Celebrations in honor of Narad Muni’s BrajYatra. Monday, Mathura: Hundreds of devotees dressed as gopis and went on a yatra (walk), in honour of Narad Muni’s Braj Yatra in which he is said to have caught a glimpse of the Rasa Lila. Following a reading of Narad Puran, the kalash yatra left from Narad Kund. The Katha speaker, Sant SriRamdas Maharaj, who told devotees that pooja is always auspicious if it is done without selfish motives. Read more (Hindi)
National Security Advisor visits Banke Bihari. Monday, Vrindavan: National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval, visited Banke Bihari temple along with his family. No chances were taken with his security and he was chaperoned into a petitioned area to have special darshan. The crowd was thrilled as the Security chief’s presence caused Bihariji’s curtains to stay open for an extended time (the curtains are usually open and shut at short intervals).
Doval was only interested in having darshan and did not talk to any media representatives. The Adviser was in the temple for around half an hour, during which time he spent 10 minutes just standing and staring at Bihariji. He also participated in a special offering ceremony, gave a donation and received special prasad. Read more (Hindi)
Farmers lean how to make pickled grass for cows. Saturday, Mathura: At a workshop held at Mathura Veterinary College, farmers learned a technique of preserving green grass to feed cows through the winter. At the end of summer, before the monsoon, and at the end of winter, people have difficulty in finding fodder for their cows. Green fodder is the best for cows health as it contains the most nutrients, and is the most economical fodder, as cows give more milk when they eat green leaves. Despite being a necessity, due to the expense and difficulty in obtaining fresh grass, many householders and farmers are unable to give sufficient quantities to their cows, especially when there is a shortage of grass and prices are high.
The veterinarians at the workshop showed how 10kg cylinders can be placed underground to create preserved (pickled) grass to cover times of shortage. Shailajakant Mishra, Vice President of Brij Tirth Vikas Parishad was present at the workshop. Mishra spoke to the audience about the benefits of keeping cows. The veterinarians plan to visit villages to support farmers in implementing the technique. Read more (Hindi)
Minister Promises more assistance for Disabled. Monday, Mathura: During a celebration on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), BJP Minister Sri Krishnapal Gurjar said that artificial limbs and assistive devices that were previously only available in the West are now becoming available in India. Several people including Govindanand Tirtha Maharaj and RSS officer Rakesh Kumar Jain, spoke in praise of the work of Kalyan Karoti. Kalyan Karoti runs a school for Mathura’s diff-abled children and also organizes distribution of assistive devices such as hearing aids and artificial limbs. Read more (Hindi)
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