Ramdev Baba at Sankarshan Kund. After the opening of the meditation center at Nikunj Van Ashram, with CM Yogi Adidyanath, Ramdev Baba went to Sankarshan Kund, Goverdhan, to participate in the abhishek program of Sankarshan Bhagwan, Braj’s tallest diety, which was brought to braj from Tirupati earlier this year by Braj Foundation. Ramdev Baba expressed his appreciation for Braj Foundation’s work of in Braj and asked people to give generously to the cause. Read more (Hindi)
40th Braj Environment Conference. Local environmental activist including Ramesh Baba, gathered for a day of discussions, games and bhajans, with the aim of raising awareness and solidarity for the environmental movement in Braj. Bansheedhar Agrawal convened the conference yesterday. Agrawal and Ramesh Baba are longstanding players in the environmental movement. Their ‘Gahvarwan Bachao Andolan’ (Save Gahvarwan Movement) managed to have the Gahvarwan area declared a protected forest after a 28 year battle in the courts. Yesterday’s conference included tree planting, as well as games and bhajans in the evening. Read more (Hindi)
Protest ringleaders charged. Panighat, Vrindavan, Police have recorded the names of 10 ringleaders in yesterday’s protests. CM Yogi Adidyanath was delayed by hundreds of protesters who blocked the road, cutting off access to Nikunj Van Ashram. The CM promised that those affected by the demolitions will be provided with replacement accommodation, but, today, newspapers report that action is being taken against the protesters. In recent years, the Government has built thousands of apartments around Vrindavan for widows and people below poverty line, however, alternative accommodation has not yet been arranged for the people whose houses have been demolished as a result of the High Court decision to clear the Yamuna floodplain. Read more (Hindi)
Scientific investigation of Abhishek Offerings.
Yesterday, a team of Government officials and scientists from Lucknow came to Goverdhan to report on environmental issues. The team investigated a wide spectrum of environmental issues and even took samples of the milk being offered to Girriraj. The team is seeking solutions to the environmental problems at Goverdhan including the pollution caused by the large quantities of milk offered to Girriraj every day. The scientists said that they will look for a solution that will allow the milk to be recycled. The team also tested the water quality and sewage plant at Goverdhan. Read more (Hindi)