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  • Plans afoot to revive Krishna ‘kunds’ of Mathura, Vrindavan

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    ‘Kunds’ or ‘sarovars’ (water bodies), integral to the fables of Lord Krishna, are all set to get a facelift. Plans are afoot to renovate and beautify as many as 50 ‘kunds’ associated with mythological stories in Mathura and Vrindavan. The renovation will cost Rs 9.15 crore.

    Work is in progress at 10 such water bodies in the first phase of the project being carried out by the UP tourism department.

    According to officials, work is in varying phases of completion ranging from 30% to 80% at Pootna kund, Kamal kund, Shyam Talai, Sudharshan kund, Ter Kadamb and Lalit kund. Read more ›

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    Radhashtami: Huge preparations in Barsana including an anti-bomb squad!

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    Preparations for Radhashtami in Barsana are almost complete. On Wednesday, the DM inspected the situation in and around the Shriji temple. She gave a list of duties to responsible officers. She also gave the order to the new SSP, Manjil Saini, to post a bomb squad in the town for the festival.

    In the Collectorate conference room on Wednesday, DM B. Chandrakala met with the district officers responsible for Radha’s birthday festival in her home town. Insisting that all arrangements should be complete by Wednesday, and took them to Barsana to make sure that everything was in place.

    The Barsana municipal chairman and executive officer were given orders to assist the officers. In particular the EO was told to see to sanitation and to see that permission be given for feasts and food distribution only after those responsible have signed contracts guaranteeing that they clean up after themselves. Read more ›

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    Vrindavana: Keshi Ghat, Cheer Ghat, Bihar Ghat, Jagannath Ghat, Shringar Bat and Kalidaha Ghat: waterless!

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    Because there has been so little rain this year, the Yamuna’s water levels did not increase to the extent that they usually do in the rainy season. A few days ago water that was released from the barrages north of Delhi, which was very good for the Yamuna boatmen who had plenty of tourists going for rides on the river. There were even kirtans and other religious observances conducted on the boats. But in the last two weeks, the Yamuna water levels have dropped off completely, so that they do not even come up close to Keshi Ghat. Read more ›

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    Cairns North Queensland, Australia, Rathayatra

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    This year, after many years, the devotees from Cairns, headed by Adi Kesava Das and Syamarupa Devi Dasi, arranged to have a Rathayatra in the Spring Festival Parade.
    The parade started at a central park and then went along the famous Cairns Esplanade where it ended near the pier at the far side of town. Other floats were in the parade but Lord Jagannatha’s Rathayatra cart was by far the best.
    Cairns Rathayatra Ki Jaya! Read more ›

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    World Holy Name Week: New Posters, Banners, and Hashtags!

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    We are starting a Hashtags Campaign!

    Please include the Hashtag below in as many of your social network posts as possible.

    #WorldHolyNameWeek

    Please anyone and everyone from GBCs to ABCs, use the following Hashtags in your posts on all social media like Facebook, twitter, etc.

    Here is an explanation about hashtags courtesy of Bhaktin Shruti:

    To use a hashtag all you have to do is make a post (it can be any kind of post, such as text, pictures, videos, links, etc.) on any social media website that supports hashtags and then include the appropriate hashtag(s).

    Usually people put a hashtag at the end of a post when
    possible. For example, if I post a photo of myself at a japathon, I could include the caption “At the japathon today. So excited! #WorldHolyNameWeek”when I post the photo.

    A hashtag campaign is simply a campaign to get as many people as possible to use a particular hashtags, with the hope that a particular hashtag will become popular and will catch a lot of attention, thus promoting the brand name or event or whatever it is that the marketers want to promote. It’s a
    very commonly used strategy nowadays, in the age of social media.
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    H.H. Bhakti Purusottama Swami Dazzles Detroit with Three Day Srimati Radharani Katha (audio)

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    H.H. Bhakti Purusottama Swami visited Detroit for three glorious days and flooded the congregation with very sweet narrations of many pastimes of Srimati Radharani in anticipation of Radhastami. His visits to Detroit are always memorable but this visit will stand out as one of the best. The three classes brought everyone to a greater appreciation of Srimati Radharani and fueled the congregation with great enthusiasm to celebrate Radhastami in the best way. Read more ›

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    Harinama in Tel Aviv, Israel (Album 47 photos)

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    Even if one is sinful and cannot give up sinful life immediately, if he chants the Hare Krishna maha-mantra with devotion and faith he will certainly be freed from all sinful activities, and his life will be successful. Param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam. This is the blessing of Lord Ramachandra, who has appeared in this age of Kali as Lord Gaurasundara.
    (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 9.10.51 Purport) Read more ›

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