Sri Radhastami 2009, SJMKL
Posted by iskconklnews on September 19, 2009
By Baktin Satte
Every year Sri Sri Radhastami is celebrated very grandly at Sri Jagannath Mandir, KL. This year we celebrated Radhastami on the 28th August, 2009. One notable highlight for this year is the festival was organized by all matajis under the leadership of HG Mother Shanti Rupa DD.
Srimati Radharani appeared on the eight day of the waxing moon of Hrisikesha [bhadra] masa, at noon. Among the gopis, Srimati Radhika is the foremost. She surpasses all in beauty, good qualities, good fortune and above all in love. Without the mercy of Srimati Radharani one can never attain Krsna. Therefore one must remember both Sri Krishna and Srimati Radharani together as they are always nicely situated by each other’s side. Sri Krsna says “Oh Narada I tell you truly, again truly, truly again and again without the mercy of Srimati Radharani, one cannot attain my mercy. [Narada Puran].
Fasting on Radhastami is recommended as observing special vratas brings about multiple times more benefit than Ekadasi. One should pray unto her divine Lotus Feet and glorify her auspicious qualities and be immersed in the mood of Barsana during this time.
On the day, the temple was transformed into Vrindavan Dham with beautiful chandeliers and colorful spotlights shinning on them. The altar appeared as a hanging garden with white orchids and green leaves hanging from the ceiling. The backdrop of the presiding deities has uniquely appeared with lots of leaves and crab crawl flowers decorations. It really made one feel that we were transported into another world altogether.
To whom ever I spoke to said that there was some sort of magic or mystical spiritual vibration in the air on that day. Everyone was feeling happy and blissful with the feeling of floating in the air. I am sure that Srimati Radharani’s mercy
was free flowing to put everyone in that kind of spirit on the day.
A devotee who had recently suffered a great loss of her baby, said as she walked into the temple that day, she felt lifted and a blissful feeling came over her to relief her from her months long bereavement. The kitchen saw all assigned matajis turning up in full force and completed the service on time. Many commented that the prasad was delightfully delicious.
Credit also go to the multimedia presentation team on wonderful and various images Radha Krishna deities around the world accompanied by the famous Radhe Naam song that brought smile to the lips and tears to the eyes feeling mesmerized in the beauty of Their Lordships and Their compassion for the fallen souls in this world.
After prasad all adjourned to the temple hall to chant the 108 names of Sri Sri Radharani.[Sri Sri Radhika Astottarasata Nama Stotram], followed by the singing of Radha Kirpa Kataksa and during this time the lights chose to go out. It happened twice and that put every one into great ecstasy, that they felt Srimati Radharani was engaging all in her lila.
The stage performances lined up during that evening was the first ever on a Radhastami festival in SJMKL. We had bhajan and classical number rendered by the temple president and his team followed by a play on 3 pastimes of Radharani organized and performed by matajis. The highlight of the stage show was the dance item performed by the matajis of all age groups to the song titled Radhe Naam that took us on imaginary parikram in the holy Vrndavana Dham and Barsana, the appearance place of Srimati Radharani. This item has engaged everyone in great jubilation. All were seen lapping and beaming with smiles and laughters as they immerse into great spirits and love for Radharani..
It is on this special day that Srimati Radharani decides to gently reveal her beautiful Lotus Feet to whoever gets her mercy to see them. Her Lotus Feet were beautifully decorated with anglets and rings on her toes which were enhanced by the redness of the kumkum on the feet.
The night ended with everyone dancing, singing to the ecstatic kirtan while the swinging of the Lordships and showering of flowers went on. In nutshell, each and everyone had a spiritually wonderful day celebrating the glories of Srimati Radharani on her appearance day. Some commented that this was one of the best Radhastami they have ever had had.
To end it all, heartfelt gratitude is extended to all matajis that came together with full cooperation harmoniously to put up a joyous and successful celebration with the blessing of Sri Sri Radharani.
Srimati Radharani ki Jai,
Srila Prabhupad ki Jai