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Jaipur celebrates Radha Ashtami with devotional singing and Radha Lila performances
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 03 Sep 2014

In Jaipur, the devotees of Divine Feminine Radharani celebrated the festival of Radha Ashtami by visiting various temples dedicated to Radha-Krishna and organizing Radha Lilas. Devotees thronged Govindadevji Temple, Ladhaliji Temple, Madan Mohan Temple and ISKCON Temple to pay homage to Radha on her birthday on September 2 this year.

The festival was marked by Kishori Utsav and Khushi Ucchal ceremony at Govindadevji Temple and girls performed Radha Lilas through dance and drama. Various Braves organizations, such as Bruiser Manual, Bhartiya Lok Kala Sanstha, Brajchandra Bihari Sankirtan Mandal, held devotional singing programmes to mark the day. Jayadeva Goswami's Gita Govinda, that depicts the spiritual love affair between the divine Krishna and his devotee Radha, was a common basis for Radha Lila performances.

The followers of Krishna Consciousness Movement spent the day in chanting and dancing, which are believed not to be part of material world but transcendental activities. Many followers wore orange clothes, the colour that was dear to Radha. It is believed that Radha and Krishna used to dance with most graceful elegance and sing with most melodious voice.

Radha is held as divine feminine energy by her devotees giving her metaphysical status and Radha-worship as a way to liberation. According to Swami Krishnanandaji of Divine Life Society, to understand the relationship between Radha and Krishna, you have to surrender and lose yourself completely in the love of God. He says that unless we shed the curtain of untruth completely and stand uncovered before the glory of God as pure spirits, we won't be able to understand the 'Divine love' between Radha and Krishna.