Before I begin I must say that Lord Krishna is my Ishta Devata and so I have more than a a soft spot for Sri Radha Krishna. Oh and if you read only one Holy Hindu book make it the Bhagavad Gita, a guidebook on how to conduct your life.
Lord Krishna is one of the most commonly worshiped deities in the Hindu religion. He is considered to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Sri Krishna delivered the most popular sacred Hindu text, the Bhagavad Gita on the battlefield to Arjuna. You may also see Lord Krishna’s name written is also written as kṛṣṇa.
He, like Lord Rama, is also known for his bravery in destroying evil powers throughout his life. The Lord is usually depicted as playing the flute (murali), indicating spread of the melody of love to people.
He is also shown with his consort Radha, also known as Rukmini. The Lord is usually remembered and worshipped as Radha-Krishna. Shri Radha is the feminine aspect and Shakti (power) of Lord Krishna and is non-different from Krishna.The pair symbolize the eternal love between people and god.
Radha being a beloved of Shri Krishna is known as “Radhika”.
Brajbhoomi where Lord Krishna was born comprises the twin cities of Mathura and Vrindavan. It is not just a sacred land where Lord Krishna was born and performed His pastimes (leela), It was here he found Radha.
Krishna’s birth story -the basics
On the day Kamsa was traveling with his newly married sister and her husband Vasudeva to their new home, a voice from the heavens conveyed to him that the eighth child of Devki would kill Kamsa.
Consequently, he imprisoned the couple and started killing their children, year after year. Seven children were lost but the eighth one – the Lord escaped the hands of the butcher and lived on to slay Kamsa later. Lord Krishna was born at midnight on the 8th day of the dark half of the month of Bhadrapada (August-September) and was brought to Vrindavan by Vasudeva (Krishna’s father) on the same night to save Him from Kamsa.
He was brought up in Vrindavan by the cowherd family of Yashoda and Nanda Raja. Radha was the loveliest of all the cowgirls. She was the wife of Ayana. Radha was a childhood friend and soulmate of Krishna and the two were inseparable as playmates and later as lovers. Theirs was a love hidden from society, as Radha was married. Lord Krishna had to leave Vrindavan. He became a king, defeated innumerable enemies . And yet it is said Radha kept waiting for him to come back to her. Her love for Krishna is considered so divine and so pure that Radha herself obtained the status of a deity, with her name being inseparably linked to that of Krishna. Most of Krishna’s images are considered complete when Radha stands by his side.
No other gopi in Vrindavana has such a significant name as Sri Radha. Of course, all the Braja gopis love Lord Krishna. However, compared to Radhika’s ocean of love for Krishna, the other gopis are merely pools, ponds and rivers.
Radha’s love for Krishna is all consuming and compels her to ignore her family honor and disregard her husband. Radha serves as a symbol for all of the Gopi girls’ love for Krishna.
Krishna led a very pampered and amorous life in the Gokul, alongside thousands of gopicas, the cowherdresses who were all enthralled at His beauty and were thrilled whenever He played the flute. There are numerous playful instances of Krishna, playing mischief with the gopikas including breaking their butter pots.
Radha Krishna is the original principle of loving relationships (conjugal Love).
Real transcendental and spiritual love exists between Radha and Krishna. The love between the two representing an ideal suggesting that real love should be on a soul level not just skin deep.
I will be adding to this post as I need to add more on the many stories of Krishna, Geeta, Govardhana hill etc