Here radhika is worshipped as a king or monarch by her maids and krishna is brought int...o her durbar ...... this picture commemorates that leelain shantipur , descendants of Advaita Acharya still live and they have many ancient Gaudiya Temples .
On raasa purnima the deities are publickly brought out in majestic processions, and in these processions little Virgin Girl childs are dressed as Radha and made to sit on throne like a king, as the flotas wander down the streets, devotees and commoners Bow to her as a living Radha.
Raai Rajarai Raja Leela is one of the many Leelas popular in TRADITIONA GAUDIYA VAISHNAVISM but not specially cultivated in THE NEW AGE Vaishnavism call ISKON. Notable other leelas like this are NAVI NARI KUJAR , kalahantarahita , kalanka mochana etc
As far as i can remember .. Krishna was brought in presence of radha who pretended to be the king of Vraja and her Sakhis acted as the ministers . Krishna himself was in guise of a woman .... i have forgotten the details...
Nava Nari Kunjar is the leela where nine Gopis form themselves into the shape of an elephant by twisting their bodies into acrobatics to carry Radha and Krishna....
Kalanka Mochana is where Radharani feels sad to hear her neighbors say ill words about her chastity . she appeals to krishna to prove her chastity to the villagers . Krishna devises a clever plan and ascertains that Radha is the highest sati (chaste girl) in the whole or Vraja Kalahantarahita is Leela based on feeling of seperation and love all these , and many others constituted the bed rock of Gaudiya Dharma . Due to some strange reason they are not cultivated in Bhaktivinoda Thakur's new age vaishnava movements !
By Halley Goswami you can view his photos on Picassa
(As a footnote.. the reason these practices are NOT preseved or cultivated is because, the New Age Vaishnava movements are just that New Age, they do not have any roots to the Oral Traditon meaning the roots of Vaishnavism in Bengal) The New Age Vaishnavaism is a book traditon based on Colanised British thought of the time. They tried to preserve Vaishnavism in Bengal by calling the authentic traditional Vaishnava's of the village and some 13 other sects degraded among other names..) They tried to make Vaishnavism a one God Christian One Book Traditon. Using names like Demi God.. amongst other names.... None of them were from the ROOTS of the Vaishnava Traditon.. and the people that were Ie) Bengal Vaishnava Bauls being on group.... did not care what they were writing or doing and had no input into the New Age Movement other that raising money for them and doing free concerts without any knowledge of what had been writen or was being said or writen about them behind their backs... Trishula Das