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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Preserve The Holy Dham

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Namaste dear Swamis, Mahants, brothers and sisters, friends and well-wishers:

We are collecting signatures to encourage the local administration and the Indian government to secure World Heritage Status for Vrindavan Dham or, even better, for Braj Mandal.

This page has been specially created so that all the Brijvasis and friends of Vrindavan, who live around the world, can write their opinions and recommendations on this topic.

The main purpose of requesting this status is to obtain support from all sides to preserve the sanctity of the places of pilgrimage.

Vrindavan has been a place of pilgrimage for thousands of years, but since the time of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Haridas Swami, awareness of the land of Krishna’s birth and childhood was revived.

And, more recently, ever since Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj went around the world and spread the glories of Vrindavan, the number of visitors from every corner of the planet has increased. This international popularity has also boomeranged, and all the Vaishnava sampradayas are enjoying the benefits both here in India and abroad.

This means that so many people are coming here and buying flats to spend their last days in Vrindavan. The increase of traffic from Delhi and elsewhere, especially on weekends and holidays, is putting tremendous pressure on the local infrastructure, often to the detriment of Vrindavan’s sacred patrimony.

We hope that with the awarding of World Heritage Status more attention will be given to the Vrindavan’s beautiful ghats, refuse collection and disposal, black water management, and so many of the other problems that beset this unique town.

By signing this petition, we are requesting the World Heritage Status for Vrindavan or even better, for Braj Mandal and the kind attention of all important leaders, citizens and visitors to help in any way possible.

Here is what you can do:
1. Sign the petition and give further good reasons why we should increase protection for this sacred place.
2. Promote the petition on Facebook, Twitter, or any other way through the internet.
3. Donate to organizations that are working for the benefit of Braj Mandal.
4. Give any help you can to make this area a place with highest ecological standards.
5. Register your email with us so we can keep you informed about developments in Braj Mandal.

Banke Bihari Lalji ki jay!
Braj Mandal ki jay!
Brijvasis ki jay!
Jay Jay Sri Radhe Shyam!

Braj Vrindavan Heritage Alliance

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