Foreigners volunteer to clean Braj. Braj Vrindavan Act Now has stepped up its efforts to keep Braj clean. The organization’s founder, Paramadvaiti Swami, has an intense love for Braj, which helps him inspire the people who stay at his ashram to help with cleaning projects. Braj Vrindavan Act Now previously focused on cleaning the area around Madan Mohan and Radhagopinath temples. Now they will extend their efforts to the Parikrama Marg and riverfront. Hindustan reports that devotees from countries such as Belgium, Colombia, Germany and Chile participated in the recent cleaning campaign.
Bhaiji says: Don’t fight darkness, light a lamp. Parasauli village, Goverdhan: Ramesh Ojha, (Bhaiji), one of the most popular Bhagavatam speakers in India, yesterday, described his conception of God as being both mother and father. He said that Bhagavat katha represents the female aspect because it acts like a mother, teaching and gently guiding. Bhaiji told the audience that fighting darkness is useless, but it will disappear by itself when we light a lamp. Putting his theory into practice, Bhaiji presided over ‘Nandotsav’ celebrations with the joyful singing of the bhajan, “Nand ke anand bhaye re, jay jay Kanaya lal ki” Read more (Hindi)
Widow marriage in Gopinath Temple. A woman who lost her husband while on a religious pilgrimage in Kedarnath, will be remarried on Monday in Radha Gopinath Temple, Vrindavan. Radha Gopinath is one of the 7 main historical temples of Vrindavan, so, for them to hold a widow marriage is a courageous break with tradition. In the past, widows were not even allowed to attend religious festivals, but this has been changing recently. The marriage ceremony will be traditional, with the exception that the henna ceremony and mahila sangeet (women’s kirtan) will be performed by widows. Read more (Hindi)
MVDA fails to attend tribunal hearing. The National Green Tribunal’s attempts to hold Matura Vrindavan Development Authority (MVDA) officials accountable for the poor state of sewerage plants in Mathura-Vrindavan are being thwarted by the MVDA’s lack of co-operation. At the last hearing of the tribunal, senior advocates for the MVDA were not present. National Green Tribunal has issued a warning that MVDA will be fined Rs1 Lakh if they fail to present their case at the next hearing on 17th October. Read more (Hindi)