There was a special meeting of the BVHA yesterday at Kishor Van. Kishor Van is the place of Hariram Vyasa, a direct disciple of Madhavendra Puri. He was one of the significant figures on the Vrindavan in the early 16th century and many of his songs mention gosthis of Prabodhananda, Rupa, Sanatan, Haridas Swami and Hari Vyas and other important pioneers of the rasika bhakti movement of the time. Hariram Vyasa was very close to Hit Harivams, and Kishore Van was originally an extension of Seva Kunj, but at some point was separated from it by a wall on the north side. I believe that the Rasa Mandal here was one of the first if not the very first in Vrindavan.
Minutes of the meeting of Braj-Vrindavan Heritage Alliance (BVHA)
Place: Kishor Van
Date: 5th May 2010
Present: Shri Bal Krishna Goutam, Shri Govind Kishor Goswami, Dr. Devendra Chaitanya Brahmachari, Ms. Nirguna Dasi, Shri Jagadananda Das, Ms. Katie Walter, Acharya Naresh Narain, Shri Arup Govinda Das, Shri Indra Pahuja, Shri Krishna Gopal Gupta, Jagannath Poddar, Ms. Pratibha Sharma, Ms. Sita Agrawal, Shri Ram Narayan Brajwasi, Dr. Chandra Prakash Sharma, Shri Damodar Sharma, Shri Suresh Vedpathi, Shri Gopal Ji, Shri Suresh Chandra Sharma, Shri Jagadananda Das, Shri Madhumangal Shukla, Shri Ravindra Kulshreshtha, Shri Satyamurti Saraswat
Chair: Thakur Shri Jugal Kishor through His servant Shri Govind Kishor Goswami. The following topics were discussed in the meeting & unanimously resolved:
Vrindavan is the holy abode of the Divine Couple of Shri Radha and Krishna. Vrindavan itself is a temple and swarup of the Lord, hence it is adorable. We being the citizens of the town and the devotee of Shri Krishna have the prime responsibility of maintaining the sanctity of this holy town and decorate it by planting trees.
Though Vrindavan is being turned into a concrete jungle, the Alliance will try to revive its symbolic sacred groves and gardens. The Kishor Van will be developed as a model sacred grove which will remind visitors and pilgrims how Vrindavan was in Krishna’s time. The linkages with Forestry, Horticultural and Agriculture Departments will be set up to take their technical advice. Typical trees of Kadamba, Tamal, Peelu, Piyabansa, Kareel, Paras Peepal will be planted in Kishor Van
The Alliance intends, for various reasons, to focus more on private rather than public land to develop the greenery.