Vrindavan, 2017.08.07 (VT): Ascetics rejoiced as the Yamuna’s waves once again lapped against her favorite, Keshi Ghat. Thousands of devout Hindus led by the priests of Shri Dham Vrindavan plunged into the holy river on Monday in a ritual they believe can wash away their sins. The ceremony took place during the Shravani Purnima, which is also Jhulan Purnima.
A sea of humanity assembled on the river bank as people waited patiently for their turn to step into the water. Men in their underpants, women in saris and children – naked and clothed, chanted Hindu scriptures, while stepping into the water. The bathing process was initiated by the Dham’s priests or Teertha Purohits. Devotees also participated in Yamuna Aarati.
The Adi Varaha Purana confirms that a bath in Keshi Ghat is worth 1000 dips in the Ganga. The results of bathing in all holy places await those who bathe here.
Despite the conspiracy to destroy the iconic Keshi Ghat with all the so-called developmental projects inaugurated by the government which are forcing the river to flow far away from it, the Yamuna has once again touched its favorite abode and is flowing alongside Keshi Ghat.
The state government has made a proposal to reclaim the land beyond the last step of Keshi Ghat and lay giant sewer pipes in front of it. Then at some distance from Keshi Ghat, they would build new concrete ghats. The government has even completed the sheet piling in front of the ghat in order to make a foundation for the expanded ghats. This work has been halted thanks to Vrindavan activists who opposed the project and challenged it in different courts.
Keshi Ghat in Vrindavan is the most important Yamuna Ghat of Vrindavan and the center of various types of activities. It is surrounded by majestic palaces, the Yamuna River and the Yugal Kishor Mandir.
Sunrise at Keshi Ghat is a time when the beauty of Vrindavan’s skyline can be fully experienced. At the same time, one can see the holy town’s religious landscape as many of its residents assemble to perform ablutions and various other religious activities there. People who visit Vrindavan should never lose opportunity to bathe and perform rituals there.