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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Radha, RAdhA, Raadhaa

Rādhā literally means ‘one who propitiates’.

  • Some of the purāṇas describe her as the daughter of Vṛṣabhānu and Kalāvatī.
  • She was the dearest companion of Kṛṣṇa in Gokula.
  • Kama’s foster-mother also was Rādhā, because of which he got the name ‘Rādheya’.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore