One of the main goals of Vaishnavas is to develop a personal relationship with God. With this end in mind, the Deity of the Lord is worshiped, either at home or in the temple.
Radhadesh has beautiful deities (Sri Sri Radha-Gopinatha) that stand on an Indian style marble altar built in 1986. According to tradition the altar is decorated daily with fresh flowers.
The temple’s main deities (Sri Sri Radha-Gopinatha) were made in Jaipur, India, by traditional craftsmen and originally established in Amsterdam in the 1970s. They were moved to Radhadesh in 1981.
The temple altar is open:
- 04.30 – 05.00
- 07.15 – 08.00
- 08.25 – 13.00
- 15.45 – 18.30
- 19.00 – 19.30
- 20.50 – 21.00
Arati is the performance of a traditional religious ceremony. It is considered very auspicious for the person who performs it and for anyone who attends the ceremony.
Many Hindu families in India and abroad will make a point of attending a temple arati ceremony once or twice a day, as well as performing the ceremony at home.
Now you can also sponsor an arati on a special day. For more info please go here.
The ceremony itself is very beautiful to see and involves the use of a conch shell, bell, flowers, incense, lamp, water, cloth, and yak-tail and peacock fans. The articles represent the material elements (earth, water, fire, and air) in their pure form.
The conch shell blown at the beginning and end of each ceremony is said to drive away inauspicious elements. The sound of the bell embodies all music. Flowers and incense provide beautiful aromas. The lamp represents lighting someone’s way. Offering water in the conch shell is a traditional way of greeting an honoured guest when receiving them. The handkerchief represents offering new cloth. The yak-tail fan and peacock fan provide a cooling breeze.
Times for Arati Ceremonies
- 04.30 Mangala
- 07.15 Shringar
- 08.20 Dhupa
- 12.30 Raja Bhoga
- 15.20 Utthana
- 19.00 Sandhya
- 20.50 Sayana
During the 04.30, 07.15, 19.00, and 20.50 ceremonies there is also musical accompaniment.
04.00 – Balya bhoga €61 (mangala milk sweets)
08.00 – Upalaya bhoga €41 (breakfast)
12.00 – Raja bhoga €61 (lunch)
15.00 – Vaikalika bhoga €31 (fruit offering)
18.40 – Sitala bhoga €41 (dinner)
20.30 – Ratrikalini bhoga €41 (bedtime snack)
Pushpadan bhoga €61 (one day’s worth of flowers for garlands and for decorating the altar)
04.30 – Mangala arati €31
07.15 – Shreengar arati €25
08.25 – Dhupa arati €21
12.30 – Raja Bhoga arati €31
15.20 – Dhupa arati €25
19.00 – Sandhya arati €31
20.50 – Sringara arati €25
Lunch at the temple (prasadam seva)
€608 (Monday to Saturday)
€808 (Sunday feast)
Food an care for the cows (go seva)
€108 for one cow per month
Radhadesh’s Bank Details
Belgium: Dexia, A/C 088–2061735–92
Swiftcode or BIC code: GKCCBEBB
IBAN: BE12 0882 06173592