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Srimati Radharani's Lotus Feet
Right Lotus Foot:
8 Most Auspicious Marks
01. Sacrificial Altar
Left Lotus Foot:
11 Most Auspicious Marks
03. Upcurving line
06. Elephant Goad
09 . Flower
11. Half Moon
The total Auspicious Marks on both the Lotus Feet of Shrimati Radha = 19
"Oh, Supreme Goddess of the Vrndavana forest! Your lotus feet are brimming full of flowing rasa extract, the essential honey of full-blown love nectars. Holding such feet to His chest, Madhupati (Krsna), the Lord of all sweetness, extinguishes the burning fever of Cupid. So supremely cooling, I now take shelter of them.
That which is present deep within the heart of all the Upanisads in the most well hidden secret; this pair of Sri Radha's divine lotus feet is my refuge - simply full of Her own feminine dancing playfulness."
"Radha Rasa Sudhanidhi" by Srila Prabhodananda Sarasvati Thakur
Śri Rūpa-cintāmaṇi - ''The Cintāmaṇi Jewel of Beauty''
Srila Vishvanath Cakravarti Thakura
01. cchatra - Umbrella
02. ari - Disc
03. dhvaja - Flag
04. valli - Flowery Twig
05. puṣpa - Flower
06. valayan - Jewelled Bangle
07. padma - Lotus
08. urdhva-rekha - Upward line
09. ankusham - Elephant Goad
10.ardhendu - Half Moon
11. yavaṁ - Barleycorn
12. śaktiṁ - Spear
13. gadaṁ - Club
14. syandanam - Chariot
15. vedi - Sacrificial Altar
16. kuṇḍala - Earrings
17. matsya - Fish
18. parvata - Mountain
19. daraṁ - Conch
The Lotus Footprints of Srimati Radharani with symbols
ardhenduṁ ca yavaṁ ca vamam anu ya śaktiṁ gadaṁ syandanam
vedi-kuṇḍala-matsya-parvata-daraṁ datte 'nv asavyaṁ padaṁ
taṁ radhaṁ ciram unaviṁśati-maha-lakṣmy-arcitaṅghriṁ bhaje
cchatra - parasol; ari - ari; dhvaja - flag; valli - vine; puṣpa - flowers; valayan -bracelets;padma - lotus; urdhva-rekha - ūrdhva - rekhā; aṅkuśan - elephant - goad; ardhendum - half - moon; ca - and; yavam - barleycorn; ca - and; vamam - left; anu - following; ya - which; śaktim - potency; gadam;club; syandanam - flowing; vedialtar; kuṇḍala - earrings; matsya - fish; parvata -mountain; daram - conchshell; datte - places; anu - following; asavyam - right; padam - foot; tam -Her;radham - Rādhā; ciram - eternally; unaviṁśati - 19;maha - great;lakṣmi - opulence; arcita - endowed; aṅghrim - feet; bhaje - I worship.
I worship Śri Rādhā, whose feet are endowed with the 19 great opulences of, on the left foot, the parasol, ari, flag, vine, flower, bracelet, lotus,ūrdhva-rekhā, elephant-goad, halfmoon, and barleycorn, and on the right foot, the śakti, club, chariot, altar, earrings, fish, mountain, and conchshell. (Sri Rupa Cintamani)
Description and the locations of the imprints on the lotus feet of Srimati Radhika
Text 1 & 2
are manas cintaya radhikaya vame pade 'ngusthatale yavari
pradesini-sandhi-bhagur dhvarekha makuncitama carana arddham eva
madhya tale 'bja-dhvaja-puspa-vallih kanisthakadho' nkusam ekam eva
cakrasya mule valayata patre parsnau tu candra arddha mathanya-pade
O mind! Please meditate on the left lotus of Srimati Radharani which is decorated with the following auspicious markings:
Below the toe of the left foot is a barleycorn and a disc. Starting from mid point between the main toe and the second toe, continuing for half the length of the foot, is a shining upward-line. Below the middle toe are a lotus, flag, flower and a twig. Below the little toe is an elephant goad. Below the disc is an umbrella, and below that is a bracelet. On the heel is a beautiful looking half-moon.
parsnau jhasam syandana-sailam urdhve tat-parsvayoh sakti-gade ca sankham
angustha-mule 'tha kanisthakadho vedim adhah kundalam eva tasyah
Please remember the right lotus feet of Srimati Radhika with the following descriptions of the markings:
On the heel of the right foot is a fish. Above that is a chariot. Above the chariot is a mountain. On one side of the chariot is a sakti weapon, and on the other side is a club. Above the club is the conchshell, which is at the root of the toe. Below the little toe is a sacrifice altar, and below the sacrificial altar is an earring.
'Pada Sevanam - Meditation on the Lotus Feet and Hands of Their Lordships', Text 1-3
Descriptions from Radha-Krsna ganoddesa dipika
atha carana-cihnani sankhendu-kunjara-yavav
ankusas ca ratha-dhvejau damaru-svasti-matsyadi
subha-cihnau padav api
The auspicious markings on Srimati Radharani's lotus feet includes the signs of the conchsell, moon, elephant, barleycorncorn, elephant goad, chariot, flag, small drum, svastika, and fish.
Descriptions from Sri Rupa Cintamani by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura
chatrari-dhvaja-valli-puspa-valayan padmor dhvarekhankusan
arddhendun ca yavan ca vamamanu ya saktim gada syandanam
vedi-kundala-matsya-parvata-daram dhatte 'nv asavyam padam
tam radham ciram unavimsati-mahalaksmy-arcitanghrim bhaje
I worship Sri Radha whose lotus feet are endowed with nineteen great auspicious markings of: on the left foot are eleven markings of an umbrella, disc, flag, vine, flower, bracelet, lotus, upward-line, elephant-goad, half-moon, and barleycorn, and on the right foot are eight markings of the sakti, club, chariot, sacrificial altar, earrings, fish, mountain, and conch-shell.
Descriptions from Ananda Candrika
atha vamacaranasya angustha mule yavah tat-tale cakram tat-tale
chatram tat-tale valayam tarjanyan gustha sanhimarabhya vakra gataya yavad arddha
carana murdhva rekha madhyama tale kamalam kamakatale dhvajah sapatakah
kanistha tale 'nkusah parson arddha candrah tad upari valli puspanca ityekadasa
There is a barleycorn below the toe of the left foot of Sri Radhika. Below that is a disc, and below that is an umbrella, below the umbrella is a bracelet, and then there is an upper-line which starts from mid-point between the second toe and the main toe and goes down in a crooked way till it covers half the foot. Below the middle toe is a lotus, and below that is a flag. Below the little toe is an elephant goad. On the heel is a half-moon, and above that is a flower. Thus there are eleven auspicious markings decorating the left foot of Srimati Radharani.
atha daksinasya angustha mule sankhah kanisthatale vedi tat-tale
kundalam tarjani madhya mayos tale parvata parsnau Matsya martsyopari rathah
tathasya parsvadvayo sakti gade ityastau militva unavimsatih
There is a conch-shell at the origin of the toe of the right foot of Srimati Radharani. Below the little toe is a sacrificial altar, and below that is an earring. Below the second and the middle toe is a mountain. On the heel is a fish, and above the fish is a chariot. Thus there are eight markings on the right foot of Srimati Radharani. When combining these eight with those of the left foot, it becomes nineteen auspicious markings. In this way, the nineteen auspicious markings on the feet of Srimati Radharani are eternally remembered.
Worshipping Srimati Radharani's lotus feet
(from Sri Radha Rasa Suddha Nidhi by Srila Prabhodananda Sarasvati)
Dhani Dhani Radhika ke Charan
The lotusfeet of Sri Radhika are my only treasure
(from Sri Radha-rasa-sudha-nidhi)
alam visaya varta ya naraka koti bibhatsaya
vrtha sruti kathasramo bata bibhemi kaivalyatah
paresa bhajanon mada yadi sukadayah tatah kim
parantu mama radhika pada rase mano majjatu
May my mind always float in the ocean of divine nectar emanating from the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani. No more fear of millions of hells. Studying of the scriptures has become simply troublesome. Merging into the brahman effulgence is terrible. The ecstatic symptoms of devotion to the Lord that are felt by the great devotees like Suka have lost their charms.
upasya caranambuje vraja bhrtam kisori ganaih
mahad bhirapi purusair apari bhavya rasotsave
agadha rasa dhamani svapada Padma seva vidhau
vidhehi madhuroj jvalam iva krtim mamadhisvari
O Radha! You are my sole Ruler and only shelter. Countless gopis of Vraja swarm around Your lotus feet and worship them wholeheartedly. Your lotus feet are an inexhaustible fountainhead of the quintessence of universal love and are inconceivable to great saints. That is perhaps the reason why great devotees are striving with ever increasing courage and hope to catch the sweetness and beauty of the grace that flows from Your lotus feet. O Queen! Will You be pleased to show me the particular manner in which I should serve Your lotus feet?
atisnehaduccair api ca hari namani grnatah
tatha saugandhadyair bahubhi rupa carais ca yajatah
paranandam vrndavana manu carantam ca dadhato
mano me radhaya padamrdu lapadme nivasatu
Lotus chanting of the holy name of Lord Hari with love attracts my mind towards Sri Radha's feet. This attraction becomes very strong as soon as the delicious ingredient of Sri Radha's service is added to the chanting. Meditation on blissful Krsna as He roams about in Vrndavana has put me under the shade of the tender feet of kind Sri Radha.
kamam tulikaya karena harinayalatka kairankita
nanakeli vidagdha goparmani vrdai tatha vandita
ya sanguptaya tatha upanisadam hrd yeva vidyo tate
sa radha carana dvayi mama gatih lasyai kalilamayi
My only shelter is Sri Radhika's lotus feet which I yearn to worship with love and devotion. These lotus feet of Srimati Radhika are painted by Krsna's soft fingers with a feather dipped in the most fragrant red-colored juice. The gopis follow Krsna's example and worship the same feet for the happiness of all living entities. These feet are glorified in the Upanisads, and are found in the depth of the hearts of pure devotees.
vrndavanesari tavaiva padaravindam
premamrtaika makaranda rasau gha purnam
hrdyar apitam madhupate smaratapa mugram
nirvapayat parama sitala ma srayami
O Vrndavanesvar! O Sri Radhe! I pray for the shelter of Your lotus feet. Your lotus feet are treasure house of nectar of divine love. Syamasundara keeps them safely and dearly in His heart. These feet are the supreme cooling remedy for the blazing fires of this material world.
yadi snehad radhe disasi ratilam payata padavi
gatam me svaprestam tadapi mamnistham srunu yatha
kataksai raloke smita saha carair jata pulakam
sama aslisyamyuc cai atha ca rasaye tvatpadarasam
O dear Sri Radha! When out of sheer compassion, and moved by Krsna's overwhelming love for You, will grant Him His prayers to message Your lotus feet? At that time, I shell look at the ecstatic smiling faces of both of You, and so encouraged I shall hug Your feet with my hands, and taste the nectar of Your lotus feet to my full satisfaction.
yasya aste bata kinkarisu bahusas catuni vrndatavi
kandarpah kurute tavaiva kim api prepsuh prasadotsavam
sadrananda ghananuraga lahari nisyanda padambuja
dvandve sri vrsabhanu nandini sada vande tava sripadam
O Vrsabhanu-nandini! I bow down to Your lotus feet with great awe and reverence, from which selfless love is ever pouring forth in abundance. In His ceaseless and tireless efforts to win Your grace, Sri Krsna, the God of love of Vrndavana and Supreme Almighty, always solicits the favors of Your servants with love and affection.
radhapada saroja bhaktim acalam udviksya niskaitavam
pritah svam bhajatopi nibhaira maha premnadhikam sarva sah
alingatyatha cumbati svavadanat tambulam asyer apayet
kante svam vanamali kamapi mama nyasyet kada mohanah
I know, and it has been confirmed by all reliable authorities that Madana-Mohana Krsna would be so ecstatically delighted to see pure devotion unto Sri Radha's lotus feet that he would descend from His worshipped throne to embrace, kiss, give His chewed betel nuts, and garland to Sri Radhika's devotee. When shall I be blessed with such devotion, getting such treatment from Krsna as my reward for devotion to Radha's lotus feet?
sat premasindhu makaranda rasau gadhara
sarana jasramabhitah sravada sritesu
sri radhike tava kada caranaravindam
govinda jivana dhanam sirasa vahami
O Radhika! When shall I enjoy the fortune of having my head used by You as Your footstool? Your feet, which are the life-treasure of Govinda, will then be a crown on my head. They will further bathe my head with a pure nectarine flood of love that always flows among Your devotees