The 1,000-odd widows of Vrindavan Tuesday evening marched through the narrow streets of this holy town, demanding a cleaner Yamuna and urgent steps to check pollution in the river.

Several hundred of them were holding “diyas” in their hands to draw public attention towards the sad state of the river in the Braj area.
“The virtually dead river has been reduced to a vast sewage canal that carries waste and toxins from upstream cities and Delhi,” said Roopa, an elderly widow.

Lalita Adhikari, 104, said: “Like others, we too are concerned about the river. Most of us come to Vrindavan because of our love for Krishna and the Yamuna river, but now the situation has become unbearable.”

On the initiative of NGO Sulabh International, the widows began their three-day Diwali celebrations at the seven ashrams here.
All the ashrams have been decorated tastefully with lights and earthen lamps.

The festival mood was infectious as locals too joined them in singing bhajans.

Earlier treated as “inauspicious”, the widows were not allowed to take part in rituals till Sulabh took a keen interest in their uplift.
The NGO takes care of the health and day-to-day requirements of the widows. Vocational training is also provided to many.
Sulabh founder Bindeshwar Pathak said: “Sulabh will continue with its nationwide campaign for the welfare of the widows.”

Pathak said he intends to draft a bill and hand it over to parliament to improve the plight of widows, abandoned by their families. He said he will urge all political parties to support the proposed bill.

 

Source indiatvnews.com

 


Mathura, 2014.10.11

 

The Central Government has begun to work on the initiative of making Mathura a heritage city. The Modi government has sought complete data on what needs to be done for developing Mathura in that direction. A report has to be sent to the government within a week, describing the culture, archaeology and urban development.

Senior officials from the Union Urban Development Ministry interacted with the District Magistrate of Mathura and the Vice Chairman of the Mathura-Vrindavan Development Authority by video conferencing, and sought the report on heritage city within a week.

They wanted to know on what basis Mathura can be qualified as a heritage city. They wanted a list of ancient historical heritage buildings and a full description of its cultural heritage. They are also seeking suggestions from the Mathura District Administration on how to conserve these heritage buildings and culture.

The Union Government announced the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) for seven cities of the country in its yearly budget. Mathura was also selected to be part of this plan along with Amritsar, Ajmer, Gaya, Kanchipuram, Varanasi, Vailenkani.

The joint secretary of the Urban Development Ministry held video conferences with the District Magistrates of all these seven cities. B. Chandrakala, the District Magistrate of Mathura and Nagendra Pratap, Vice-chairman of the Mathura-Vrindavan Development Authority participated in the video conferencing from Mathura.

After the video conferencing the District magistrate has instructed all the officials of the various departments to be present in a meeting to discuss the heritage tag for Mathura. She asked them to come in the meeting with the suggestions on the link road between the heritage buildings, their conversation and their present condition.

Rs 200 Cr has been set aside by the Union government to conserve and preserve heritage in the above-mentioned cities by way of a joint program between government, academic institutions and local communities. The government’s stated goal is to increase global tourism.

“India’s rich cultural, historical, religious and natural heritage provides a huge potential for the development of tourism and job creation as an industry,” the Finance Minister said in his speech announcing the plan back in July.

The travel and tourism sector in India has seen a 40 percent jump in employment in June 2014 compared to the same period last year. In 2013, the travel and tourism sector in India generated 35 million jobs.

 

 

Source vrindavantoday.org


On the 03 October, 2014, Sri Radha Raman gave a Special darshan celebrating Sri Ramachandra Vijay Utsav. The temple was full of His devotees offering Him beautiful garlands and many gifts.

Sandhya Aarti Sandarshan:

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The Mathura-Vrindavan-Goverdhan circuit holds a dozen festivals and fairs every year which draw hundreds of thousands of pilgrims. Estimates of the crowd vary from eight lakh to 80 lakh.

The Mathura-Vrindavan-Goverdhan circuit holds a dozen festivals and fairs every year which draw hundreds of thousands of pilgrims. Estimates of the crowd vary from eight lakh to 80 lakh.

The world’s tallest Krishna temple under construction, numerous religious shrines, forests and historical holy ponds, a living cultural entity with a distinct identity, visited by millions of people round the year: Vrindavan – the abode of the much-loved and playful Hindu god Krishna – is crying for heritage town status to preserve its rich traditions and physical assets.

“Hundreds of holy ponds in Braj mandal and the sacred groves where Krishna and (his consort) Radha frolicked with gopis are revered and worshipped by millions of bhaktas (devotees) spread all over the globe. A town associated with the living legend of Krishna and Radha deserves to be granted heritage status to protect what is left,” Rajneesh Kapur of the NGO Braj Foundation told IANS in this town 160 km from Delhi.

“Vrindavan is considered in many sacred texts as the centre of Braj, a region covering over 45 square miles (117 sq km) in which the majority of the villages, water tanks and natural landscape are connected to a long-standing living tradition of local folklore associated with the events narrated in the holy scripture called Srimad Bhaagavatam,” activist Rakesh Haripriya told IANS.

Each year hundreds of thousands of Vaishanavites from across the globe visit Vrindavan for a “darshan” or “parikrama” of the shrines associated with Krishna and his consort Radha.

The Mathura-Vrindavan-Goverdhan circuit holds a dozen festivals and fairs every year which draw hundreds of thousands of pilgrims. Estimates of the crowd vary from eight lakh to 80 lakh.

“Every month, a few million pilgrims join the Goverdhan parikrama,” Gopi Ballabh, a panda, told IANS.

“Vrindavan annually receives 80 lakh pilgrims who demonstrate the living devotional heritage of Braj by engaging in various unique and heartfelt activities, including the 21-kilometre circumnambulation of Govardhan Hill in dandavats (the act of lying down, marking one’s place, and then moving one body length forward to lie down again until circumnambulation is complete),” Jagan Nath Poddar, convener of the Friends of Vrindavan NGO, told IANS.

“In the realm of arts and music, the area has nurtured haveli sangeet, samaj gayan, raas leelas, dance forms like Charakula and inspired paintings and sculptures. Hindi literature in Braj bhasha dilect has been enriched by great poets like Surdas and Rasa Khan. Krishna and Radha are the chief focus of the dance called Rasa dance, which teaches the world that God loves everyone and allows all to long for Him and to enter His abode,” said Madhumangal Shukla, convenor of the Braj Vrindavan Heritage Alliance (BVHA).

Vrindavan and the greater area of Braj have inspired the founding of religious and monastic communities all over the world, many of which are named after places in Braj such as Vrindavan and the events which have taken place there. “There are not many New Yorks but many New Vrindavans, New Varsanas, New Goverdhans, and New Gokulas in all countries around the world which are visited by pilgrims. These are all places created in the spirit and image of Vrindavan and greater Braj,” Girdhari Brajwasi, a local priest,
told IANS.

All philosophical schools of India have ashrams in Vrindavan, making it home to a wider variety of Hindu philosophy than any other tirtha (pilgrim centre) in India.
“Vrindavan and the greater Braj region encompass an amazingly broad range of living devotion; God can be worshipped as a child in Vatsalya Rasa, as a friend in Sakya Rasa, as a servant in Dasya Rasa and even as a sweetheart in Madhurya Rasa. These modes of devotion are unique as a broadly accepted multi-part system, and the theological concepts they embody are arguably more varied than those found in other world religions,” activist Chandra Prakash Sharma told IANS.

Vrindavan and the greater Braj region have the most impressive architectural pieces inspired by love; slave labour was unthinkable for the seers who inspired Braj’s monuments of devotion. Vrindavan and the greater Braj region practise vegetarianism and abstinence from the consumption of alcohol as a spiritual observance, which, even without being imposed, is followed by almost all, Sharma added.

Vrindavan and Braj have a grand history of royal patronage; it was once the place where every Indian maharajah had to have a temple, guesthouse and goshalla (cow shelter), among others. Today, Krishna devotees who come from distant countries often acquire and renovate these palaces, which are abandoned and neglected since the maharajahs of the past have had their government stipends and royal status taken away.

The name of Krishna in the form of the Mahamantra or Govinda is the most recorded and heard music in the world; for example, George Harrison’s song, “My Sweet Lord”, is still amongst the world’s most requested and well-known songs, Poddar explained.

The Yamuna river in Vrindavan has numerous ghats with permanent structures that need to be conserved. The ghats have to be renovated and a canal can bring water to attract visitors and facilitate boating.

“We hope our MP, Hema Malini (of the BJP), will pursue the matter and soon we will see some fundamental changes. The state government has already constituted a separate board for the development of the Braj area,” Poddar said.

 

Source vina.cc


August 12th, 2014Balaram Purnima

See a few of the Special Darshans for this year’s Balaram Purnima Feast in Sri Vrindaan Dham.

 

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Sri Sri Radha Raman Ji

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Sri Sri Radha Raman Ji

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Sri Gopeshawar Mahadev

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Sri Sri Radha Vallabh

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ISKCON Temple


Sripad Sevak Caranji one of the great protectors of Vrindavan from many years ago. Leader of different projects that fight for Braj Mandal protection.

 

[BVHA] Sevak Caranji one of the great protectors of Vrindavan from many years ago


Srimati Padmashree Geeta Chandran offering a Bharatnayam dance performance to Sri Radha Ramanji, nritya seva.

Radha Raman Temple, Sri Vrindavan Dham on 15 June 2014.


Tewfic El-Sawy is a New York City freelance photographer specializing in documenting endangered cultures and traditional life ways of Asia, Latin America and Africa. Known as The Travel Photographer.

 

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The campus and surrounding of Shri Gokulananda Mandir was cleaned under the Vrindavan Cleaning Fund Programme of Friends of Vrindavan.

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