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Radha Ashtami Mahalaxmi Vrat

Radha Ashtami Mahalaxmi Vrat

Radha Ashtami Mahalakshmi Vrat is also known as Mahalakshmi puja. This is the day when people observe fast to please Goddess Radha who is an incarnation of Shri Mahalakshmi. It is said that the people who worship Goddess Radha with full devotion always have the benign grace of Lord Krishna upon them and their family.

Significance
This auspicious day is also known as the ‘appearance day’ of Goddess Radha. It is believed that being an eternal and virtuous soul, she never takes birth nor she dies. On Radha Ashtami, people observe fast and perform Mahalakshmi puja for Shri Mahalakshmi or Laxmi, the Goddess.

When
This day is celebrated after 15 days of Janmashtami (birthday of Lord Krishna). Radha Ashtami falls on the eighth day of Shukla Paksha (Dark phase) in the holy month of Bhadrapada (August- September).

Legend
It is believed that the Goddess Radha (an incarnation of Laxmi) was found lying on the leaves of the lotus flower in a pond in Barsana, a popular suburb in Mathura, by a couple named Vrisha Bhanu and Kirti (or Kalavati). This couple was known to be the partial depictions of Lord Narayana and Goddess Lakshmi.

Radha Ashtami Mahalakshmi Vrat is celebrated by the devotees who believe Lord Krishna to be their sacred deity. To understand the importance of this day one needs to eliminate all bad feelings from one’s inner soul. This festival is symbolic of a beautiful blend of a single human soul with the universal God soul.

Rituals and Observations
On Radha Ashtami, beautiful idols of Lord Krishna or Shri Krishna and Radha are adorned with beautiful jewels and people offer prayers to them to show their love and respect for the holy divine couple. On this day, people are not allowed to chant her holy name or take dip in the Radha-Kund or Radha Pond as these actions are believed to be disliked by her. Her followers have to wait religiously till midnight to chant her holy name and then take a holy bath in the pond.
It is believed that on this day devotees of Goddess Radha get a chance to view her beautiful lotus feet which otherwise remain covered. If anyone observes a fast on this day, they are said to be freed from all their past sins and mistakes they have committed. It is a means to obtain immense amount of peace and satisfaction not only in this life or on this planet but also in heaven. The day witnesses joy and happiness all around and divine chants fill the environment with merriment.

Various cultural and religious programs are organized on this holy day in Mahalakshmi temple for Laxmi, the goddess. Radha Ashtami is also celebrated with full vigour in Vrindavan. The city takes the shape of a bride on this day. Enthusiasm is at its peak and everyone gets indulged in celebrations with a lot of happiness and devotion. The Mahalakshmi templeis decked with flowers, bhog of laddoos (a sweet made of flour and sugar is served at festive or religious occasions) is offered to Radha. Chappan Bhog (holy food prepared and consumed by devotees) is also offered to Goddess Radha. This holy preparation is then offered to peacocks.

 

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