Radha Ashtami Vrat is a special day for people who believe in Gaudiya Vaishnavism and love Radha, the goddess. On this day, they usually don’t eat for half a day, and some may even fast the whole day without drinking water.
Here are some guidelines for keeping the Radha Ashtami Vrat:
- Promise to not eat until the next day.
- Eat a pure and healthy diet with water, fruits, salads, milk, and nuts.
- Don’t eat foods like onion, garlic, or meat.
- Pray to Radha during a specific time in the afternoon.
- Go to the temple and say prayers to Goddess Radha.
- End your fast in the evening after offering food to the Goddess.
- Share the offered food with family and friends.
- If you can’t fast for a whole day, fast until the afternoon prayer time.
- After the afternoon prayer, you can eat and break your fast.
If you can’t fast for a whole day, it’s okay to stop your fast when it’s time for the afternoon prayer (Madhyahna Kaal). After you finish the prayer during this time, you can eat and end your fast.
What can we eat in Radha Ashtami VRAT?
- They should eat a pure and simple diet, including just water and fruits until they do a special ritual for the idols of Radha and Krishna.
- They should avoid eating things like onions, garlic, and non-vegetarian food because these are not considered good during the fast.
- Devotees can offer homemade food to the idols as a form of worship.
- The food may include items like Tulsi leaves, a special sweet mixture called Panchamrit, Panjiri, sweet rice pudding (Kheer), sweet semolina dessert (Halwa), sweet pancakes (Malpua), fried bread (Poori), and chickpea curry (Chana).
What is the favorite food of Radha Rani?
- She liked Arbi, a kind of root vegetable.
- She also enjoyed Radhavallabhi, which are similar to kachoris.
- Another favorite treat of hers was Malpua, a sweet pancake made with wheat flour, semolina, and milk.
Radha Rani also had a special love for her pet parrots, especially one named Shukadeva Paramhansa. She took excellent care of Shuk, and he was like a dear friend to her. Shuk would share stories about Radha Rani with Lord Shri Krishna, and Krishna would also tell stories about himself to Shuk. They had a lovely bond through these parrot messengers.