Should You Give Radha Krishna Idols as a Wedding Gift?
Is it auspicious?
Before we get into the details, let’s see why people prefer Radha Krishna idols as wedding gifts.
Why People Gift this Idol?
There is no other religion, than Hinduism, that glorifies the beauty of love. And the story of Radha and Krishna is perhaps the most beautiful of all. According to the myths and epics, Krishna is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu and Radha is the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. In other words, it is a story of love between God and Goddess in human form.
Maybe that’s the reason why many people buy Radha Krishna idols as gifts for newlywed couples. These idols are divine and there is a lot of romance present around the story of Radha Krishna, which make it a fitting gift for newlywed couples. However, did you know that it is inauspicious to present Radha Krishna idols to a newlywed couple?
Why it is Inauspicious to Gift Radha Krishna Idols?
Before I answer this question, let’s take a quick look to the story of Radha Krishna. Although their love is described as the purest of loves by the myths and legends, the story of Radha Krishna is also a story of pain and separation in love.
It is said that, Krishna was the son of a landlord and Radha was one of the ‘gopikas’ in the village. Radha was his favorite ‘gopika’. With time, they fell in love. However, Krishna and Radha never got married because Krishna had to leave Vrindavan at a very young age. For Krishna and Radha, the days of love and happiness were limited and short.
This is the one reason why you shouldn’t gift Radha Krishna idols as a wedding gift. Radha Krishna idols represent a short-lived love. For a newlywed couple, you should be wishing a long lasting relationship and as it turns out, Radha Krishna idols are not the best gift to buy for this occasion.
So the question now is, what’s the alternative? Are there any other idols of deities that represent love, which you can use to wish a long lasting relationship?
Alternative to Radha Krishna Idols
One alternative is the idol of Lord Shiv and Devi Parvati together. The divine couple of Shiv Parvati represents eternal love and devotion to each other. You can see this eternal love and devotion in puranas.
In one story, Devi Parvathi was chanting the name of Lord Shiva for years to win over his heart. In another story, Shiva and Parvathi incarnated as ‘Kirata couple’ to test Arjuna. They never parted, although there were difficult times in their marriage.
Another alternative for Radha Krishna wedding gift is the idol of Lord Vishnu and Devi Lakshmi together. Devi Lakshmi was always alongside Lord Vishnu even in His incarnations- as Sita Devi with Lord Shri Ram and as Rukmini with Lord Krishna. A popular idol is one in which Lord Vishnu is seen in Ananthasayana posture with Devi Lakshmi sitting beside him. So similar to the Shiva Parvathi idol, idol of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi Devi together is also ideal gift for newlywed couples.
Occasions to Gift Radha Krishnan Idols
Although Radha Krishna idols are not an ideal gift for newlywed couples, these idols make a great gift on many other occasions. If you are attending the housewarming ceremony of your neighbor or birthday party of your friend, these Radha Krishna idols are perfect gifts. These idols are good gifts on occasions like Janmashtami celebrations and other festivals like Holi. The recipient can use these idols for home décor or use it in the pooja room to offer prayers.
So there it is, all about Radha Krishna idols. Hope you now know why its not ideal to give these idols as wedding presents.
Now, it is your turn. Why do you think Radha Krishna idols are so popular? Do you have any suggestions for an alternative for Radha Krishna idols? Have your say in comments.