Chakra Living

Pollution of India's Rivers

by Payonidhi das

Posted May 2, 2007

The India government has promised to protect Yamuna devi but has failed miserably. Please check out the government of India's Yamuna Action Plan.

Recently we went to Brahmanda Ghat in Gokula on the other side of Mathura, where Krsna was taken by Vasudeva, as described in Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.3.50: "Because of constant rain sent by the demigod Indra, the River Yamuna was filled with deep water, foaming about with fiercely whirling waves, but as the great Indian Ocean had formerly given way to Lord Ramacandra by allowing Him to construct a bridge, the River Yamuna gave way to Vasudeva and allowed him to cross.

Where is all that deep, clean water of Yamuna devi nowadays? Srila Prabhupada would take his disciples to Brahmanda Ghat and they would take bath there; we have all seen that famous video clip. When we went to this spot recently, there was hardly any water in the Yamuna there. It made us very sad, as it is surely a wonderful place. At Brahmanda Ghat Krsna showed His mother the universal form inside His mouth. We can read this sweet pastime in the Krsna Book and in Srimad Bhagavatam 10.8.32-45.

We went with some devotees, showing them the bathing ghats at Yamuna in Mathura. Though it is transcendental, we wish that some more respect was shown to Mother Yamuna and that bigger efforts were made to not pollute Her. Many of the people of India do not know how fortunate they are to be having Yamuna devi in their country. They throw dead bodies in there all the time, what to speak of other things. Imagine what an offense to have waste products dumped into the Yamuna.

Some devotees are trying hard to purify the holy kundas in Vrindavan and are working on restoring Kaliya Ghat. We pray that Sri Krsna and Sri Yamunadevi will inspire many persons as well as the government of India to help keep the sacred Yamuna, Ganges and other holy rivers unpolluted. We also do not want to see all the waters being drained for agriculture, and hope that some alternative can be found.

May Sri Yamunadevi kindly purify us all and bless us with pure devotion for Radha and Krsna. May we kindly protect Her, too, and fully respect Her.