Thousands attend Jai Gurudev’s Bhandara-Satsang-Mela. Wednesday, Mathura: Thousands attended the last day of the program at the Jai Gurudev temple on the highway between Vrindavan and Mathura. The crowd was reminded to attend the next program, during Holi. Jagran reports that controversy surrounding the appointment of the next acharya, after Baba Jai Gurudev left his body, caused fewer people to attend the program last year, however, this year, the crowds are back as Pankaj Maharaj has won people’s hearts. Baba Pankaj Maharaj reminded devotees that Gurus appear to help people cross the bhavsagar (sea of turbulent emotions that prevent people from being able to focus on the supreme). Babaji said temptation is always around the corner, and that giving in to temptation is the reason that the immortal soul enters the realm of the mortal. Babaji said that, entrapment in the bhavsagar and falling to temptation prevents people from using the opportunity of a human life to cut connections to the mortal world.
Tyre factories shut down pending election results. Wednesday, Koshikalan: Tyre factory owners sought a meeting with the SDM in relation to re-opening their factories, which were shut down pending inspection, however, the factory owners were told that the official would not be available to meet with them until after announcement of the election results (due to be released on 1st December). The factories were sealed because of complaints about excessive smoke causing air pollution in the area. Read more (Hindi)
Beautification and increased security for Janma Bhoomi. Wednesday, Mathura: Janma Bhoomi and the surrounding market is about to be given a facelift. A toilet block and parking lot are being installed in the area. At a meeting, contractors gave their progress reports. The contractors said that their work will be completed by early 2019. Municipal Commissioner Dr. Ujjwal Kumar said that the soil that was used on Vrindavan’s parikrama marg must be replaced with clean soil. Read more (Hindi)
Traffic lights across the city in disrepair. Thursday, Mathura: Amar Ujala reports that, 7 years ago, traffic lights were installed across the city, however, due to lack of funds, the contract for their maintenance was given to an Agra company. The company was given the rights to place advertisements around the signals, in return for their maintenance. Despite making money from the ads, the company did not maintain the signals. The company has been warned that they must hold up their end of the bargain. In the interim, thousands of drivers have been inconvenienced by delays and hundreds of litres of petrol have been wasted by cars idling in traffic jams.
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