Braj Mandal has been a place of pilgrimage for thousands of years; however, since the time of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Swami Haridas, awareness of the land of Krishna’s birth and childhood was revived. And, more recently, ever since Srila 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 Vrindavan’s beautiful ghats, garbage collection and disposal, black water management, and so many of the other problems that beset this unique town.
- World heritage status for Braj Mandal or a portion of it.
- A Holy city of pilgrimage status for Vrindavan and for Braj Mandal.
- A special protection zone of cultural heritage under national government.
- A unique example to the world on how the beautiful Hindu culture has worked since the time of the Srimad Bhagavatam and the Mahabharata.
- A place of special spiritual tourism due to its 5000 temples, ashrams and historical shrines.
- A zone protected from chemical pollution of all kinds with traditional agriculture.