Radhashtami 2020: know auspicious time and importance
Sri Radha Ashtami festival is celebrated every year on the eighth day of the bright half of the month of Bhadrapada. This year, this festival is being celebrated on 26 August 2020. On the day of Ashtami, Krishna's child companion, Jagjanani Bhagwati Shakti Radhaji was born.
Radhashtami is celebrated on the eighth day of the bright fortnight (shukla paksha ashtami) in the month of Bhadra (August – September). It is a very significant festival for the devotees. Radharani is the mother of the entire universe and on this auspicious day devotees pray to Her to bless them with Krishna-bhakti.
On this auspicious occasion the Deities of Sri Radha Krishnachandra are adorned with a new dress. The altar is decorated with brilliant, colourful flowers which spread their fragrance everywhere.
In the evening, the utsava Deities of Sri Radha Krishnachandra receive a splendid abhisheka. Devotees perform kirtanas and glorify Srimati Radharani by singing wonderful songs composed by Vaishnava Acharyas. Hundreds of devotees visit the temple to witness the celebrations. The Deities are bathed with milk, curd, ghee, honey and jaggery water followed by juices from varieties of fruits like muskmelon, apple, watermelon, pineapple, pomegranate, orange, sweet lime, papaya, grapes, etc.
An elaborate arati is performed as the devotees sing Sri Radhikastava. After the arati, the Deities are bathed with sanctified water from 108 kalashas. This is followed by the showering of different varieties of flowers. After the abhisheka, chappan bhog (56 varieties of delicacies prepared by devotees) is offered to Sri Radha Krishnachandra.
Radhaashtami Puja Muhurat-
This year Ashtami Tithi of Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapad month starts on August 26, 2020, Tuesday at 12.21 minutes, which is August 26,
It will be 10. 39 minutes on Wednesday. Shri Krishna dear Radha ji was born in the afternoon, therefore worshiping in the afternoon is considered to be the best.
Sri Krishna's personality is incomplete without Radha. If Radha is removed from Sri Krishna, then Shri Krishna's personality would be melodious. The reason for Radha is Sri Krishna Rakeshwar. Let's know how to do Radhashtami fast: -
Radhashtami fast worship method-
- Retire from morning bath.
- After this, make a mandala under the pavilion and install clay or copper urn in its center.
- Place a copper vessel on the urn.
- Now install a gold (if possible) statue of Radha ji equipped with robes on this vessel.
- After that worship Radhaji with Shodashopchar.
- Keep in mind that the time of worship should be exactly midday.
- After fasting, complete fast or have a meal.
- On the second day, according to the devotees, provide food to Suhagin women and Brahmins and give them Dakshina.