Vrindavan, 2014.10/15 (VT): “Vrindavan should become the capital of Vraj, and it should be developed in such a way that when people from around the world visit they feel that Krishna never left and is still here,” said Dr. Chandra Prakash Sharma, a senior member from the Panda Sabha during the launch of the post-card protest against the proposal of merging Vrindavan in Mathura.
Ram Narayan Brajwasi echoed Dr. Chandraprakash Sharma’s voice by saying that the sacred groves, Vraja Raj, Yamuna, cows, Brajwasis, non violence and a sattvik way of life represent the Vrindavan culture. These things are being diminished in a pragmatic way by different governments and local political leaders. The merger of Mathura and Vrindavan will cause it to lose the very foundation on which the saints and devotees have been meditating for centuries.
The devotees of Shri Dham Vrindavan gathered in Bhagwat Nilay at the Seva Kunj locality to decide on the next steps to stop the amalgamation of these twin cities. It was decided that 50 post cards will be sent each day for a month to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh to lodge protest against the merger proposal.
Swami Dev Swaroopananda, Mahant of the Soham Ashram, and Swami Maheshananda Saraswati, a senior saint from the Akhandananda Ashram stressed approaching saints who have political connections. They will take forward the cause of protecting the identity of Vrindavan.
Meanwhile Sadhvi Ritambhara was contacted on phone and was briefed about the issue. She promised to talk to the Governor of Uttar Pradesh on the matter.
Dr. Om ji and Dr. Laxmi Gautam suggested beginning a Facebook page on this issue. They also advocated for making an online petition. They said Vrindavan has a unique identity of being a temple town. The way of life of this temple town is far different from that of Mathura. They urged all Brajwasis to unite on this issue and criticized those who are supporting the amalgamation.
Swami Sushilananda suggested that the Vrindavan Muncipal Council should pass a resolution against its merger with the Mathura Municipality to form the Mathura Municipal Corporation.
Damodar Shashtri, Pt. Totaram Upadhyay and Bantu Gautam said that this was the opportune time to come on the streets to demand protecting Vrindavan’s heritage and culture. They proposed staging a demonstration somewhere near the Banke Bihari Temple, where all the VIP’s frequently come to have darshan. It will attract the attention of the state government.
Dhananjay Gautam said that the formation of the Municpal Corporation merging the two towns will go against the Central Government’s idea to develop Mathura as a heritage town.
Yogendra Brajwasi said, “Vrindavan houses a big number of senior citizens, both widows and saints. Some of them have built small houses in the form of ashrams, it will be very difficult for them to pay the hefty house tax and other taxes levied on them.” He added that it will be difficult for them to go to Mathura for every minor thing.
Go Sevak Alok ji informed the forum that not only the people of Vrindavan don’t want Vrindavan to be merged with Mathura, but the devotees who have been visiting Vrindavan also don’t want to see these towns are merged.
Madhumangal Shukla, Vijay Kishore Mishra, Tamal Krishna Das, Sushil Chandra Sharma, Rajendra Agrawal Kanthimala wale, Ankit Agrawal and many others also addressed the gathering.