Radha Ashtami 2017: What is Radha Ashtami? Why is it celebrated?
Radha Ashtami 2017 is commemorated as birth anniversary of Goddess Radha, the consort of Lord Krishna. It falls on Ashtami Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month.
What is Radha Ashtami?
Radha Ashtami is celebrated 15 days after ‘Janmashtami', the birth anniversary of Sri Krishna. It falls on the eighth day of the ShuklaPaksha in the month of Bhadrapad. It is also known as Radhashtami and Radha Jayanti.
History behind celebrating ‘Radha Ashtami’?
According to the folklore, When Lord Vishnu took ‘avatar' as Krishna, Goddess Laxmi appeared as ‘Radharani'. This day marks the birth anniversary of Radharani.
Mantra to be chanted on this day?
"Aum Vrashbahnujaye Vidmahe, Krishnapriyaye Dheemahi Tanno Radha Prachodyat"
What do devotees do?
Devotees keep fast on Radha Asthami day. Devotee then offers, ‘Dhoop', incense sticks, ‘Kukmkum', ‘roli', ‘Akshat', flowers and ‘Shringaar' items to the idols. Goddess Radha is worshipped during Madhyahna Kala which is noon time.