Mathura, August 30: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who reached Mathura on Monday afternoon to participate in the birth anniversary celebrations of Lord Krishna.
On this occasion, while the Chief Minister reiterated his earlier resolve to cherish the heritage of Braj, one of the Saptapuris and not allow any shortfall in development, he took a jibe at the politicians who kept their distance from temples earlier for political appeasement.
Chief Minister Yogi said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we have revived our cultural heritage. This has brought such a change that even those who are afraid of going to the temple are now saying, Lord Ram is ours too, and lord Krishna is also ours.
Earlier there were restrictions
In a grand function organized at Ramlila Maidan, Chief Minister Yogi said that today there is a competition among politicians to wish people. Earlier, neither the Chief Minister nor any minister used to come to congratulate you on your festivals. People were afraid that they should not be considered communal. There were restrictions on festivals. Alerts used to be issued that after 12 o’clock in the night there will be no program. Now there is no such restriction, Lord Krishna is born only at 12 o’clock in the night. Now the festival is celebrated with enthusiasm.
Giving credit to Prime Minister Modi for this change, Chief Minister Yogi said that the Prime Minister has given this new direction to the country. Feelings buried for hundreds of years, centers of faith are coming out in a new form.
He said that for the first time after independence, any President and Prime Minister visited Ram Lalla in Ayodhya. There was a fear in the earlier governments that the level of communalism would not be levelled. But, now the new India is taking shape. Those who used to hesitate to go to the temple earlier, there is a competition among those people to tell Lord Ram and lord Krishna as their own. This is the new India of the changing times.
Along with physical development in Braj, attention is also paid to cultural development.
The Chief Minister said that we all should feel proud on the heritage of Braj which is five thousand years old. With the blessings of revered saints, we are paying full attention to spiritual and cultural development along with material development in Braj. For this purpose, the Braj Teerth Vikas Parishad has been formed under the leadership of the saints. Seven religious places here have been declared as tourist places.
Yogi said that after the historic Kumbh of Prayagraj, the Vaishnava Kumbh held in Braj on the call of the saints also became an example of orderliness. It was the grace of Banke Bihari ji that in Vaishnav Kumbh, Corona could not harm anyone.
Yogi said that in the last one and a half years, Corona created a lot of furore across the country and the world. Its second wave is completely under control in the state but caution and vigilance is necessary.
He said that now it is a prayer to Banke Bihari ji that as he killed many demons, in the same way destroy this demon of corona pandemic.
Yogi expressed grief over the death of children
During his address in Mathura, the Chief Minister also mentioned about his visit to Firozabad. At the same time, he expressed deep sorrow for the death of some children in Firozabad due to dengue and said that it is extremely sad and his heartfelt condolences to the families of those children.
In fact, before coming to Mathura, Chief Minister Yogi had gone to Firozabad and inspected the hospitals there and gave necessary directions to the officials and doctors.