On Friday, the Uttar Pradesh government declared Vrindavan and Barsana towns in Mathura district as “pavitra teerth sthals” (sacred pilgrimage sites). The Yogi government also banned the consumption of non-vegetarian food, alcohol, and eggs at these two newly announced pilgrimage sites. Among the upcoming civic polls to be held in three phases from November 22, the decision has been taken at a precise time.
“Vrindavan area in Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Krishna and his elder brother Balram and is a world-famous site. Barsana is Radha’s birthplace. Lakhs of tourists visit these places to pay obeisance. Keeping in mind their importance and in view of tourism, these are declared as holy pilgrimage places,” said in an official release issued by the government. Calling the places sacred, the UP government said that special attention will be provided to these areas for development of facilities for tourists and locals. The minister of religious activities, Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary, said that the Central government has already sanctioned Rs 350 crore for constructing a sewage system and laying a sewage line in the two temple towns.
“After urban local bodies polls, work on making a rope-way would begin in Barsana. Plans are afoot to renovate old temples in Vrindavan and Barsana and upgrade its local body to a municipal corporation,” he said. The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government wants to advance all religious places as tourist destinations in the state.