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Radha is a Hindu goddess who is almost always depicted alongside Krishna and is often revered as the original Goddess or MahaLakshmi. Radha is the most important gopi in Rasa lila (sacred dance) with Lord Krishna and is often regarded as the incarnation of "the feeling of love towards Krishna”. Radha, in female form symbolizes the human soul and the male, Krishna symbolizes the Supreme Power of the Almighty.
Radha is described as charming, pleasing, humble, merciful, compassionate and her dedication and loyalty towards Lord Krishna is unparalleled. Her love for Krishna is spontaneous and of an esoteric nature devoid of any sexual desire. She shares a unique, transcendental and totally unconditional relationship with the Lord.
Radha is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and the love interest of Lord Sri Krishna as the avatar of Sri Hari Vishnu. She is accorded the status of a Goddess though the consort of Sri Krishna is known to be Rukmini. The sublime love and affection the Goddess has for Sri Krishna is the reason for her being elevated to the status of a Goddess and she is worshipped in Indian Temples along with Lord Krishna.
Radha is depicted as the gopi (milkmaid) who became the beloved of the God Krishna when he lived among the gopas (cowherds) of Vrindavan. Even though she was the wife of another gopa, Radha was the dearest of Krishna’s consorts and his constant companion.
Offerings dear to Lord Krishna are made to Goddess Radha since she emobodies His spirit and mind in all aspects. Fresh flowers and pure vegetarian food are dear to the Lord. Items made of butter and pure ghee are his favorite and after prayers, these items are deemed sanctified to be distributed to his devotees as Prasadam.
People pray to Radha to reach out to Lord Krishna to bless them and to experience the power of pure love and selfless sacrifice which Radha displayed toward Krishna. On Radha Ashtami day, devotees fast all day and gather at the Temple to receive Her blessings. Praying to Radha is said to overcome marital obstacles and to enjoy a prosperous life full of joy and harmony.