Srimati Radharani Extends Her Mercy to All on Radhastami
One of the most auspicious festivals of the year, Radhastami – the appearance day of Srimati Radharani was celebrated on 13 September 2013.
The early morning mangala-arati saw hundreds of devotees visiting the temple for a special and intimate darshan of Srimati Radharani in a yellow sari. Devotees took the Deities of Sri Sri Radha Rasabihariji around in a palanquin for Shobha yatra in Hare Krishna Land followed by Guru puja of Srila Prabhupada.
Loud cheers were heard in the temple hall when the door opened for Sringar darshan and devotees and visitors witnessed Their Lordships in their new blue and cream outfit. HG Devakinandan Das enlightened all present about the glories and pastimes of Srimati Radharani. The discourse was soon followed by Maha-abhishek of Sri Sri Radha Rasabihariji on the main temple altar with sacred substances and flowers and Maha-arati.
In the evening, a packed temple hall waited in anticipation for the most special event of the day – the flower outfit darshan. Well-wishers and devotees toiled hard for days to design and prepare the gorgeous flower dress which left many visitors awestruck. The boat festival which followed thereafter equally thrilled and stunned the visitors who were moved by the sight of the Deities on the boat amidst blue water and colorful flower petals.
An extension of the mercy of Srimati Radharani was the distribution of hot Prasad meal of rice, dal, subji, puri and sweet for visitors and devotees. Hundreds relished the flavor of the Prasad and darshan long after the left the temple.