Varishtha Sakhis

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Amongst the innumerable sakhis in the group of Srimati Radhika, the best amongst all the beloveds of Sri Shyamdunar, eight sakhis are the topmost and are known as Varishtha Gopis. Although each and every one of these Gopis is a Nayika, or heroin, herself and is competent in attracting the mind of Rasikraaj Sri Krishna, yet, due to their deep love for their friend Srimati Radhika, they consider themselves to be one of Srimati Radhika’s group and are always eager to arrange meetings between Sri Gandharvika and Sri Giridhari. Elaborate descriptions about the beauty, family and especially the services of these Sakhis have been given by Srila Rupa Goswami in Sri Radha Krishna ganoddesh dipika. These most exalted Sakhis, who control both Radha and Krishna with their deep love, are Lalita, Vishakha, Champakalata, Chitra, Tungavidya, Indulekha, Rangadevi and Sudevi. Expert in all the 64 arts, they perform various services for the divine couple and feel immense pleasure in participating in their wonderful pastimes. Just as Radhika and Shyam are the life and soul of these exquisitely beautiful Sakhis who are all endowed with limitless wonderful qualities, similarly, these dear sakhis are the life and soul of Srimati Radhika and Gopinath. With their sweet, joking, rasa-laden words, they increase the wonder of the divine couples’s pastimes millions of folds, thus drowning everyone in ocean of transcendental bliss. Sometimes arranging loving quarrels and sometimes assisting Krishna in breaking Srimati’s maan, they add tremendous flavour to the already glorious pastimes of Vrindavaneshwari Sri Radha and Radha Vallabh Sri Krishna. May these Sakhis, headed by Srimati Lalita Sakhi, accept us as their maid servants and engage us in the service to the lotus feet of Srimati Radhika.