The name of Radha is not found in the Mahabharata and Harivamsha. Even Bhagavad Purana, the most sacred scripture for Gaudiya Vaishnavas, did not mention Radha. However, Radha has supreme importance in Gaudiya Vaishnavism. How come Radha promoted to such an elevated position from nowhere?

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    You might want to read this question to know about the scriptures that mention Radharani. Your question is still very valid though, about her importance in Gaudiya Tradition.
    – Surya
    Apr 22, 2021 at 17:29
  • As far as I know, Radha is mentioned in Bhagavatam as Aradhika(devotee/one who does Aradhna/worship) during Rasa Lila of Sri Krishna. There is only one mention of Aradhika.
    – RishX
    Apr 23, 2021 at 2:46

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Srimati Radharani is mentioned in Puranas like Narad Puran, Vayu Puran, Padma Puran as well as in Harivansha, Matsya Puran, Skanda Puran, Bramha Vaivartya Puran, Bramhanda Puran, Shiva Puran etc.

She has mention in Pancharatra Shastras as well.

Srimati Radharani has mention in Srimad Bhagvatam few verses indirectly which our Gaudiya Acharyas have highlighted.

Another point to be noted is Mahabharat doesn't describe Krishna's Vraja lilas, it talks about him primarily from the context of him being king of Dvarka. Hence it makes no sense to say why she is not mentioned in Mahabharat. It's like asking which is Newton's law not present in Biology book. However in Mahabharat there is one verse which makes reference to krishna as lover of Gopis. That is sufficient.

  • Wrong. Radha's name is mentioned only in Brahmavaivarta Purana. not in other Puranas. Jun 5 at 15:47

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