Appearance of Srimati Radhika

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Bengali class on Sri Radhastami
13 September 2013, part 2

 

This day we sing the kirtan, "Radhika-charana-padma, sakala sreyera sadma—the lotus feet of Sri Radha are the abode of all auspiciousness, the supreme goal of life." If you pray at the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani, you will get the highest auspiciousness. It is necessary to worship Her lotus feet with greatest care.

She appeared on this day in Raval. Mother Kirtida and King Vrisabhanu lived in Raval, near Gokula. When we go to Vrindavan, we go there every year. Varshana is not the actual birthplace. We often say that Varshana is the birthplace of Srimati Radharani, but they came there later—Her birthplace is in Raval.

One day, King Vrisabhanu went to bathe in the Yamuna. Suddenly, he saw a large lotus coming towards him—he waited for the lotus at the bank and when it floated to him, he saw a beautiful girl of bright complexion lying in it. He took the girl home and as soon as Kirtida Maiya saw the girl, she got the same feeling like a pregnant lady who had just given birth to a child, but actually the child came floating in the Yamuna. This is how Srimati Radharani appeared.

When everybody heard that King Vrisabhanu had got a daughter, everybody came to his house. When Radharani appeared though, She was blind—She had promised before that both She and Krishna would come in Dvapar-yuga, but She said to Krishna, "I will not see any man's face," and Krishna replied, "All right, You will be born blind and You will see My face first." For that, when She was born blind.

Then, when King Vrisabhanu and Mother Kirtida arranged a festival in honour of their child's appearance, they invited everybody to their house including Mother Yasoda and Nanda Maharaj. Mother Yasoda and Nanda Maharaj came to their house with Krishna who was only fifteen days old at that time. When everybody was busy talking, Krishna crawled to the cradle of Srimati Radharani and began to swing it. Everybody said, "Oh, the Lord has given you such a beautiful girl, but He did not give Her eyes—Her eyes are closed." Then, suddenly Mother Yasoda said, "Where has my Krishna gone? Where is my son?"—everybody began to search for Him. Then, they went to the room where Radharani's cradle was, and they saw that both Krishna and Radharani were laughing—Radharani was looking at Krishna, and Krishna was looking at Radharani. Everybody said, "Krishna has blessed Her by giving Her eyes!"

This the brief story of Srimati Radhika. Jay Srimati Radharani ki jay. Raja Vrisabhanu ki jay. Kirtida Maiya ki jay.

 

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