Transcendental Flowers, Part 5

BY: SUN STAFF - 16.9 2020

Transcendental flowers glorified throughout Vedic literature.

The Flower-like Glories of Srimati Radharani

Among the most beautiful of all sastric references to flowers are the glorifications of Srimati Radharani, whose super-excellent qualities are often compared to the finest flowers. Sri Radha's physical traits, Her paraphernalia, Her activities and Her gopi associates are all described in terms of flowers.

"O Radharani, O Queen of Vrindavana, Your complexion is like molten gold, Your doe-like eyes are captivatingly restless, a million full and brilliant moons wane before Your lustrous countenance, and a blue sari, having stolen the hue of a fresh rain-laden cloud, has enwrapped Your exquisite form. O Radha, You are the crest-jewel of all the dallying damsels of Vrindavana, fragrant and pristine like a budding jasmine flower. Your sublime form is adorned with priceless jewelry, and you are the best of all the charming and intelligent gopis. You are decorated with all wonderful excellences and surrounded by eight dedicated and beloved cowherd girls known as the asta-sakhis."

(Sri Prarthana-paddhati Stavamala of Srila Rupa Goswami)


Jasmine Garland


In the Vidagdha-madhava of Srila Rupa Goswami, Krsna praises Radharani:

"The beauty of Srimati Radharani's eyes forcible devours the beauty of the newly grown blue lotus flower, and the beauty of Radha's face surpasses that of an entire forest of fully blossomed lotuses. Radha's bodily luster seems to place even gold in a painful situation. Thus the wonderful unprecedented beauty of Srimati Radharani is awakening in Vrindavana.

"Entwining this way and that with decorations of fresh forest flowers, and bound and tied up with jewel-threads; Adorned with jasmine garlands of exotic fragrance and hanging down very best of noble gemstones; Your hair style arranged by the hand of Hari, will I ever see it, Oh Radhe?

Srimati Radharani's splendid bodily luster is like molten gold or stationary lightning. Radha wears wonderfully beautiful blue garments, and She is decorated with various pearls and flowers. Gandharvika (Radha) is very beautiful, and has long, nicely braided hair. Radha's splendid forehead is decorated with the red pigment, sindura, and with beautiful locks of curling hair.

Decorated with blue bangles, Sri Radha's arms have defeated Cupid's staff with their beauty. Decorated with black mascara, Radhika's expanded lotus eyes are the most beautiful in all the three planetary systems.

Radhika's nose is as beautiful as a sesame flower and the tip is nicely decorated with a pearl. Anointed with carious perfumes, Sri Radha is splendidly beautiful. Radha's ears are decorated with wonderful earrings and Her nectarean lips defeat red lotus flowers. Srimati Radharani's teeth are a row of pearls and Her tongue is very beautiful.


Sesame Flowers


Decorated with a smile of pure love for Krishna, Radha's beautiful face is as splendid as millions of moons. The beauty of Radhika's chin has defeated and bewildered Cupid. Decorated with a drop of musk, Radha's chin appears like a golden lotus flower with a bumblebee. Srimati Radharani's beautiful enchanting arms are two red lotus flowers illuminated by the series of moons that are Her fingernails. (RKG)

Radharani's Flower Ornaments

Besides jewels and gold, Radha wears a variety of flower crowns, necklaces, armlets, sashes, earrings, bracelets, anklets and blouses. Radha taught Lalita-sakhi how to make these flower decorations, which Radharani prefers over the jeweled variety. Srimati Radhika's favorite crown is made from flowers and buds of five colours arranged in five points. The gopis also artistically arrange flowers to create five different kinds of earrings; resembling objects like a peacock, lotus, shark or half-moon.

"Oh, my dear mind! Just worship the effulgence known as 'Radha'".