An inspector-general of police in Lucknow recently dressed himself up as a gopi and danced about as one would in Krishna's rasa lila. People reacted with amusement, asto-nishment or shock. Some even declared the IGP crazy.
To evolved Krishna devotees, however, it was very much a part of Vaishnava devotional tradition — Raganuga Bhakti Sadhana — that is practised by some sects in Vraja to this day. Raganuga Bhakti Sadhana was first presented and elaborated by Srila Rupa Goswami, a disciple of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, around five centuries ago in his treatise Bhaktirasamrtasindhu or Ocean of the Nectar of Devotion.