Posted July 5, 2007
For a nominal fee, of perhaps ten cents a bath, a lifeguard could be hired
to watch the devotees bathe during the Mayapura festivals each year. Even a
good swimmer can be caught unaware of the strong currents that may circulate
near the banks, and every year devotees are drowning. The fee could either
be collected at registration upon arrival in Mayapura for just a local man
with a speedboat, or it could be higher for bathing during posted hours
while a certified lifeguard is on duty with a jetski.
It might even be good to have a guard posted to keep devotees away from the
bathing area during the lifeguard's off hours.
I would much rather pay a dollar when I go to Mayapura than hear of one more
devotee accidentally leaving his or her body by drowning.