Sri Lalita Devi grants mercy to devotees on Her appearance day

Lalita ShastiSri Lalita is one of principle gopi (friend) of Srimati Radharani. At the temple altar, she is present on right hand side to Sri Rasabihariji, offering jewelery or flowers to the Sri Sri Radha Rasabihariji. This year Lalita- shasti – her appearance day was celebrated on 3 September 2011.

Her mother is Saradi, her father is Visoka, and her husband is Bhairava. She has the complexion of garocana, a type of yellow pigment. She wears cloth that is sikhi-piccha, like peacock feathers. Her kunja (grove) is called Lalitananda and is to the north of Radha Kunda.

It is radid, colored like lightning. Its features are studded with rubies. Her special seva is tambula, supplying betel nuts to the Divine Couple. She is eternally 14 years, 8 months and 27 days old–which means that Lalita is 27 days older than Srimati Radharani.

Her chief assistant is Rupa-manjari. Lalita's eight closest girlfriends are Ratna-prabha, Rati-kala, Subhadra, Bhadra-rekhika, Sumukhi, Dhanistha, Kala-hamsi and Kalapini.

Lalita is the leader of the asta-sakhis. Like her father, she is extremely magnanimous. She instigates the pastimes of the Divine Couple. As clever and mischievous as Krsna may be in His approach to Srimati Radharani, Lalita is more clever and obliges Him to behave nicely to Sri Radha.

She fashions amazing creations with flowers–awnings, dancing arenas, umbrellas, couches and bowers. Lalita is a conjuror, expert in magic tricks and juggling. In Gaura-lila she is Svarupa Damodara Gosvami. About Lalita it is said radhe tava priya-sakhim ca gurum sakhinam, "Oh Radhe! Your dear companion Lalita is the guru of all the gopis."

Rupa manjari (Rupa Goswami) is the assistant and follower of Lalita-sakhi; thus all who consider themselves as Rupanuga bhaktas (followers of Rupa Goswami) are ultimately the servants of lalita-devi and thus through the media of the parampara should always be longing to engage in the service of her lotus feet. When that day comes that we are able to please her, she will engage us in the intimate loving service of Sri Sri radha-Krsna according to our heart's desire.

Lalita-sakhi incarnated as Svarupa Damodara in the pastimes of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu and acted as his personal secretary. In fact, no one could approach or present anything to Gauranga Mahaprabhu without his sanction.