Radhastami in New Vrindaban’s Mountainside Splendor
By Anadi Radha dasi
On September 9th, ISKCON New Vrindaban is planning exuberant festivities for the auspicious appearance day of Srimati Radharani. Radharani is the chief associate of Lord Krsna and is also an expansion of the Lord Himself as His internal potency. Her appearance day is one of most significant festivals celebrated amongst the Gaudiya Vaisnavas and marks the once in a year opportunity to take darshan of Radharani’s lotus feet, unveiled for all devotees to see.
The festival will begin early in the morning at the Radha Vrindaban Chandra Temple with Mangal Arati at 5:00am, Greeting of the Deities and Guru Puja at 7:30am, followed by Srimad Bhagavatam class given by His Holiness Varsana Swami.
A special program at Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir will start from 11:30am with His Holiness Varsana Swami. Varsana Maharaj will walk devotees through the sweet pastimes of Srimati Radharani with kirtan followed by a feast cooked by the local Brijabasis.
In the evening, there will be another celebration at Radha Vrindaban Chandra’s temple from 5:00pm with an abhiseka and a class given by His Holiness Bhakti Sundar Goswami. After class, devotees will have the opportunity to write an offering to Srimati Radharani attached to a balloon, which will reach to Her lotus feet. We anticipate everyone ecstatically dancing in kirtan and joyfully chanting to celebrate this blissful occasion before honoring the incredible feast prepared for Her pleasure.
We are very much looking forward in hosting this event. If you have yet to see Sri Sri Radha Vrindaban Chandra’s lotus feet in New Vrindaban, please come and take darshan and enjoy these wonderful festivities. The sweetness involved will be immeasurable.