Vrindavan, March 23, 2011 – Friends of Vrindavan and the Braj-Vrindavan Heritage Alliance jointly convey condolences and prayers for Japanese citizens who became victims of the terrible tsunami in the eastern coastal area of Honshu Island, Japan on Wednesday, March 23rd 2011. Japanese tsunami triggered by an earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale. The members of the alliance gathered at Bhramar Ghat at the bank of Yamuna in Vrindavan. A special prayer and Yamuna Aarati were organized in memory of the departed souls who lost their lives in the natural disaster. Friends of Vrindavan volunteers and members prayed for the peace of relatives of those who died in this mishap.
In its sympathetic statement the BVHA said that it is sending thoughts and prayers and love to those in Japan who are hurting. We are emotionally with the people and the government of Japan in this hour of crisis. The speakers said that the Japanese government has been supporting the Yamuna Pollution eradication programme for two decades. But it is our system that could not be transparent in utilizing their financial assistance. The Japanese intention towards Yamuna Pollution is crystal clear as they wanted to see Yamuna as one of the cleanest river of the world.
We are the devotees and son of Yamuna and Japanese are the Friends of Yamuna. So there is a relationship between these us. We have to take example from the natural disasters happening around the world and become close to the environment, quipped Naresh Narain, the Deputy convener of the BVHA.
The Yamuna is lifeline of Vrindavan and the importance of this river increases when it enters the Braj region. The holy water of Yamuna has been used in temples for many centuries, but the river has become too polluted for its water can’t be used in temples anymore. It used to be a celebration for many of the Vrindavan temples when the water was brought to temples from Yamuna. Now it has become a history, said His Holiness Acharya Shrivatsa Goswami.
Yamuna has taken the form of a drain and not a single drop of Yamuna water reaches here from Yamunotri. What we see here today is the drain water from Delhi, said Jagannath Poddar, the Director of Friends of Vrindavan. Many spiritual leaderships and Yamuna activists were present during this event. A massive Yamuna Ghat clean up was done by the Friends of Vrindavan volunteers before the condolence prayer.