Iron gates to stop cars entering Goverdhan Parikrama. On Monday, on the orders of the District Magistrate, Arvind Malappa Bangari, the entry of four wheeler vehicles to Parikrama Marg was restricted. There is widespread agreement that vehicle access to Parikrama marg needs to be restricted, for the safety and peace of mind of those doing traditional parikrama – on foot and by dandavats. Closing the road to four wheelers has previously been attempted, however, without much success. There are several logistical problems that need to be sorted out.
When the temporary barricades were put in place on Monday, they became bottlenecks, causing devotees doing parikrama on foot to be delayed and have to struggle to get though the barricade. There is a proposal to build gates a little distance from the Parikrama Marg so as to avoid the walking traffic jams that the temporary barriers have been causing. The other logistical problem is that residents of Radhakunda, Anyor and Jatipura villages need to travel on the Parikrama marg to access their homes. Timed openings of gates is one option that is being considered. Read more (Hindi)
5 injured, 10 arrested in village riots. Farah police have arrested 10 people of Olh village over riots, which ensued after a car hit a house yesterday. The riots started when village resident Ramgopal hit a parked van and Munna and Aikil’s house after he swerved to avoid a cyclist. Superintendant of police, Shravan Kumar, said that after the car hit the house, tensions flared and people began throwing stones and using sticks to beat each other. Several people have been admitted in the district hospital and the ringleaders have been arrested. Olh village both is home to both Hindus and Muslims, so the incident is being described as a flare up of longstanding tensions between the two groups. Read more (Hindi)
Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam visits Vrindavan. Yesterday, Sonu Nigam visited Vrindavan. Nigam took darshan of Bihariji and also spoke at a press conference. Speaking at the conference, Nigam said that devotional music can be considered a genre of music but it is really a field apart. He said that devotional music has the power to give comfort and peace to the mind, it gives strength and leads to self-realization.
Nigam is credited with being one of the ‘most versatile’ of Bollywood singers. He was trained in Hindustani classical music by Ghulam Mustafa Khan, and started his singing career at 4 years old by singing with his father at weddings. He is famous for playback and live performances in several Indian languages. Read more (Hindi)
Chopper services promised for all pilgrimage places. The BJP is focusing on beautification and cleanliness in its election campaign for the local bodies elections that will take place later this month. In addition to promising goshalas in every city where land is available, the party is also promising chopper services for all pilgrimage places, including Ayodhya, Vrindavan, Kashi, Chitrakoot and Mirzapur. Read more (English)