Ananga Manjari, the sister of Srimati Radharani

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Ananga Manjari is the daughter of Sri Vrishabhanu Maharaj and Kirtida devi, and the younger sister of Vrindavaneshwari Srimati Radhika. As her name ‘Ananga’, meaning cupid, suggests, she is the embodiment of exquisite transcendental beauty, with the most charming features which attract the mind of Sri Krishna. Her doe like beautiful eyes pierce the heart of the young prince of Vraja, and her enchanting smile makes him swoon in ecstasy. In Sri Radha Krishna ganoddesh dipika, Srila Rupa Goswami has described that Srimati Ananga Manjari has a beautiful complexion like that of a springtime Ketaki flower and her silken attire is the color of a blue lotus.  Being the dear younger sister of Srimati Radhika, she has a very exalted position in the pastimes of Radha Shyamsundar and is herself also engaged in amorous pastimes with Sri Krishna. In Sri Radha Kunda, she has a gorgeous kunj, made of precious jewels, where various flowering creepers are always in full bloom, spreading the aroma of the blossoms in all the directions, attracting the bumble bees. This most enchanting grove, famous as Sri Svananda Sukhada Kunj, where the divine couple Sri Radha Madhav perform various beautiful pastimes, is situated right in the centre of Sri Radha Kund, connected to the shore with a bridge made of moon stones and other precious gems.

Indeed, Sri Krishna is so attracted to Srimati Ananga Manjari that he prays to receive her association, and this is but natural, for she is the younger sister of Srimati Radhika and the expansion of Lord Balaram. In this way, Lord Balaram serves Gopinath in Madhurya rasa as well, in the form of Srimati Ananga Manjari. The devotees can go take darshan of Srimati Ananga Manjari in the temple of Sri Radha Gopinath in Sridham Vrindavan, where she is worshiped along with Srimati Radharani and Gopinath. We pray to this form of Lord Baladev, Srimati #Ananga Manjari, to bestow her mercy upon us and engage us in the service of the lotus feet of her elder sister, Madanmohan-mohini Srimati Radhika.

 

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