Srila Prabhupada’s Disappearance Day festivities. Hundreds of foreign devotees packed into Vrindavan’s ISKCON temple yesterday, for the anniversary of the disappearance day of the organization’s founder, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada. Gopal Krishna Goswami gave a lecture highlighting Srila Prabhupada’s achievements in spreading sanatan dharma. While every Hindu sampradaya has a slightly different focus, all agree that people should follow sanatan dharma – the practices of everyday life that promote non-violence, joyfulness and godliness. Gopal Krishna Goswami said that the chanting of Hare Krishna by so many foreigners is a wonderful victory for sanatan dharma.
CM Yogi will hand out gold medals in Vrindavan. CM Yogi Adityanath will be among the special guests at GLA University’s 6th Graduation ceremony, on 1st November. CM Yogi will be the chief guest at the ceremony. The other distinguished guests and speakers will and, ISRO professor and Padma Bhushan winner, AS Pillai and the founder of Brahmos Aerospace. The graduation ceremony will begin with the lighting of a lamp and Saraswati Vandana. CM Yogi will hand out 12 gold and 12 silver medals as well as merit certificates and titles to top performing students. While in Vrindavan, CM Yogi’s plans to inaugurate a Radha Krishna temple and guest house at Keshav Dham, during his visit to Vrindavan, have previously been announced. Read more (Hindi)
A Visit to Druv Tila. Around 10 kms from Mathura, down the National Highway, is a temple dedicated to Druva Mahraj, one of Vishnu’s greatest devotees. At the tender age of 5, Dhruva Maharaj left his home to do penance in the forest, so that Vishnu would give him the boon of being well respected. Upon seeing Lord Vishnu, Dhruva Maharaj forgot all his worldly desires and could not even speak. This lila has come to symbolize the insignificance of the pleasure gained form worldly desires when compared to the joy of bhakti. The hill where Dhruva Maharaj meditated with such forceful determination has also been the site of more recent appearances of Lord Vishnu. The temple features a centuries old stone tablet carved by a sadhu who states that Lord Vishnu appeared to him there. Read more (Hindi)
Villagers’ homes demolished. Aynaur village, Goverdhan: Dozens of villagers’ homes are being demolished under the National Green Tribunal’s no-construction policy , which does not allow even temporary constructions within 3 kilometers of Goverdan hill. Aynaur village is home to several important pilgrimage places such as Vallabacharya’s sitting place and Sankarshan kund. Read more (Hindi)
Illegal garbage burning continues. Municipal cleaning teams continue to burn garbage despite fines imposed by the National Green Tribunal. At a meeting with journalists yesterday, Vrindavan’s conversationalists, residents and sants were all in agreement that the municipal has no proper system for waste disposal. Even during this Kartik festival season, waste is being piled up on the sides of streets. People are often seen walking with cloths covering their mouths, trying to avoid the stink and the solution of burning waste is also unacceptable as it produces air pollution, which reaches dangerous levels, especially during the winter months. Read more (Hindi)