Krishna’s Rassleela, which according to the Hindu Vedas and Upanishads mentioned as ‘beauty of an eternal love’ was happening in Vrindavan after millions of years. Krishna and Radha whose love was blooming at the time, was to be presented in a dance form. Shiva, an ardent lover of Krishna and Radha’s performance came down to Vrindhavan.
Shiva, when stepped into Vrindhavan saw the preparations made for the Krishna’s Raasleela. The forest was decorated with butterflies as lights, the majestic Yamuna river as waterfalls and the rose petals unfurled as the dance floor on the green lush grass.
All the deities rushed into Vrindavan to watch the Raasleela. Shiva was considered eternal and he himself has not seen anything as beautiful as Raasleela in so many million years and rushed to the forest.
Krishna played the flute under a huge tree sitting on a swing. At the instant of hearing Krishna’s music, Shiva fainted. He slowly came back to presence when he heard the rhythm of Radha’s dance to Krishna’s music. Shiva dementedly ran towards Radha-Krishna. He was stopped by two gopikas who told Shiva that it was only a ‘girls only’ event and Shiva cannot enter.
Shiva was dejected as he was not allowed to show his fondness to Krishna and Radha. He sat near the Yamuna river and poured his heart out by crying. Not able to see the depressed look on Shiva’s face, Mother Yamuna told him that she will help him get inside the forest. She asked him to take a dip in her river. Shiva immediately dipped in the Yamuna and to his surprise he was turned into Shivasakhi. Dressed in red and gold saree, Shiva looked really beautiful.
In all happiness and joy, Shiva went into the forest where Krishna was performing with Radha. As soon as Shivasakhi entered, Krishna gave a glance at her, giving her permission to dance. Shivasakhi thought to herself that there was nothing else perfect than Natraja – the god of dance dancing for Krishna’s music. Everyone adorned Shivasakhi as she danced fierce fully for Krishna’s flute.
To Shivasakhi’s surprise, Krishna joined her. Radha, amused by their dance, played the flute fast to which Krishna himself was not able to keep up the speed. Krishna was astounded to Shivasakhi’s dance as no one could dance for so long. Krishna amazed by her performance asked to her to ask him for anything in the world and Shivasakhi told him that she needs permission to witness Raasleela to see Radhe – Krishna’s pure love.
Krishna gave her the permission and told that from then on, she can recognise herself as Gopeshwar.