & the Gurukul (Manor School Alumni) team

Noon – Bhog Arati song

12.30pm – Midday Arati – 108 offerings (second-initiated brahman cooks only)

1pm – Gift Ceremony for Shrimati Radharani

2pm – Feast

4.30pm Pushpa [flower] Abhishek or Swing Festival of small Radha & Krishna Deities

7pm – Gaura Arati

7.40pm – Shyam Dance by the Gurukulis in the Theatre

8pm – Bhajans by Pranabandhu das’s Temple Band

9pm – Charan Darshan (viewing of the lotus feet of Shrimati Radharani) & distribution of Maha-cake (offered to Radharani)

* Note: NO PHOTOS (Taking photos during this viewing is strictly prohibited)

9pm – Bhajans continue until approximately 10.30pm

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