The two hours long cleanliness drive began from the Raman Reti police chowki amid the Kirtan performed by a section of the students. Sixty students wearing gloves picked up plastic, papers, leaf-plates and other trashes. The garbage was collected in the rickshaws and mini-trucks of Friends of Vrindavan (FoV). The volunteers from FoV helped the students to clean the big heaps of garbage.
The students were divided into three groups. The younger students picked up the plastic etc. whereas the senior students cleaned the road with brooms and brushes. A group of students educated the people to keep Vrindavan clean by not littering in the open street. They also asked the ‘chai-wallas’ to replace the plastic cups with the ‘kulladhs’.
A unique way of awareness campaign was adopted, as the students performed Kirtan with Mridanga before pointing out to the people not to throw the garbage in the open. Where ever they found accumulated garbage they performed Kirtan loudly to attract people’s attention. Then they asked people to keep Vrindavan clean. The garbage heaps were simultaneously cleaned by another group.
The cleanliness drive ended at Kalidah, where all the groups assembled at the Samadhi of Shri Prabodhananda Saraswati. Shri Tamal Krishna Das Brahmachari from the Imlitala Mahaprabhu Mandir gave discourse on the significance of cleaning Vrindavan. Shri Tamal Krishna Das told the students, “You are fortunate to get the opportunity of serving Shri Dham Vrindavan. Shri Prabodhananda Saraswati Pada glorified Vrindavan in the several books written by him. Shri Shyamanda Prabhu found the anklet of Radha Rani while cleaning Shri Dham Vrindavan. ‘Gundicha Marjan’, the cleaning of the Gundicha Mandir was a favorite pastime of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.”
Shri Radha Kanta Das, Shri Lila Govinda Das, Shri Yogesh Yadav, Shri Chandra Shekhar Pandey, Smt. Mahua Dasi and many other teachers of the BGIS also participated in the ‘Swachh Abhiyan’. Shri Jagannath Poddar, Shri Ajay Das, Shri Akhilesh Chaturvedi and the FoV volunteers were also present during the cleanliness drive.
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