Radha Ashtami 2023: Know all about its date, significance, puja timings and celebrations

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Radha Ashtami

Hindus celebrate Radha Ashtami, a sacred festival commemorating the birth of Radha, on September 23. This auspicious occasion holds historical significance and involves various joyous celebrations and rituals. Let’s delve into the history and festivities associated with Radha Ashtami 2023. 

Radha Ashtami, or Radhashtami or Radha Jayanti, is a significant and auspicious Hindu festival. It reveres the birth of Radha, the divine consort of Lord Krishna. Devotees celebrate this day with fervent worship, marking the profound bond of love between Radha and Krishna. Typically falling on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the bright half of the Bhadrapada month, in either August or September in the Gregorian calendar, Radha Ashtami is a day of deep devotion and commemoration.

 

Radha Ashtami Date and Time 2023

Here are the key details for Radha Ashtami in 2023:

  • Date: Radha Ashtami will be celebrated on Saturday, September 23, 2023.
  • Ashtami Tithi (Eighth Day):
    • Begins: 01:35 PM on September 22, 2023.
    • Ends: 12:17 PM on September 23, 2023.
  • Madhyahna Time (Midday):
    • From 10:26 AM to 12:52 PM on September 23, 2023.

These timings are significant for those observing Radha Ashtami and can guide their worship and celebrations on this auspicious day.

 

Radha Ashtami Significance

Radha Ashtami holds immense significance in Hinduism as it marks the birth anniversary of Radha Rani, a revered figure. Devotees worldwide celebrate this day with great zeal. Occurring precisely 15 days after Janmashtami, Radha Ashtami commemorates Lord Krishna’s beloved Radha.

According to legend, Radha Ji is a manifestation of the goddess Lakshmi, and Lord Krishna worshipped her devotedly. People believe that Radha first appeared on Earth in the village of Barsana in Mathura 5000 years ago. Vrishbhanu and Kirti lovingly adopted her. 

Radha Ashtami and Radha Jayanti are observed, with North Indian states notably showcasing grand celebrations on this auspicious occasion.

 

Radha Ashtami celebrations

Devotees honor Radharani on the eve of Radha Ashtami. Those desiring the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi may choose to fast on this day. After taking a sacred bath, devotees place the Radha idol at noon and decorate it with flowers and new garments. They offer bhog, dhoop, and shringar to Radharani. All devotees participate in the Radha aarti and receive prasad. Chanting the Radha Gayatri mantra is a widely observed practice during Radha Ashtami.