After inaugurating Rangotsav 2020 in Barsana, the CM met Vrindavan saints and assured them that Vrindavan Kumbh will not be branded as Sant Samagam, ashrams will be protected by law and steps will be taken for conservation of Sapta Devalayas
CM Yogi promises Bill to save Vrindavan ashrams from land mafia
2020-03-04 (VT): After inaugurating Rangotsav 2020 in
Barsana on March 4, UP CM Yogi Adityanath conducted a meeting with Vrindavan
saints during which he made a major announcement of introducing a Bill
to save the heritage ashrams of Dham. He promised that a
law will be made to ensure no ashram lands into the hands of land mafia.
Allaying the saint’s
fears, he said that under the Bill, management will be the sole prerogative of
ashram authorities, and only in its absence will it be passed on to the
government. Selling, illegal occupation and desecration of ashram property will
be prohibited under the law.
Phool Dol Bihari Das
and Swami Ramdevanand Saraswati were at the forefront of the campaign to
protect heritage ashrams in Vrindavan.
Many of the Dham’s
prominent religious personalities were also miffed with the Yogi govt.
regarding plans to rename ‘Vrindavan Kumbh’ as ‘Sant Samagam’. Promising an
event grander than ‘Prayagraj Kumbh’, the CM assured them that there will be no
name change, even though some communication has already happened under the
brand name ‘Sant Samagam’.
During the meeting the
CM also announced the release of funds (170 crore) for construction of service
road around Govardhan Parikrama. This has come as great relief for locals who
were extremely inconvenienced by the NGT order prohibiting vehicles on the
Parikrama route, so much so that the issue became the linchpin
of Lok Sabha elections 2019 in the constituency and temporary
passes had to be issued to them.
Yet another reassuring
announcement by the CM was regarding the government’s commitment to conserve
the ‘Sapta Devalayas’ of Vrindavan and reinstate their glory.
Tamal Krishna Das,
Mohini Sharan Das, Ladlidas, Sacchidanand Das, Bansivat wale baba,
Mahamandaleshwar Govindanand Teerth, Mahamandaleshwar Bhaskaranand,
Mahamandaleshwar Chitprakashanand, Mahamandaleshwar Naval Giri, Karshni
Nagendra, and Acharya Jagdish were among the 45 saints present for the meeting.
On behalf of Vishwa
Paropkaar Seva Sansthaan, they submitted a request to the CM to declare entire
Braj a pilgrimage and ban non-vegetarian food items in the region.
Another petition for
reinstating the identity of Mahakavi Surdas Sadhana Sthali as Parasoli in
government documents was submitted by Harishbabu Kaushik (secretary, Surdas
Braj Raas Sthali Vikas Samiti). The village has immense religious significance
for being Shri Krishna’s Raas Sthali and part of Giriraj Parikrama. Even though
everyone knows it as Parasoli, it is identified in government documents as