Vrindavan is now one step closer to being a model city:

Mathura, February, 25th 2016: The developmental projects to be undertaken in the model city program were outlined in a meeting on Wednesday. The meeting was chaired by Shri S.B. Singh, the Secretary of the Mathura Vrindavan Development Authority. Coordination among the various government departments was emphasized during the meeting.

The final Detailed Project Report will be ready on 3rd March. It should be noted that a meeting was convened in the MVDA conference room on 23rd January 2016, which was chaired by the Divisional Commissioner Shri Pradeep Bhatnagar. Many stakeholders from Vrindavan participated in the meeting and gave their valuable suggestions on how they want to see Vrindavan develop.

The SP Traffic informed that one way traffic plan has been prepared. A control room has been established for the CCTV’s to be installed in the Parikrama Marg.  No entry has been proposed in three locations, with the help of the MVDA. The MVDA has also written a letter to resume the Radha Rani Express and develop the Vrindavan Road station for better connectivity with Vrindavan through the rail route.

New home to be built for widows

Vrindavan, 6th February 2016: Vrindavan is all set to get another widow home which will house upto 500 women. The new widow ashram is being built behind the Omaxe housing complex situated on the Chhatikara – Vrindavan Road.  Smt. Renuka Kumar, Principal Secretary of the Women Welfare Department of Uttar Pradesh visited Vrindavan on Friday.Untitled-1

She said that the widows and old women living in the Purana Pagal Baba Ashram will be shifted to some other place, as the existing building has become very old and may collapse any day. A piece of land has been identified for building a new home. The construction works to build the ashram will begin soon.

Tales of Krishna: victory over Kalia

Kalia was a poisonous snake who lived in the Yamuna River in Vrindavan. Because of this, the river water for four leagues had become unusable. No bird, animal or human was able to use the water. Kalia’s original home happened to be Ramanaka Dwipa, but he had come to reside in Yamuna in Vrindavan for fear of Garuda. Vrindavan was the only place where if Garuda set foot, he would die. Once young Krishna and his group of friends were playing with a ball near the riverbank and the ball accidentally fell into the river.

Without thinking too much about it, Krishna also jumped into the river to get the ball back. Immediately, Kalia rose out of the water and wrapped himself around Krishna’s body. Krishna responded by adopting so huge a form that Kalia had no option but to let him go. The village folk had gathered on the riverbank by this time and were sick with worry. Krishna, not wanting to worry them much longer, jumped on to Kalia’s many heads and started dancing on them. Krishna had assumed the weight of the entire universe; hence Kalia was nearing his end. If it was not for the pleading of Kalia’s wives, Kalia would have surely been killed by Krishna.

However, due to the prayers of the wives, Krishna decided to let Kalia go. Kalia too conceded to Krishna’s mercy and promised to go away and never bother the people of Vrindavan again.Krishna and Kaliya

Tales of Krishna: slaying of Kesi

The slaying of KeshiIt is true that Vasudev saved infant Krishna from Kansa by taking him from the prison and placing him in Yashoda’s lap. However, as Krishna began to grow up in Gokul, Kansa made more plans of having him killed. He dispatched many demons in disguise to bring about the death of Krishna.

One of these demons was Kesi. Kesi assumed the form of a gigantic horse for the task. He galloped so fast that he could hardly be seen, his hooves touched the ground with such force that the roads cracked. His neighing was terrifying to people.

Kesi went around wreaking havoc in Gokul until Krishna challenged him to a duel. Kesi roared like a lion and charged towards Krishna and struck him with his hooves. Krishna caught hold of his hooves and tossed him to the ground. After this Kesi attacked Krishna by devouring his arm.

However, as soon as Krishna’s hand went inside Kesi’s mouth, all of Kesi’s teeth fell off and Krishna’s arm enlarged in size. Finally, Kesi died a painful death by choking on Krishna’s arm. The Gods and Narad extolled him for this deed and prophesized many other wonderful things that he would go on to do, including putting an end to Kansa and his tyranny.

Krishna Bhumi

Considering that Vrindavan is now excellently connected and is soon developing into an important transition city, it is not a surprise that many residential projects are coming up. Earlier on people could not visit Vrindavan as much they liked due to poor connectivity and not so great accommodation options. However, developers have realized this need of the people and now Vrindavan has become a second home destination for many. One such noteworthy township that is coming up is Krishna Bhumi. What is so unique about Krishna Bhumi that you should choose it over the other options? The other complexes are not built around the tallest Krishna temple in the world.

The makers of Krishna Bhumi understand that Krishna bhakti and luxury and not necessarily concepts that are divorced from each other. This is why they have come up with homes that allow you to enjoy both. Starting from studio apartments to lavish 4000 square feet villas, Krishna Bhumi is envisioned to house the solitary pilgrim as well as the joint Indian family. Whatever the size and whatever the budget, Krishna Bhumi has something for everyone. Our studio apartments start from just 20 lacs after all. Come alone or come with all, but the place you have to come to is Krishna Bhumi.Krishna Bhumi

Krishna and the performing arts

Krishna and the performing artsIf one is to discuss the origin of theatre in India, then Patanjali’s Mahabhashya cannot be left out. This text was written in 150 B.C and mentions the episode where Krishna slew Kansa and also the episode where he bound Bali Bandha, the titan who was storming the heavens. There are two major Sanskrit plays that have been written on Krishna. ‘Balacharitam’, as the name suggests, deals with the exploits of Krishna when he was a child. ‘Dutavakyam’, on the other hand, focuses on a single episode of the Mahabharata, where Krishna tries to make peace between the Pandavas and the Kauravas and prevent the Kurukshetra war. In the 10th century, the Bhakti saints made sure that Krishna would be remembered in the field of performing arts and composed various folk and classical songs about him that are widely popular even today. Among various dance forms, Odissi and Manipuri draw heavily from Krishna stories. Kathak, which comes from the word ‘katha’, also tells a lot of tales of Krishna in small episodic pieces. The Sattriya dance was founded by a Vaishnava saint and aims at extolling the virtues of Krishna. Yakshagana, a popular style of theater also narrates stories from Krishna’s life that are recorded in the Puranas. Though this style is native to the coastal districts of Karnataka, many performers around the country have started taking it up.