We all have chanted Radhe Radhe while praying or remembering Shri Krishna. But do you know there is no mention of the word ‘Radha’ in the Shrimad Bhagavatam Puran? Yes, you heard it right. There is no mention of the word Radha in Shrimad Bhagavatam Mahapurana. However, the love of Radha Rani and Shri Krishna occurs in the Bhagvat Maha Purana differently.
Who wrote Shrimad Bhagavatam Mahapurana?
The Mahapurana, Shrimad Bhagavatam, was written by Srila Vyasadeva, whose son was Sukhadeva Goswami. The word “Sukha” in Sanskrit means parrot, or we can say “tota”. As described, he was Radha Rani’s parrot in the spiritual world. So it is said that when Sukhadeva Ji was narrating Srimad Bhagavatam to Parikshit Maharaj, he never uttered “Radha”.
Why did Sukhadeva Goswami avoid the word “Radha”?
Sukhadeva Goswami did not utter Radha throughout his narration of Shrimad Bhagavatam to Raja Parikshit because as soon as he would utter or chant “Radha,” he goes into Samadhi for the next six months. You may wonder why? He was in love with Radha Rani so much that as soon as he took her name, he used to get lost in a realm closer to Radha Rani.
Parikshit Maharaj only had seven days of his life, after which Raja Takshak, the king of serpents, was going to kill him. Therefore, Sukhdeva Goswami didn’t utter Radha naam even once in his entire narration so that he could complete Shrimad Bhagavatam within seven days. But as we all know, Shimad Bhagavatam is incomplete without Radha Rani. Sukhadeva ji has referred to her using words like Gopi, Aradhita, etc. So this is why there is no mention of Radha rani in Shrimad Bhagavatam.
अनयाराधितो नूनं भगवान् हरिरीश्वर: ।
यन्नो विहाय गोविन्द: प्रीतो यामनयद् रह: ॥ २८ ॥
(Shrimad Bhagavatam MahaPurana, 10.30.28)
Given that Govind, with a supreme of all Personality of Trinity, was in love with her that he left the rest of us and brought her to a secluded place, it is evident that this particular gopi has accomplished the perfect deed of devotion.