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As Sri Krishna-Radha devotees in Braj Mandal celebrate the birthday of Yamuna on Sunday, their hearts are filled with disgust and frustration to see the plight of the river, which is the lifeline of millions of people from Delhi to Agra. Each day the faithful return from the ghats in Vrindavan and Mathura disappointed and hurt to see the Yamuna dying with pollutants and effluents that leave a trail of thick and toxic foam choking all forms of aqua life.
Pandit Jugal Kishor of the River Connect Campaign said, “Thousands of pilgrims who throng the holy river feel miserable when they see the dismal condition of the Yamuna river, stinking and rotting with pollutants, dead fish and toxins flowing down from upstream industrial clusters in Delhi and Haryana.”
Most go to take a holy dip or ‘aachman’ of the Yamuna, one of the holiest rivers of the Hindus, but the water of the river, which once Babar, the founder of the Mughal empire, described as ‘better than nectar’ fills them with disgust, said environmentalist Devashish Bhattacharya. The ghats along the banks of the river are buried in polluted silt. In Vrindavan, the Yamuna today flows at least 30 meters away from the famous Keshi ghat.
The Yamuna faces two major problems, said Jagan Nath Poddar, convener of Friends of Vrindavan. “Lack of fresh water and high levels of pollution. Successive governments have failed to address these issues. Without a minimum flow, particularly during the lean months, it is not possible to revive the river or restore its pristine glory. Encroachments in the form of concrete structures on both sides are other issues,” Poddar added.
On festivals when thousands of pilgrims visit the ghats after darshan of Bankey Bihari in Vrindavan and a ‘parikrama’ of the holy Govardhan hill, the reaction is sharp and negative. “One hears only curses and abuses,” said a local Panda Madhu Mangal Shukla. In Mathura, the polluted effluents from hundreds of sari-dyeing units discharged in the river have only compounded the problem. After the construction of the Gokul Barrage, the river has distanced itself from the famous Gokul ghats. This obviously causes deep resentment and angry outbursts.
“The water is not fit for a holy dip or ‘aachman’. Those who dare to enter the Yamuna downstream of Gokul Barrage return complaining of itching and burning sensation,” according to a ‘panda’ of Mahavan Radhey Guru.
Reduced to a pale, sickly drain, the glory and grandeur of the Yamuna that attracted the Mughals to build some of the finest monuments like the Taj Mahal, the Ram Bagh or the Fort and the Etmaduddaula along its banks will never return, lamented members of the River Connect Campaign who organized a low key birthday celebration of the Yamuna ‘maiyya’ at the Etmauddaula viewpoint park, in Agra Sunday morning. Indeed, the dry and polluted river had turned into a sewage canal, despite tall promises by Modi, Yogi, Nitin Gadkari who had pompously announced ferry service for tourists from Delhi to Agra, Devashish Bhattacharya fumed. (IANS/JC)
By Monika Manchanda
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By Nimerta C Sharan
Exciting news for all handbag lovers, luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton recently launched their limited edition handbags 'Artycapucines - Chapter 3'. Six internationally -- acclaimed artists have transformed the black canvas of the timeless Capucines bag into beautiful art pieces. Each bag will be available in a limited edition of 200 and will be released worldwide at the end of October 2021.
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The country's leading design house, Good Earth, in collaboration with textile designer Madeline Weinrib will present its collection of 'butah' motif dinnerware and home textiles at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York. The 'Heirloom Project' that honours diverse Islamic design techniques will display curated products from across the globe.
Sweet dreams are made of this! Iconic French patisserie Laduree has opened its first Indian outpost at Delhi's upscale Khan Market. Spread over three floors, the bakery currently has twelve macaron flavours, their signature pastries and tea cakes and other brunch and high-tea items on the menu. Bon appetit.
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Raw Mango's latest festive edit 'Moomal' goes live on their website on September 26, 2021. Inspired by the richness and diversity of Rajasthan, the collection consists of organza and silk saris and shararas, gota lehengas and kurtas and embroidered odhnis. The colours and silhouettes are just right for the upcoming festive season. (IANS/ MBI)
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She is also shooting for her next 'Tejas', where she plays a fighter pilot. The Indian Air Force was the first of the country's defence forces to induct women into combat roles in 2016. The film takes inspiration from the landmark event. 'Tejas' is directed by debutant Sarvesh Mewara. The film will be RSVP's second film which pays a tribute to the Indian military after the immensely successful film "Uri: The Surgical Strike" which was released in January 2019. (IANS/ MBI)
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