What happened to Radha after Krishna died?
When it was time for Krishna to move out from Vrindavan and go to Mathura to fulfill his divine mission, Radha’s life took a different turn.
She was married to a Yadav man and as years rolled by, Radha completed her household responsibilities and grew old, but all this while her soul was devoted to Lord Krishna.
In the last stages of her life, she left her home to meet Krishna in Dwarka. When the meeting finally happened, the duo did not need any words to replenish their relationship. They had been mentally and spiritually together all along.
With Krishna’s permission, she joined the service of the palace as a maid, and nobody came to know about Radha’s true identity. However, Radha soon realised that physical nearness to Krishna was nothing when compared to spiritual closeness. So, she left the palace without notifying anybody, not even Krishna. But the divine Lord Krishna was following Radha all the time.
In the last moments of her life when she was weak, and about to leave her body, Krishna appeared before her and granted her a final, departing wish. Radha said she wanted ‘nothing’ but Krishna insisted. She finally asked Krishna play his flute for her.
Krishna played the most melodious tune that was never played before, and dedicated it to Radha. Listening to its sweet melody, Radha divinely merged in Krishna. With this, Krishna decided that it was his final rendering of the flute. He broke the flute and threw it away in the bushes.