Radhashtami is celebrated on the eighth day of the bright fortnight (shukla paksha ashtami) in the month of Bhadra (August – September). Radha is the eternal consort of Lord Krishna and when Krishna descended on this earth 5000 yrs ago in Vrindaban Radharani accompanied him in her original form and appeared exactly two weeks after the appearance of Sri Krishna. She was found in a lotus flower by Vrishabhanu and his wife Kirtida near the village Barsana.
Srimati Radharani is highest devotee of Sri Krishna and origin of all the Gopis & of all the Goddesses of Fortune(Lakshmi Devi) who are engaged in the service of the Lord. Radharani is the mother of the entire universe and on this auspicious day devotees observe fast & pray to her to bless them with Krishna-bhakti.
On this auspicious occasion the temple is decoracted with colourful fragrant flowers, festoons and bright lights. The Deities of Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar are adorned with a new dress. In the evening, grand abhisekh of Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar is performed. The Deities are bathed with milk, curd, ghee, honey and jaggery water followed by juices from varieties of fruits. Deities are bathed with sanctified water from 108 kalashas. This is followed by the showering of different varieties of flowers. After the abhisheka, chappan bhog (56 varieties of delicacies prepared by devotees) is offered to Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar.
An elaborate arati is performed as devotees sing Radhikastaka. People from different corner of city visit temple and take part in ecstatic kirtans and dance, all singing glories of Srimati Radharani. A grand Pallakki of Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar is conducted followed by Shayan Arti when deities are put to rest concluding the day.
Radhashtami is an auspicious day for devotees to invoke mercy of Radharani under whose care one can attain perfection in devotional service. When Radharani is pleased Sri Krishna is automatically pleased.