By Jagadguru Shri Kripaluji Maharaj
In many bhajans and keertans we hear the name of Radha being chanted before the name of Krishna. And yet most people are unfamiliar with Radha. As this is the most auspicious and important day of Radhashtami (Shree Radha’s appearance day), many questions enter the mind. Who is the entity called Radha? Where does She stand in relation to Krishna? Why does Her name always come before Krishna’s? Why should we celebrate Her Birthday?
Radha, the Supreme Goddess, incarnated some 5,000 years ago in the village of Barsana. She is often called “Barsane Vari,” (the one from Barsana), “Bhanudulari” (Daughter of King Vrishabhanu), and Keertikumari (Daughter of Mother Keerti). She is a Friend to the gopis, the milkmaids of Vrindavan. However, She is not to be mistaken as one of them. She is indeed worshipped by the gopis.