Millions of devotees from Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and other places thronged Vrindavan and other towns of Vraj on the eve of the new year. The streets were crowded as the visiting devotees came to spend the beginning of the New Year under divine shelter.
Banke Bihari Temple attracted the most crowd, and the number of visitors broke the record of the past several years. And the crowd in the other temples was not much less than the Banke Bihari Mandir.
Shri Krishna Janmasthan and Dwarkadheesh Mandir of Mathura, Radha Rani Mandir in Barsana, Nand Bhavan in Nandgaon, and the temples in Gokul also drew a large number of visitors. Thousands performed Giriraj Parikrama in Govardhan.
Devotees gathered in the Saptadevalya Temples of Radha Raman, Radha Shyam Sundar, Radha Damodar etc. at the Mangala Arati, before sunrise to begin the day of the New Year with the Lordships of Vrindavan.
Several cultural events were organized on the 31st December and on the first day of the year. Chaitanya Sampradayacharya Acharya Shri Venu Gopal Goswami distributed divine nectar with his melodious bhajans at Bhramar Ghat and Shri Radha Raman Mandir. The devotees became ecstatic during the bhajans and danced to the tunes of the divine melody.
Meanwhile, in Barsana a devotee from Delhi donated a singhasan (throne) made of silver for Laadli ji at Radha Rani Mandir in Barsana. The weight of the singhasan is 31 kg (about 68 pounds), and cost Rupees 21 lakh (about 31,000 USD). The devotees offered many valuable items to the temples along with cash donations.
Vehicles coming from outside were stopped in the border of Vrindavan. Visitors auto rickshaws, e-rickshaws, and other small vehicles to enter the town.
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