The Radhashtami Puja - Worship Of Radha Devi


Srimati Radharani appeared on the eight day of the waxing moon of Hrsikesha (Bhadra) mase, at noon.

One should conduct the worship at noon time. One may construct a mandapa (pavilion) with a vedi (altar), or raised platform, decorate it with colored flags, four doors, banana trees, kumbhas, flowers and surround it with red string.

On the vedi one should draw a sarvatobhadra mandala, and establish a kumbha wound with threads on it. The kumbha should be filled with water, jewels and herbs and decorated with leaves and flowers.

One should establish a conch according to the rules and sprinkle water everywhere reciting the mula mantra of Radha (Shrim Raam Radhikaya namah).

In the eight directions establish pots, starting from the east side, containing sarvausadhi, mahausadhi, bijastaka, navaratna, flowers, fruit, gandha, and chandana water. Water from the pot on the sarvatobhadra mandala should be sprinkled on these pots. One should then perform the puja of Srimati Radhika, or of Sri Sri Radha and Krsna with the regular sixteen items, and as well one may rub sesame and poppy seed powder over Her body before the bath. One may bathe her in panchamrta. Then one should bathe Srimati Radharani in the water from the eight pots starting from the eastern pot.

After the bath one should offer cloth, ornaments, gandha, flowers, incense, lamps, naivedyam, aratrika, stutis, pranamas and circumambulation, as described in the puja manuals.

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