Serving Together to Restore the River Yamuna
Achrya Sri Pundrik Goswamiji came home yesterday to meet with Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji. Pujya Swamiji warmly welcomed him to the holy banks of MotherGanga, in Rishikesh (Himalayas), Uttarakhand. They discussed at length the success of the Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv – 2016 as well as the Hon’ble Chief Minister of MadhyaPradesh, Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s great leadership and commitment to restore and rejuvenate the River Kshipra and the River Narmada by the mass plantation of trees, ending pollution to the rivers, stopping the practice of opendefecation as well as by the creation of ponds, checkdams, restoring existing wetlands and aquifers to restore the groundwater table and conserve water in the river’s catchment.
They also discussed ways in which they could engage and involve all stakeholders for the River Yamuna, led and guided by Vrindavan’s Revered Saints and eminent Kathakars, to release, restore and revive the river’s waters. They discussed taking the sankalp for Yamuna during the upcoming occasion of GangaDussehra at Parmarth Niketan, when many other eminent and respected saints and spirtual leaders would be present. They discussed having a more detailed meeting for Yamuna in Vrindavan during Pujya Swamiji’s upcoming October visit to the sacred city.
They discussed multi-pronged approach to not only release ecologicalflow into the river, provide alternative, water-smart farming methods for farmers to plant in the Haryanaand UP region, the two states that use most of the river’s waters for irrigation, as well as massive tree plantation and waterconservation plans to improve the rivers ability to store rain water, amongst other interventions. Achrya Sri Pundrik Goswamiji was very impressed by Pujya Swamiji’s great dedication and commitment to this cause and offered his full support to the initiative.