Radha Ashtami, observed on the Ashtami Tithi of Shukla Paksha in Bhadrapada month, holds a significant place in the Hindu calendar. Coinciding with this day are two auspicious yogas, Saubhagya Yoga and Shobhan Yoga, enhancing the spiritual benefits of worship. This year, Radha Ashtami falls on 23rd September. Devotees believe that observing a fast and offering prayers to Lord Krishna with Radha on this day fills life with happiness.
Detailed Rituals for Observing Radha Ashtami
To perform the rituals, wake up early, bathe, and begin the worship of Radha ji and Lord Krishna. Devotees fast throughout the day and eat fruits once. The idol of Radha-Krishna is bathed with Panchamrit and beautifully decorated. A mandap is prepared with five colored powders and a sixteen-petal lotus yantra is drawn inside it.
The idol of Shri Radha-Krishna is placed on a decorated seat within the lotus mandap, facing west. Devotees then offer prayers, perform worship, and conduct aarti with deep devotion. The auspicious time for Radha ji’s worship is from 11 am to 1.30 pm. This sacred observance allows individuals to immerse themselves in divine love and seek blessings for success and prosperity.