KRISHNA AND RADHA
Radha, daughter of Vrishabhanu, was the favorite mistress of Krishna during that period of his life when he lived among
the cowherds of Vrindavan. Since childhood they were close to
each other - they played, they danced, they fought, and grew up together.
One day, Radha's father asked Krishna to accompany her on a trip through the forest. On
their way, Krishna seduced Radha, who was willing deep inside, and made love to her,
and they became lovers. But the world pulled them apart. He departed to
safeguard the virtues of truth, and she waited for him. He vanquished his
enemies, became the king, and came to be worshipped as a lord of the universe.
She waited for him. He married Rukmini and Satyabhama, raised a family, fought the great war of
Ayodhya, and she still waited. So great was Radha's love for Krishna that even
today her name is uttered whenever Krishna is refered
to, and Krishna worship is though to be incomplete
without the deification of Radha. One day the two most
talked about lovers come together for a final single meeting.
Suradasa in his Radha-Krishna lyrics relates the various amorous delights of the
union of Radha and Krishna in
this ceremonious 'Gandharva' form of their wedding in front of five
hundred and sixty million people of Vraj and all the gods and
goddesses of heaven. The sage Vyasa refers to this as the
'Rasa'. Age after age, this evergreen love theme has engrossed poets,
painters, musicians and all Krishna devotees alike.
The Radha-Krishna amour is a love legend of all times. It's indeed hard to miss the many legends and paintings illustrating Krishna's love affairs, of which the Radha-Krishna affair is the most memorable. Krishna's relationship with Radha has served as a model for male and female love in a variety of art forms, and since the sixteenth century appears prominently as a motif in North Indian paintings. The story is recorded in Gita Govinda by Jayadeva, a 12th-century dramatic lyrical poem expressed as a cycle of songs telling the love story of the god Krishna and the mortal Radha.