Radha, aka: Rādhā, Rādha, Rāḍha, Rāḍhā; 10 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Rādha (राध) is the name of a Śāktapīṭha mentioned in the Kulārṇavatantra. The Kulārṇava-tantra is an important 11th century work for the Kaula school of Śāktism. It refers to eighteen such Śākta-pīṭhas (eg. Rādha) which is defined as a sacred sanctuary of Devī located here on earth. According to legend, there are in total fifty-one such sanctuaries (pīṭha) on earth, created from the corresponding parts of Devī’s body,

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism
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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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1) Rādhā (राधा).—Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s dearest consort. Rādhā is considered to be one of the two forms of Lakṣmīdevī. When Kṛṣṇa lived in Gokula as a man with two hands Rādhā was his dearest consort. But when he lives in Vaikuṇṭha as four-handed Viṣṇu, Lakṣmī is his dearest consort. (Devī Bhāgavata 9, 1; Brahmavaivarta Purāṇa, 2, 49 and 56-57 and Ādi Parva Chapter 11).

Different versions about the birth of Rādhā are given in the Purāṇas, as follows:—

(i) She was born in Gokula as daughter of Vṛṣabhānu and Kalāvatī. (Brahmavaivarta Purāṇa, 2, 49; 35-42; Nārada Purāṇa, 2. 81).

(ii) She was got as Bhūmi-kanyā (earth-girl) when King Vṛṣabhānu was preparing the ground to conduct a Yajña. (Padma Purāṇa; Brahma Purāṇa 7).

(iii) She was born from the left side of Kṛṣṇa. (Brahmavaivarta Purāṇa).

(iv) At the time of Kṛṣṇa’s birth Viṣṇu asked his attendants to be born on earth. Accordingly Rādhā, dear consort of Kṛṣṇa, took her birth in Gokula under the star Jyeṣṭhā in the morning of Śuklāṣṭamī day in Bhādrapada month. (Ādi Parva 11),

(v) Kṛṣṇa once went with Virajā, the Gopī woman, to the hall of enjoyment (rāsamaṇḍalam). Knowing about it Rādhā followed them to the hall, but both of them were not to be seen. On another occasion when Rādhā found Virajā in the company of Kṛṣṇa and Sudāmā she, in great anger, insulted Kṛṣṇa whereupon Sudāmā cursed her to be born in human womb and experience the pangs of separation from Kṛṣṇa. (Nārada Purāṇa 2. 8; Brahmavaivarta Purāṇa. 2. 49) and Rādhā cursed him in turn to be born in the dānava dynasty. It was on account of this curse of Rādhā that Sudāmā was born as the asura called Śaṅkhacūḍa. (Brahma Vaivarta Purāṇa, 2. 4. 9. 34).

(vi) Rādhā is considered to be one of the five forces which help Viṣṇu in the process of creation. (Devī Bhāgavata 9. 1; Nārada Purāṇa 2. 81).

(vii) Rādhā is the mental power of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. (For details see under Pañcaprāṇas).

2) Rādhā (राधा).—Wife of Adhiratha, the foster-father of Karṇa and the foster-mother of Karṇa. (See under Karṇa).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Rādhā (राधा).—Came with Kṛṣṇa to mediate between Paraśurāma and Vināyaka; spoke on the non-differentiation of Śiva and Viṣṇu; Gaṇeśa was a Vaiṣṇava and Paraśurāma Śaiva.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 42. 21, 47-8; 43. 21 and 29; 44. 29; Vāyu-purāṇa 104. 52.

1b) The goddess enshrined at Vṛndāvana.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 13. 38.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Rādhā (राधा): Rādhā is one of the gopis (cow-herding girls) of the forest of Vrindavan, Krishna plays with her during his upbringing as a young boy; The other Radha is the wife of the charioteer Adhiratha, who found an abandoned new-born boy, whom he named Karna.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

1. Radha

A parrot, brother of Potthapada, the Bodhisatta. See the Radha Jataka (1). He is identified with Ananda. J.i.496.

2. Radha

The Bodhisatta born as a parrot. See the Radha Jataka (2).

3. Radha

The Bodhisatta born as a parrot. See the Kalabahu Jataka.

4. Radha Thera

He was a brahmin of Rajagaha who, being neglected by his children in his old age, sought ordination. The monks refused his request on the ground of his age, so he sought the Buddha who, seeing his upanissaya, asked Sariputta to admit him.* Soon after he won arahantship.

He stayed near the Buddha, and, by reason of his skill, the Buddha declared him foremost among those who could inspire speech in others (? patibhanakeyyanam) (A.i.25; ThagA.i.253f).

He thereby earned the name of Patibhaniya Thera (SA.ii.246).

The Theragatha (vss.133 4) contains two verses spoken by him in praise of concentration of the mind.

The Radha Samyutta (S.iii.188 201; see also Radha Sutta) contains a large number of suttas preached by the Buddha in answer to Radhas questions on various topics.

It is said that when the Buddha saw Radha he felt the inclination to talk on matters dealing with subtle topics, illustrating them with various similes. SA.ii.246; this was because of Radhas wealth of views (ditthisamudacara) and unwavering faith (okappaniya saddha); AA.i.179; also ThagA.i.254.

* It is probably this incident which is referred to at ThagA.ii.114, where Sariputta is said to have ordained a poor brahmin named Radha, but no mention is made of any order from the Buddha. If the reference is to this same thera, Radha was, for some time, the attendant (pacchasamana) of Sariputta, and there is a verse in Thag. (993) spoken to him by Sariputta, who was pleased with Radhas gentle manner. DhA.ii.104ff. gives more details of the ordination of Radha. There we are told that he went to the monastery where he performed various duties. But the monks would not admit him into the Order, and, owing to his disappointment, he grew thin. One day the Buddha, seeing him with his divine eye, went to him, and hearing of his wish to join the Order, summoned the monks and asked if any of them remembered any favour done by Radha. Sariputta mentioned that he had once received a ladleful of Radhas own food while begging in Rajagaha. The Buddha then suggested that Sariputta should listen to Radhas request for ordination. After ordination, Radha grew weary of the food of the refectory, but Sariputta constantly admonished him and found him most humble; later, he spoke highly of Radhas obedience, and the Buddha praised him. It was on Radhas account that the Alinacitta Jataka was preached. AA.i.179f. agrees, more or less, with the account given above; so does Ap.ii.485f.

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. One of the two chief women disciples of Paduma Buddha. Bu.ix.22.Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Rāḍha (राढ) is the name of a village visited by Mahāvīra during his fifth year of spiritual-exertion.—After Kalambukā, he decided to go to Lāḍha (Rāḍha) country, considered as Anārya where no monk or ascetic would even imagine going. There were two divisions of Lāḍha country – north and south, or Vajra and Śubhra. The river Ajaya used to flow in between. In Lāḍha country, there were no suitable places to stay for the Lord. Even tasteless, minimal food used to come about with great difficulty.

Rāḍha or Lāḍha was also visited by Mahāvīra during his ninth year of spiritual-exertion.—After leaving Rājagṛha, the Lord thought again that truly, it is possible to annhilate karmas only in Anārya region. Thinking thus, he again left for the Anārya Lāḍha and Śubhrabhūmi. People there were insensitive, cruel and without compassion. Hence, the Lord bore with different troubles with equanimity. When he did not get the right place, he completed the monsoon time in ruins, under trees, or simply wandering about. This way, wandering in Anārya region, the Lord re-entered the Ārya region. From the Anārya region the Lord was going to ‘Siddhārthapura’ and from there to ‘Kūrmagrāma’ and Gośālaka was with him, too.

Source: HereNow4u: Lord Śrī Mahāvīra
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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India history and geogprahy

Rāḍhā is the name of an ancient city mentioned in the “Asankhali plates of Narasiṃha II” (1302 A.D.). Rāḍhā and Vārendra, described indirectly as the land of the Javanas (Yavanas or Muhammadans), have to be identified respectively with South-western and Northern Bengal.

These copper plates (mentioning Rāḍhā) were discovered from the house of a Santal inhabitant of Pargana Asankhali in the Mayurbhanj State (Orissa). It was made when king Vīra-Narasiṃhadeva was staying at the Bhairavapura-kaṭaka (city, camp or residence).

Source: What is India: Epigraphia Indica volume XXXI (1955-56)
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

rādhā (राधा).—f (From rādhā the favorite mistress of kṛṣṇa) A man dressed in woman's clothes as a dancer.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

rādhā (राधा).—f A man dressed in woman's clothes as a dancer.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Rāḍhā (राढा).—

1) Lustre.

2) Name of a district in Bengal, as also of its capital; गौडं राष्ट्रमनुत्तमं निरुपमा तत्रापि राढापुरी (gauḍaṃ rāṣṭramanuttamaṃ nirupamā tatrāpi rāḍhāpurī) Prab.2.

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Rādha (राध).—

1) The month called Vaiśākha.

-dhaḥ, -dham 1 Favour, kindness.

2) Prosperity.

-dhī The day of full moon in the month of Vaiśākha.

Derivable forms: rādhaḥ (राधः).

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Rādhā (राधा).—1 Prosperity, success.

2) Name of a celebrated Gopī or cowherdess loved by Kṛṣṇa (whose amours have been immortalized by Jayadeva in his Gītagovinda); तदिमं राधे गृहं प्रापय (tadimaṃ rādhe gṛhaṃ prāpaya) Gīt.1.

3) Name of the wife of Adhiratha and foster-mother of Karṇa.

4) The lunar mansion called विशाखा (viśākhā).

5) Lightning.

6) An attitude in shooting.

7) Emblic Myrobalan.

8) The full-moon day in the month of Vaiśākha.

9) Devotedness.

1) Name of a plant (Clytoria Ternatea; Mar. viṣṇukrāntā).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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