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Radha Krishna

The allegorical love of Radha has found expression in some great Bengali poetical works of Govinda Das,Chaitanya Mahaprabhu,  and Jayadeva the author of Geet Govinda. Gita Govinda is in praise of Krishna , composed in Bengal in the 12th c. by Jaydeva. It is a collection of songs of divine love of Radha and Krishna. The quality of poetry raised to it to the realm of high art. The description of Krishna in this book provided the painters with guidelines.

Krishna is often referred as svayam bhagavan in Gaudiya Vaishnavism  theology and Radha is Krishna's supreme beloved. With Krishna, Radha is acknowledged as the Supreme Goddess. It is believed that Krishna enchants the world, but Radha "enchants even Him”. Therefore She is the supreme goddess of all. From the Vaishnava point of view the divine feminine energy shakti implies a divine source of energy. Shri Radha, His consort, is the original source of all ’shaktis’   or feminine manifestation of divine energy.

The Radha-Krishna amour is a love legend of all times. Many legends and paintings illustrating Krishna’s love affairs, of which the Radha-Krishna affair is the most memorable. Krishna's relationship with Radha, his favorite among the 'gopis' (cow-herding maidens), has served as a model for male and female love in a variety of art forms since sixteenth century. They appear prominently as a motif in North Indian paintings. Krishna's youthful dalliances with the 'gopis' are interpreted as symbolic of the loving interplay between God and the human soul. Radha's utterly rapturous love for Krishna and their relationship is often interpreted as the quest for union with the divine. This kind of love is of the highest form of devotion in Vaishnavism, and is symbolically represented as the bond between the wife and husband or beloved and lover.

Surdasa's lyrical rendition of the legends of Radha, Krishna and the gopis of Vraj are well known. Set in a land of great natural beauty, where the lord of love picks his victims with consummate ease, these stories celebrate the myriad aspects of the many-splendored emotion called love.