Vrindavan, 2017.07.28 (VT): This Hariyali Teej, all traffic was completely stopped at the border of Vrindavan.
Traffic bans are common on large festival days, but this time it seems police were stricter than ever. Even residents of Vrindavan were reportedly banned from driving their cars into town.
Barriers were imposed on all entry routes, and police were stationed at each checkpoint to enforce the ban. Ample parking, both permanent and temporary, was provided to visitors for a fee. Due to the long distance between the parking areas and the temples, devotees faced significant difficulty in moving from the parking area to their destinations. Although auto rickshaws and e-rickshaws were allowed in, some areas of Vrindavan were chained off.
But once they reached the old city, devotees breathed a sigh of relief. The lovers of Radha and Krishna were able to walk from temple to temple in peace, enjoying their darshan without stress. The traffic ban also made it easier for police to manage the massive crowd and make sure everyone was safe.
The lanes near the Shri Banke Bihari Temple were all closed off with chains, so that only pedestrians and motorbikes could pass through. The local people helped police enforce the ban.