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Why Radha Krsna? Why not Rukmini Krsna?

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All Glories to Srila Prabhupada, Sri Gurudeva and Sri Gauranga.


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Lord Krishna was married to Sri Rukmini Devi. Why do we always worship Sri Sri Radha Govinda instead of Sri Sri Rukmini Govinda?


Please forgive me for asking this question because I do not wish to offend Mother Radharani or Rukmini Devi.


And another question is, when did worship of Radha and Krishna start? Wasnt it always just Lord Krishna alone like in the form of Sri Nathji?


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Bhakta David

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  • Srimate Ramanujaya Namah 

    Jaya Sriman Narayana 

    As per the theology of Sri Visitadvaita and the philosophy propounded by Sri Ramanuja and as the adherent follower of the same, adiyen would highlight some of the distinguishing features mentioned here in regard to worship of Sri Krishna. 

    1) According to Purvacharyas, the lord is to be worshiped with his pleasure potency i.e All forms of Lord like rAma, nrisimha, hayagrIva, keshava, etc are worshiped with Lakshmi. 

    2) Reg Krishna, it's again in two

    a) Little Krishna can be worshiped alone

    b) He [older] is worshiped with Rukimi, Satyabhama, Nila, Andal, Radha etc. 

    According to Gaudiya vaishnavas, the one who acts as mediatrix for bestowing eternal service to Sri Krishna is Radha. So its natural to worship him with her. One who knows the secret of 18 syllable mantra of Sri Krishna will clearly know that mantra indicates divine eternal service to Sri Krishna who is loving husband or lover of gopis (gopIjanavallabha) with crest jewel Sri Radha and this is clearly stated by Sri Visvanath Cakravarthi Svami in his commentary to 18 syllable mantra. And Gaudiya Purvacharyas have worshiped the Lord with Radha. So as followers of the same tradition, kindly follow the same.

    Reg : Worship of SriNathji - 

    Srinathji is worshiped in small krishna form [Laddu Gopal - Bal Svarup]. So it's natural that he is worshiped alone and which is according to theology of Sri Ramanuja and his predecessors and successors. This is the same which is still continued by Vallabha followers now also.

    Reg : Radha and Krishna worship : 

    Seems like it came into existence in svakiya bhAva and was propounded by Sri Hamsa avatar bhagavan and later cultivated by Nimbarkacharya. Later on, Visvanath Chakravarti Svami's strong emphasis of, parakiya mood of worship came into picture which is the crust of devotion.

  • No meu entender, Radha e   Rukmini são a mesma pessoa.

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  • Volunteer







  • Hari bol!

    Thank you for your replies!

    What is the difference between chanting to Sri Krishna alone as compared to worship of the Divine couple?
    • Volunteer

      Hare Krishna dear Devotees, please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

      There are different types of Devotees with different moods and relationship with Krishna.

      For example, 8 Gopis - the best friends of Srimati Radharani, Gopis - the friends of those 8 Gopis...Manjaris who are direct servants of Srimati Radharani.

      It says that sometimes Shirmati Radharani leaves even Her close 8 Gopi Friends in order to be with Krishna. But She lets Manjaris to be with Her because of that bhava which Manjaris feel is the top most thing.

      And in Kali Age Lord Gouranga - Mad God (Mad for Himself in love) gave the top most service - the Manjari bhava.

      Why Manjaris are so fortunate? Because of humility. They represent top most humility - selfless service to Shrimati Radharani not even to Krishna.

       please correct me if i did mistake!


       to serve directly to Krishna do His Wives in Vaikuntha Planets and as was explained by Devotees here Vrindavan is the top most Planet.

      Your servant, 

  • Volunteer

    Hare Krishna!!! The word, 'Radha' comes from the word Aradhana meaning Supreme worship. The word 'ra' comes from the word Pa'ra'bhakti meaning supreme love for God or Mahabhav. This mahabhava springs from Hladini shakti and Radharani is the embodiment of Hladini Shakti. So being the expansion of Krishna's pleasure giving potency, She is Krishna's chief consort. Rukmini devi and the rest 16,107 queens and all the other gopis in Vrindavan are expansions of Radharani. Being Krishna's chief consort, Radharani is worshipped along with Krishna. Also Radharani excels Rukmini devi in Her beauty and Her love for Krishna. Being Krishna's supreme devotee, Her place is always before Krishna. Radhe radhe!!

  • Excellent question!!

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