The All India Kashiraj Trust organized a grand ceremony at the President’s house in Delhi. This trust is dedicated to publishing the ancient scriptures of India. It is a matter of great pride for Braj that Acharya Shrivastava Goswami Maharaj, acharya of the Shri Radharaman Temple and trustee of the AIKT played a vital role in the event. This ceremony marked the release of the new annotated edition of the Garud Puran, created through the efforts of the King of Kashi, Shri Anant Narayan Singh, who is the chief editor and chairman of the trust.
The book’s release was formally inaugurated by the President of India, the honorable Shri Pranab Mukherjee himself. Dr. Anant Narayan Singh spoke about the trust’s mission to publish new, high quality editions of the Purans. These new editions will include English and Hindi translations with commentary by various prominent scholars. Addressing the gathering, His Excellency, the President, emphasized the dire need for the publication, teaching and study of the sacred scriptures like the Purans and the positive impact such noble efforts can make on Indian culture as a whole.
Acharya Shrivastava Goswami Maharaj spoke in detail about the Garud Puran’s significance as an encyclopedia of Bharatiya cultrure. Dr. Karn Singh, Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, Dr. Ramkaran Sharma, Dr. Valmiki Singh, Dr. Janardan, Padmashri Dr. Gita Chandran and other scholars spoke about the cultural and intellectual influence of the Purans from a modern perspective.
Acharya Shrivastava Goswami Maharaj presented His Excellency, the President, with a portrait of Shri Radharaman Lal and a package of Prasad. He also invited the President to visit Vrindavan and take part in the temple’s ongoing summer Nikunj Mahotsav.
Summer in Vrindavan may be excruciatingly hot, but that doesn’t stop the devotees from celebrating the most delightful festivals for Shri Radha and Krishna. One such summer festival, the Jal Yatra, was recently celebrated in the temples throughout Vrindavan. Jal Yatra comes every year on the full moon of the Jyeshtha month. During this festival fountains or showers are installed on the altar to sprinkle Shri Radha and Krishna with cool water.
Some temples have a kund in the courtyard where ThakurJi goes for a boat ride while in other temples there are fountains that sprinkle the deity with water. At the Shri Radha Raman temple this year, greenery adorned the altar in the form of a kalpa vriskh or a wish fulfilling tree, bearing all kinds of fruits. The temple was absolutely packed with devotees who were trying to catch a glimpse of the Lord.
All major temples of Vrindavan celebrated this festival. The ShahJi Mandir also displayed its famous multicolored fountains for the pleasure of the divine couple. This Jal Yatra also coincides with the Snan Yatra in Puri, Orissa. Snan Yatra is considered to be the birthday of Jagannath Dev.
Recently an announcement was made that Vrindavan’s historic Jaipur Mandir will be developed as a tourist destination. The minister of Rajasthan Devasthan department, Mr. Rajkumar Rinwan was the one to make this announcement. He was on a three day visit to Vrindavan to celebrate Shri Radha Madhav Ji’s 100th patotsav. The upgrades to the temple will consist of landscaping throughout the complex, benches and fountains made of Rajasthani stone, permanent lighting in all parts of the temple, drinking water and toilet facilities.
There will also be a small shopping centre that will showcase the unique handicrafts of Rajasthan. Devotees visiting the temple will also have the opportunity to learn about the culture of Rajasthan along with receiving the Lord’s blessing and darshan. The government of Rajasthan has allocated 30 lakh rupees for this project. Sunil Makkad, the commissioner of the Rajasthan Devasthan Vibhag informed that the department will submit the proposal to the state government within a week.
The plan is being prepared and will be brought into action in collaboration with the Public Works Department.
This Friday, the 2nd of June, marks the beginning of the Acharya Shrivastava Goswami Maharaj’s seva at the Shri Radharaman Temple in Vrindavan. Maharajji is a senior Acharya of Radharaman Temple and the founding trustee of the Vrindavan daily, Vrindavan Today. This year the seva will be held from 2nd June to 5th July. This year is also special because it marks the 475th anniversary of Shri Radharamanji’s appearance.
Each morning of the seva period, a complete reading of the Shrimas Bhagavatam will be performed by 40 scholars. 10 Bengali vaishnavs will also be present who will be reading the Chaitanya Bhagavat. In addition to this, the auspicious prayers of Gopal Sahasranam and Narayan Kavach will also be chanted. Each jhanki or darsha of Shri Radharamanji will be accompanied by the appropriate music and songs describing Radharamanji’s lila at that moment.
The daily raag seva will be brought to life by the master vocalist Shri Tarun Krishna Das and pankhwaj virtuoso Shri Krishna Gopal Sharma. Each morning and evening there will be a special guest artist who will present an offering of song and dance for Radharamanji. A ceremony called Rajopachar Seva will be offered twice a day during Shringar Aarti and Sandhya Aarti during which the devotees will hold flags and other sacred symbols.
Throughout the seva period Radharamanji will wear gorgeous new outfits specially handcrafted by the ladies of the Shrivastava Goswami household and new jewellery will be offered to Him as well. New tapestries have also been ordered from the royal printer of Jaipur. Each day Radharamanji will be offered a new kunj or a beautiful forest hideaway.
Some notable holidays during this seva period are:
2nd June: Seva period begins
4th June: Ganga Dussehra
5th June: Nirjala Ekadashi
9th June: Jal Yatra
25th June: Rath Yatra
2nd July: Special Chappan Bhog Darshan
5th July: Seva period ends
Do not be misled by the title of this blog. We at Krishna Bhumi fully acknowledge the fact that the twin cities of Mathura and Vrindavan have always been tourist hubs! The issue that this blog addresses is the fact that, were these two cities always self sufficient tourist hubs? Alas, the answer is no. However, things are changing and changing for the better in the cities of Mathura and Vrindavan. Mathura has gained a heritage city status and Vrindavan has become a transition city! With this, the government both at the state level and the centre level are doing everything they can to develop these two cities.
The kunds in both the cities are being restored, public facilities and amenities like public toilets, parks and parking spaces are being focused upon. Bridges are being built and roads are being paved towards a better future. Along with this Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, under construction as of yet, is set to make its debut as the tallest Krishna temple in the world in Vrindavan. Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, the global monument, and Krishna Bhumi, the global township situated at the feet of the temple, are all set to add to this upcoming tourist hub status of Mathura and Vrindavan.
As bookings are open for apartments in Krishna Bhumi right now, you too can be a part of this exciting change. In case you want more specifics about the township and the apartments, you can talk to our sales representatives on 969696 8899. You can also visit our website at www.krishnabhumi.in. The easiest thing to do however, would be to just follow our Facebook page as the page is regularly updated with information about the project and about Vrindavan itself.