Today (9/10) is Sri Lalita Sasti (appearance day of Sri Lalita Sakhi)

Hare Krsna dear devotees,
Dandvat pranam, Jai Srila Prabhupad.

Today is the appearance of Sri Lalita Sakhi, called Sri Lalita Sasti. She is our guru in engaging us in appropriate service to SriSri Radha Krsna (we follow under the guidance of Srila Rupa Goswami…Sri Rupa Manjari…thus we are called Rupa-nugas)….Sri Lalita Sakhi is the eldest sakhi of the eight principle sakhis of Srimati Radharani…she is seen standing on altar every Friday evening on the side of Sri Sharadbihariji (and the Gopi standing next to Srimati Radharani is Sri Vishakha Sakhi…her appearance day is on Sri Radhastami). Sri Lalita Sakhi is from Ucchagoan, Vrindavan She is known for her boldness and alliance to Srimati Radharani. Even Shyamsundarji is afraid of Sri Lalita Sakhi at times…and when Sri Shyamsundarji is in trouble with Srimati Radharani, many times it is Sri Lalita Sakhi who helps Him find a way to break the ‘maan’ of Srimati Radharani. She is present in eternal lila (Nikunj lika) of SriSri Radha Krsna as a 14 year young girl.

Pasted below is some info on Sri Lalita Sakhi. Also attached is a picture of SriSri Radha Madhav with Asta Sakhis (from left to right – Tungavidya Sakhi, Chitra Sakhi, Champakalata Sakhi, Lalita Sakhi, Vishkha Sakhi, Indulekha Sakhi, Randgdevi Sakhi, Sudevi Sakhi)

Also for anyone who can read Hindi, attached is a link to a very nice book by Srila Radha baba of Gorakhpur namely ‘Mahabhag Vraj Gopiya’…it is not in the best condition but anyone who is really interested in reading it will be able to read it –

Lalitadevi is well-known for her contradictory and hot tempered nature. Her complexion is the color of gorocana (bright yellow pigment prepared from the urine of a cow) and her garments are the color of peacock feathers.
Her mother is Saradi-devi and her father is Visoka. Her husband is Bhairava who is a close friend of Govardhana-gopa (husband of Candravali). Rupa manjari (Rupa Goswami) is the assistant and follower of Lalita-sakhi;
thus all who consider themselves as Rupanuga bhaktas (followers of Rupa Goswami) are ultimately the servants of lalita-devi and thus through the media of the parampara should always be longing to engage in the service of
her lotus feet. When that day comes that we are able to please her, she will engage us in the intimate loving service of Sri Sri Radha-Krsna according to our heart’s desire.

Lalita-sakhi incarnated as Svarupa Damodara in the pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and acted as his personal secretary. In fact, no one could approach or present anything to Caitanya Mahaprabhu without his sanction.

Mother’s Name: Sarada

Father’s Name: Visoka

Husband’s Name: Bhairava

Complexion: Like gorochana, a type of yellow pigment

Cloth: Sikhi-piccha, like peacock feathers

Grove: Her kunja to the North of Radha-kunda, named Lalitanandada, is colored tadid i,e, like lightening, with many ruby-studded features.

Service: Her special seva is serving tambula, betel-nuts.

Mood: Her bhava is khandita, or a jealous heroine who chastises her beloved. This pure mood is never manifest in relation to herself, however but only when there is a delay in the meeting of the Divine Couple.

Temperament: Vama-prakhara, contrary and hot-tempered to enhance the pastimes of Radha & Krsna.

Favorite Instrument: Vina

Favorite Tune: Raga bhairava-kalingada

Maidservant: Her chief assistant is Sri Rupa-manjari.

Girlfriends: Her 8 closest sakhis are Ratna-prabha, Rati-kala, Subhadra, Bhadra-rekhika, Sumukhi, Dhanishtha, Kala-hamsi, Kalapini.

Special Talents:
(1) The leader of all the sakhis of Srimati Radharani
(2) Very magnanimous like her father
(3) The instigator of most pastimes
(4) Always displays contrariness to Krsna’s suggestions
(5) Frequently becomes angry and speaks outrageously insolent retorts to
increase the intensity of the loving affairs between Radha & Krsna.
(6) Brilliant in composing and and understanding riddles
(7) Unparalleled in fashioning things with flowers including awnings,
dancing arenas, umbrellas, couches, bowers
(8) Expert in performing magic tricks and juggling.

your servant,
Padmanabh das


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