Priest claims that Tarauli Kund heals skin problems. Tarauli village, Mathura: Yesterday, devotees of Swami Baba took a dip in the village’s kund and watched wrestling matches. After the wrestling match, thousands of villagers and guests bathed in the kund. Village priest, Balaram Gautam, said the kund has the power to cure skin diseases. The festivities are part of the village’s annual Lakhi Festival, which begins from Devotthan Ekadasi. Yesterday, wrestlers came from all over India to participate in a tournament. The winner, Jitendra Singh, bagged Rs. 31 000 in prize money. Tarauli village is famous for being the place where Lord Kartikeyi slayed the Tarkasur demon. Read more (Hindi)
Winter offering: roasted almonds and hot milk. In Goverdhan’s Daan-Ghati temple, special preparations are being made so that Giriraj ji will be well served during this winter season. These days, Giriraj ji’s usual offering of makhan mishri is being supplemented with roasted almonds and hot milk. Thakhurji’s breakfast includes special sweets with winter-warming ingredients, such as black pepper, cloves, saffron, nutmeg, small cardamom and large cardamom. At lunchtime, special ingredients (bajra and mewa) are added to the regular offering of daal and rice. Read more (Hindi)
ISKCON parikrama reaches Rawal. Yesterday, the thousands of devotees on ISKCON’s Braj Mandal Parikrama camped at Rawal. Rawal is Radha Rani’s birthplace and is 4kms south of Gokul, Sri Krishna’s birthplace. Today is Kartik Purnima, the last day of the month long Kartik festival. Some foreign devotees are even flying out today – flight prices are cheaper today, because, who would want to leave Braj on Kartik Purnima? The temples of Rawal were filled with ISKCON devotees chanting the Mahamantra and taking the last opportunity to get the 1000 fold benefit from spiritual activities performed during Kartik.
Russian woman accuses bank manager of rape. The manager of UCO Bank’s Vrindavan branch, Mahendra Prasad Singh, has been arrested based on a complaint filed by a Russian woman; Deputy Superintendent of Police, Vijay Shanker Mishra told the press. The Russian woman met Singh online in November 2016 and came to Vrindavan to meet him. She alleges that after she arrived in Vrindavan, she was taken to a house and raped repeatedly. She said that the bank manager threatened her with consequences if she complained to the police, however, after gaining the support of other Russian women, she filed a report. Read more (English)
CM Yogi paints his office saffron. State CM, Yogi Adityanath’s office is a five-storied building which was erected in 1982 during the regime of the then chief minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh. It remained off-white for several years, until the arrival of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati. During her last stint (2007-2012), the BSP chief decided to make it spotless white. Her successor Akhilesh Yadav, of the Samajwadi Party, chose to maintain the sparkling white colour, but, now CM Yogi has now changed it to saffron. The BJP’s passion for saffron has seen the colour of buses and even the straps of Government ID cards changed to saffron. CM Yogi’s passion for saffron is seen as positive by some, whereas others feel it is divisive. Read more (English)