Archa-Vigraha or Deity: Worship of Radha Krishna

                                                                  Q. I had a question about installing deities in one's home. If one installs deities of Radha and Krishna in the home what measures must be taken in order to care for the deity? For example, how many times should we offer prasadam, how many time should the outfit be changed, how many times should one worship the deity daily?

                                                                  Q. 1. If worship of Srimati Radharani is so important why does Lord Krsna not talk about it in the Gita? I indicated that the Bhagavatam references to the glory of Radharani as does Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

                                                                  [Answered within the next Q/A. See below.]

                                                                  Q. 2. Since worship of Sri Sri Radha Krsna is so important and we belong of the Brahma-Gaudiya-Madhva-sampradaya, why is that the temple founded by Madhvacarya (i beleive this is in reference to the temple at Udupi) does not have Sriamti Radharani?

                                                                  Q. My 8-year-old daughter asked me the following 2 questions: Why did Krishna not marry Srimati Radharani, when Her deity is always next to Krishna and we worship Krishna and Radha? I could not give her a good answer. I think what confuses her is that Krishna loved Srimati Radharani, but married someone else.

                                                                  Q. Why is the mangala arati offered to Radha Krishna when in fact we are glorifying Guru Tattva by singing Guruvastaka prayers? Whereas in ISKCON Vrndavan temple, while the morning arati is offered to Their Lordships, "Vibhavari sesa" is sung and Guruvastaka is sung to Srila Prabhupada. Could you comment?

                                                                  This question has two parts.

                                                                  As our Founder-acarya, Srila Prabhupada deliberately took steps which would hold his fledgeling disciples on the path of bhakti by securing deeply within their hearts the all-saving power of guru-nistha. The early stages of ISKCON were simply an explosion of enthusiasm to assist Srila Prabhupada in carrying out his mission.

                                                                  Q. I heard that Lord Sri Krishna used to worship his own deity. Is it true? If so why not Radha Krishna dieties?

                                                                  It is mentioned in the Bhagavatam that during His Dvaraka pastimes, Krishna used to 'meditate' upon Himself everyday. And when we speak of Krishna we should understand that He is always situated along with His internal potency, Srimati Radharani, and is never separated.