Radhashtami or Sri Radha Astami festival celebrated the birthday of Radha. Radha Ashtami is observed on Astami thithi in Shukla Paksh during Bhadrapad month (August – September). Radhashtami 2012 date is 23 September.
Radha Rani was born as the daughter of Raja Vrishabhano and the Rani Kirati. Radha Rani aws older to Lord Sri Krishna. Devotees believe that Radha was dedicated and devoted to Lord Krishna as she was not opened her eyes until Krishna was born on the Earth. Hindu scriptures described that Radha and Sri Krishnas relation was a pure form of spirituality. Their sacred relationship and dedication towards each other have great spiritual energy.
During the festival of Radha Astami, devotees worship Radha along with Lord Sri Krishna. Devotees recite Radha Stuthi on this day. Radha Ashtami festival is observed mainly by Vaishnava sect and especially in North Indian states.
Mayapur ISKCON Temple, and other ISKCON temples, Vrindavan Sri Krishna temple, and other Sri Krishna temples all around the world celebrate Radhastami with utmost gaiety and pomp. It is one of the big festivals for Vaishnava sect.