A hundred years of Bihariji Seva, As deep daan is offered in temples and homes around Braj and its outreaches in devotees’ homes across the world, Bihariji is set to get a special offering of 1008 lamps. The Goswamis at Banke Bihari temple will offer the 1008 lamps every day of the auspicious month of Kartik. The 1008 ghee lamps will be offered from the day after Sharad Purnima. Ashok Goswami said that his family have been making the offering of 1008 lamps to Bihariji for over 100 years. Read more (Hindi)
Devotees on parikrama get into sanitation drive. With lobbying for a cleaner Vrindavan recently increasing in intensity, Barsana’s Ramesh Baba has decided to incorporate village cleanliness drives in his traditional chaurasi kos parikrama program. Ramesh Baba has been running the 40 day chaurasi kos parikram program for the last 30 years, but, this year is set to be a little different. In a lecture at 6am on Tuesday, Ramesh Baba told devotees that the parikrama schedule will include participation in Village cleanliness campaigns and the Yamuna Mukti Abhiyan. Participation in Ramesh Baba’s Chaurasi Kos parikrama is free and food and medicine is provided to participants. Hundreds of devotees from overseas and around India are currently participating in the 40 day of Braj, which started on Tuesday. Read more (Hindi)
Toilet awareness campaign on Gandhi Jayanti.
Sanitation committees visited over 60 villages in the lead up to Gandhi Jayanti; including Baldev village, Mant, Raya, Chatta, Chowmah, Farah and Nawaz. The awareness campaign was organized by Department of Public Relations Officer (DPRO), Mr Pritam Singh. The sanitation committees provided information to villagers about the dangers of open defecation, such as the spread of disease and danger to women and girls. It is hard to believe that there are still people who don’t understand the need for a toilet in the house, but; with women becoming increasingly aware of their rights, things are changing. In one case, a woman dragged her father-in-law to the police station to have her demand for a toilet heard. Read more (English)
Youths drown in Yamuna Jahangirpur Village, Mathura, 1 youth drowned, 1 rescued. 22 year old Neeraj and his friend Rasbihari were taking a bath in the Yamuna when they suddenly found themselves in deep water. Hearing their shouts, villagers who were watering their buffaloes nearby, came to the rescue and pulled Rasbihari out; but, by that time, Neeraj had disappeared into the deeper waters. At the time of posting, police divers are searching, however, a body has not been located. Read more (Hindi)