Goverdhan, 2018.01.30 (VT) In the wake of Vrindavan and Barsana’s recognition as official pilgrimage sites (tirtha stal), the Govardhan Area Council (Nagar Panchayat) has applied for the same status for Govardhan.
The proposal was finalized on Monday and was unanimously voted for by the council members before being sent to the state government for approval.
The benefits of the designation as official pilgrimage site include: increased tourism, increased funding for town development works, and a ban on activities that are offensive to Hindu sensibilities, such as the sale of liquor meat and eggs.
The declaration of Vrindavan and Barsana as official pilgrimage sites last year left the residents of other places in Braj feeling that their towns were being unfairly neglected. Goeshwar Nath Chaturvedi, trustee of Sri Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sansthan, alleged that the state government committed a “blunder” in declaring only Vrindavan and Barsana to be holy pilgrimage places.
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