Radha Krishna: The whole world has read their stories. They are worshipped everywhere in India as well as overseas. The name has been mentioned in many incidents, like whenever we compare someone’s love with this name. We understand its power when we preach. This name is representative of the feminine as well as masculinity, especially in Hinduism. They are worshipped in many names like Shyama Shyam, Keshavi Keshav, Gopika Gopinath, Kishori Kishore, and many more.
There have been established many temples by their names, such as Murlidhar Temple, Swaminarayan Mandir, Gadhada, Radha Rani Temple, Prem Mandir, and many more. Their name has been an important substance in the Upanishad. Many famous festivals are dedicated to them, like Holi, Janmasthami, Gopashtami, Kartik Purnima, and more. Being important, there have been many stories around them. Let’s know about this deity of love in detail.
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The emergence of Radha and Krishna
We all know that Radha is considered the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and Krishna as the Lord Vishnu. Many believe that the Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi are referred to Radha-Krishna’s previous life. Let’s know each other’s emergence respectively. Puran tells us about Radha’s born on Ashtami Tithi of the Bhadrapad month. This is why we celebrate Radha Ashtami across the world. The well-known story of Radha’s birth has been circulated everywhere.
The story tells us that Radha was born in Rawal Village in Mathura district as the daughter of Vrishabhanu and Kirti. She wasn’t born from her mother’s womb. When Kirti gave birth to a baby girl, Radha entered her body. And this is why she is also known as Ayonija. On the other hand, Krishna was born by destiny in the wealthy family of king Vasudev and queen Devki in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, after the death of 7 children. He was born on the 8th day of the Bhadrapada month as the 8th son of Vasudeva and Devki. This is why we celebrate Janmashtami. He was later raised by Nandaraj and his wife, Yashoda, as the foster parents.
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Radha Krishna Love Story
We cannot think of Krishna without Radha because both of them are incomplete without each other. Their love stories are reciprocated around the whole world. There are some interesting stories about their love. It was decided in their previous life that they would be lovers in the next life and also confront separation from each other.
When Krishna was 4 years old, he went to the field with his father. To surprise his father, he created a thunderstorm. The rain really started, and he was frightened subsequently. With worries, his father handed over the child to a beautiful woman to take care of. The surprising incident happened then. Krishna changed himself as a young person and appeared in front of the woman with a peacock on the head and flute in the hands. He asked the woman if she knows the events of her previous life. The woman gave confirmation and expressed herself as Radha.
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When Krishna used to play the flute at lakeside in Vrindavan, Radha was captivated by the tune and ran to him. It is believed that they are not separate from each other rather, they signify spiritual love and devotion. It is surprising to know that they never married, but their love prevailed all over the world. Many reasons are there for not marrying each other. Some believe that love and marriage were totally different.
Their love was selfless emotion rather than being physical. There is another belief that tells us about Radha’s perspective. Radha, being a cowgirl, never wanted to marry him. Another perspective from Krishna explains that they considered each other as a single soul. So, it was not possible for him to marry his own soul.
What happened after Radha Died
According to the scriptures, when Radha saw that Krishna married Rukmini and Satyabhama, there was no retaliation rather, she was appointed as Devika there. To feel the spiritual connection between them, she used to go away far away from the palace. On the last day of Radha’s death, she demanded Krishna to play the flute. Krishna did that obediently. She had been very weak in her last days.
He played the flute all day and night. Radha left her body with the mesmerising tune of the flute. Her body spiritually merged with Krishna. After Radha’s death, Krishna broke his flute and threw it into the jungle. Their symbolic love ended with tragedy. Since then, we haven’t got any information about Krishna playing the flute or any instruments.
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Works on Radha Krishna
Many books have been written on them. Some of the texts are discussed here as follows. Gita Govinda, written by Jayadeva in the 12th century, depicts the love between Radha and Krishna. The other texts where their names are found are Radhopnishad of Rig Veda, Shiva Puran, Brahmanda Puran, Padma Puran, Skanda Puran, etc. Many well-known writers such as Nimbarkacharya, Vidyapati, Chandidas, Surdas have penned on their love stories. They believed that Radha was the feminine form of Krishna himself. Many philosophers argue that Radha is the origin of all gopis.
It’s always been interesting to hear about Radha Krishna. Vrindavan has been dedicated to them. If you go there, you will come to know many unheard stories of them. Their enchanting love story has been an attraction to the place. It’s interesting to see pictures sticking on the wall in many Hindu families. Whether you hear their untold stories or not, you will definitely come across the word, Rasa-Lila where Krishna used to playfully with the Gopis.
He was famous for this, but the genuine love between Radha and Krishna prevailed over the years. Though they are different entities, both are worshipped together. They are identified as one because we have made them an indifferent deity. They cannot be split rather, and their untold stories are inspiring many every day. Radha is considered the supreme goddess and equal to Krishna, and that is why they are collectively called as Radha-Krishna.