Radha Joshi, Daughter of Harinama Devi Dasi in Boston, Killed While Riding Bike

Dear Friends of Vaishnavas CARE,

With great sadness we announce the sudden death of Radha Joshi, the daughter of Harinama Devi Dasi, a member of the ISKCON Boston community and a senior disciple of His Holiness Niranjana Swami. We offer our sincere condolences to Harinama Dasi, as well as Radha’s husband, their two young sons, and other family members and friends who are grieving at this very difficult time. (Home Photo: Radha and her husband)

Thank you to our Philadelphia Vaishnavas CARE Volunteer, Kamala Radha Devi Dasi, for sending the following information and photo.
When His Holiness Niranjana Swami heard the news about Radha’s fatal accident, he wrote, 


“Thank you for informing me about Radha’s passing. I still remember her coming into the temple room along with her mother when she was just a very small child. It doesn’t seem as if it was so long ago. But it’s already been more than thirty years since those memories of her were first etched into my subconsciousness. Such a loss. My prayers go out to Harinama Devi Dasi and to all the members of Radha’s family. Although she will surely be missed, let all those who knew her be solaced by remembrance of her childhood services to Radha Gopivallabha and her association with the many devotees who always spent time with her. I also pray that her family will bear her loss without too much pain. I am grateful to the many devotees who are reaching out to Radha’s family members and especially to Harinama Devi Dasi. Please thank them for me.”
(Above Photo: Harinama Devi Dasi with her daughter, Radha, as a young girl.) 
The ISKCON Boston community is organizing a lot of support for the family. The Sunday school will be making cards and care packages for Radha’s two sons. If anyone would like to participate, please contact the ISKCON Boston temple.


Please read this article below that appeared in a local newspaper in Henrico County, Virginia, where Radha and her family resided. 

HENRICO COUNTY, Virginia (U.S.A.) — Family members are remembering Radha Natwarlal Joshi, of Henrico, as a “beautiful soul.” Joshi, 41, was killed while riding her bike Saturday evening in the Wyndham community of far western Henrico County.

“Radha Joshi was a loving and caring person who went above and beyond to help people in her community,” family members said in a statement. “She made the world a better place with her joyous and uplifting personality. She was a beautiful soul inside and out, who cared about everyone and we were very fortunate to have her in our lives. Radha will be missed by family and friends.”

The driver of a GMC Acadia hit Joshi near the intersection of Nuckols Road and Wyndham Park Drive at about 6:23 p.m., according to police.

“Neither speed nor intoxication are factors in this incident,” a Henrico Police spokesperson said. “This crash remains under investigation.”

Joshi was traveling south on Wyndham Park Drive, crossing over Nuckols Road, when the westbound GMC Acadia struck her, according to police.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the rider and her family,” Brantley Tyndall with Bike Walk RVA wrote in a statement. “People walking and biking are being killed in record numbers in the Richmond region and around the country, and all traffic fatalities are preventable. We need slower, safer streets designed for anyone, regardless of age or ability, to get around by any means, especially as more people are choosing active transportation.”

Joshi, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene.

Makeshift memorial at Wyndham








Memorial honors cyclist killed 



A makeshift memorial of vibrant flowers stood along a stone wall Sunday near where the crash happened.

Sam Alouf, who lives nearby, said he saw a large police presence and the road closed down Saturday.

“I just want to share my deepest condolences with the family and I know that it’s a really tough time, but they’ll get through it all and everything will be alright,” Alouf said.

The fatal crash so close his home has made Alouf consider life’s fleetingness.

“It opened my eyes up to like anything can happen at anytime and death is inevitable,” Alouf said.








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4 Responses to Radha Joshi, Daughter of Harinama Devi Dasi in Boston, Killed While Riding Bike

  1. Sangita Priya dd says:

    So sorry for the loss of your dear Radha. My heartfelt prayers for her mother, Harinama devi dasi, her husband and sons and for all family and friends who are grieving her sudden departure.
    My prayers for Radha and her dearest are offered today in Sri Vrndavan Dham.
    Hare Krsna
    Your servant
    Sangita Priya Devi Dasi

  2. Sangita Devi Dasi says:

    Thank you so very much for sending your sincere prayers from the Holy Dhama of Sri Vrindavan in India, my dear Sangita Priya Devi Dasi.

    Wishing you and your daughter a safe trip back to England!

    With appreciation,
    Sangita Devi Dasi

  3. Sangita Devi Dasi says:

    I’m one of Radha’s “service givers” at her beauty salon. I just heard about her accident and I’m deeply shocked. I usually see her every few months for her services in my salon. Our kids attend elementary school together. I am really surprised and sad at the same time about her loss. My deep condolences for her family.


    Mariam Ladhani

  4. Sangita Devi Dasi says:

    Dear Mariam,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for writing to our website. I am sure her family will appreciate your sincere condolences. I wish you and your children well.
    Hare Krishna.


    Sangita Dasi
    President, Co-Founder
    Vaishnavas CARE

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