ABOUT RADHA DAMODAR BESHA:
Radha Damodar Besha is the symbol of great love and affection.The auspicious Radha Damodar Besha of the deities in Shree Jagannath Temple is being held every year from the 11th day of bright fortnight of Aswina to the 10th day of bright fortnight of Kartika.
It is ascertained form the mythology that Akrura, on his way to Mathura, has witnessed this Radha Damodar Besha while taking bath in the river Yamuna. It is noteworthy that this attractive besha is being performed during the entire period in the month of Karttika.
Late Sadasiba Rathasharma, an eminent researchscholar of Sreemandir has mentioned in his book “Sri Jagannath Besha Rahashya” that this Besha has been introduced since 12th century. During the 12th century and after that “Radha” became famous throughout India after being made a female protagonist in Gitagovinda written by Jayadev. The depiction of Radha was widely published and circulated through the literary works of poet Jayadeva of Odisha, Chandi Das of Bengal and Vidyapati of Mithila.
Radha was worshipped as “Devi” by Bishnuswami, Nimbarka and Sri Chaitanya.Others point out that this Besha has been introduced in Shreemandir since 16th century, i.e. during the arrival of Srichaitanya in Puri. According to Srichaitanya, Shree Jagannath is a composite
figure of Shree Radha and Sri Krishna. This spirit has been revealed in Radha Damodar Besha.