Raas leela – the play of divine love – Radha and Gopikas (cowherd girls) dancing on the melody of Krishna’s flute.
Raas leela is the play or dance of divine love, the love of Radha and Gopikas (cowherd girls) for Krishna – the eighth incarnation of supreme God Vishnu. Once on a Purnima night (full moon), Krishna played a divine melody from his flute. Listening to the melody, Goddess Radha and all the Gopikas left their daily chores and left their home in search for Krishna. In the gardens of Vrindavan, with his divine power, Krishna appeared to be dancing with all the Gopikas. Raas Leela symbolically represents Bhakti – the true devotion towards the divine. Just like the Gopikas left their daily chores and went out in search of Krishna, human beings should leave their lust for the materialistic world and search for the supreme God.