Damodar Temple in Damodar month. The usually crowded Radha Damodar temple is now bursting with thousands of people doing parikrama of Sanatan Goswami’s Goverdhan Shila. Kanika Goswami and Krishna Goswami told reporters that, when devotees come to the temple with hearts full of love and devotion, Thakurji arranges that they enjoy favorable circumstances. Acharya Shyam Chaturvedi said that during Kartik, all of the the 33 million demigods stay close by to help with all kinds of work, and, Krishna’s Damodar lila reminds devotees that even God allows Himself to be controlled by pure love. Read more (Hindi)
Streets Cleaned for Sri Ram’s arrival. In a cleaning program organized by Member for Mathura, Mr Srikant Sharma, residents of Braj are extending their traditional Diwali cleaning activities to the streets. Mr Srikant Sharma is riding a cycle around town to promote the cleaning program. Fullstory reports that the “cleanliness drive is turning into a people’s movement”, because, even in areas that the minister is yet to visit, people are cleaning the streets in their neighborhoods. In the lead up to Diwali, the feeling that a clean environment will attract Sri Ram and Laxmi Devi into our homes works like ‘a spoon full of sugar’ to get the cleaning done.
Yamuna Expressway Alert. The number of accidents on the Yamuna Expressway has been increasing steadily; with a total of 4505 accidents recorded in the 4.5 years since its inception. To date, the highest number of incidents was reported in 2016. So far this year, 432 accidents and 78 casualties have been recorded. Most of the accidents involve high speeds and tyre bursts. Authorities are making efforts to reduce speeding – speed cameras are being installed at toll booths and more police will be deployed to patrol the highway. Read more (English)
Shooting will start after Diwali. Shooting for Siddharth Nagar’s film, Dhabba, is scheduled to start in Mathura after Diwali. Srityam Kumar Bhattacharya and Varsha Manikand will star in the film that promises to contain a positive message about the importance of education. The trend of shooting films in Braj has increased recently, after the success of Akshay Kumar’s film Toilet, which promoted the message, ‘no toilet no bride’. Locals and temple authorities were upset by the filming of Toilet because the title is irreverent and marriage between residents of Nandagaon and Barsana is discouraged, out of reverence for Radha and Krishna’s pure love. Read more (Hindi)
25th October, 12.30pm: ISKCON’s Jagannath, Baladev, Subadra will enjoy a Rath Yatra in Vrindavan. The procession will leave from Krishna Sharanam (Near Prem Mandir), reach Attala Chungi, then return to ISKCON temple. All are invited to participate. Read more (English)
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