Iskcon Chennai celebrates Radhashtami on 17th September

 

Iskcon Chennai celebrates

Radhashtami in 17th September

at Its Radha Krishna temple ECR ,Akkarai .

The deities will be adorned with special flower dress .

 

 

Program schedule is as follows

10.00 am :Bhajans
11.15 am : Abhishek
12.00 pm : lecture on the appearance of Srimati Radha Rani
12.30 pm : Arati
01.00 pm : Prasadam

Kindly attend this auspicious festival and Smt Radharani’s mercy .

Donation in kind and cash welcome .


Srimati Radharani’s Appearance

Srimati Radharani is the eternal consort of Lord Krishna. Five thousand years ago, when Lord Krishna came to this planet to perform His pastimes, Srimati Radharani also appeared. This year we celebrate her appearance on September 17th 2018 Monday . This special day is known as Radhashtami.

The following is adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Varshana Swami:

“On a half-moon night in the month of Bhadra, King Vrishabhanu came to the Jamuna to bathe and found himself engulfed in a golden aura, the golden aura of pure love. It was emanating from a lotus, which had a baby girl standing on its whorl. When the king returned to the palace with the baby, Queen Kirtida was delighted. She was also shocked that the girl was blind.

“Lord Krishna’s mother, Yashoda, heard that her best friend Kirtida had a baby, so she came to visit along with her husband and her son. Krishna crawled up to the cradle and pulled Himself up and looked in. At that moment, Srimati Radharani’s eyes fluttered and opened wide and blossomed like lotuses. It seems that she did not want to see anything of this world, only the form of Sri Krishna. Everyone was delighted.

“Srimati Radharani is the mother of the universe, the spiritual mother of all souls. And the concept of mother is the most sacred symbol—that of purity, selflessness, caring, sharing, nurturing, and love. That is why our sacred mantra is the holy names. It is the holy names in the vocative. Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
“‘Hare’ means ‘Radhe.’ It is a plaintive, desperate cry for the mother. ‘Radhe! Please wake us up from this nightmare of mortal life! Remind us of the father we have forgotten and take us home!’”

In the Krishna consciousness movement, devotees carefully worship Srimati Radharani as the bestower of devotional service to Krishna, by attentively chanting her name in the maha-mantra, by worshiping her deity form, and by following the instructions of the most merciful Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is the combined form of Radha and Krishna.

“(Therefore) Radha is parama-devata, the supreme goddess, and She is worshipable for everyone. She is the protectress of all, and She is the mother of the entire universe.” —Caitanya Caritamrita, Adi 4.89

 

Srimati Radharani’s Artistic Qualities

Singing

Playing on musical instruments

Dancing

Theatricals

Painting

Painting the face and body with colored unguents and cosmetics

Preparing offerings from rice and flowers

Making a covering of flowers for a bed

Applying preparations for cleansing the teeth, cloths, and painting the body

Making the groundwork of jewels

Covering the bed

Playing on music in water

Splashing with water

Practically applying an admixture of colors

Designing a preparation of wreaths

Practically setting the coronet on the head

Practically dressing in the tiring room

Decorating the tragus of the ear

Practical application of aromatics

Applying or setting ornaments

Jugglery

Kaucumara – a kind of art

Art of sleight of hand

Preparing varieties of salad, bread, cake and delicious food

Practically preparing palatable drinks and tinging draughts with red color

Needleworks and weaving

Playing with thread

Playing on lute and small x-shaped drum

Making and solving riddles

Caping or reciting verse for verse as a trial for memory or skill

Practicing language difficult to be answered by others

Reciting books

Enacting short plays and anecdotes

Solving enigmatic verses

Designing preparation of shield, cane and arrows

Spinning by spindle

Carpentry

Engineering

Testing silver and jewels

Metallurgy

Mineralogy

Practicing medicine or medical treatment, by herbs

Knowing the mode of fighting of lambs, cocks, and birds

Maintaining or knowing conversation between male and female cockatoos

Healing or cleaning a person with perfumes

Combing hair

Talking with letters and fingers

Fabricating barbarous or foreign sophistry

Knowing provincial dialects

Knowing prediction by heavenly voice or knowing preparation of toy carts by flowers

Mechanics

The use of amulets

Art of conversation

Composing verse mentally

Designing a literary work or a medical remedy

Practicing as a builder of shrines called after him

The use of lexicography and meters

The art of concealment of cloths

Knowing specific gambling

Playing with dice or magnet

Using children’s toys

Enforcing discipline

The art of gaining victory

The art of awakening with music at dawn