Vrindavan, 2019-12-25 (VT): With the beginning of the winter break, pilgrims from all over the country and abroad have started coming to Vrindavan. In order to facilitate smooth management of crowd, the Police and administration have started taking necessary steps.
Keeping in mind traffic and security concerns, outside vehicles will be prohibited from entering Vrindavan from December 25 to January 5.
Vehicles approaching Vrindavan from Chatikara will be stopped at the multi-storeyed parking in Rukmini Vihar, while those coming from Yamuna Expressway will be stopped at Daruka Parking. From there, devotees can avail e-rickshaw facility for various temples.
Station in-charge, Sanjiv Kumar said that a New Year traffic plan is being drafted by the Police. Further, extra force will be deployed at popular destinations and all entry points to Vrindavan will be manned by the Police.
Every year a large number of visitors plan an approximately 8-day tour from December 25 to January 1/2 to visit temples in Mathura-Vrindavan, Goverdhan, Gokul, Barsana, Nandgaon and Mahavan. Of these, maximum crowds are seen in Banke Bihari, Radharaman and Radha Damodar temples in Vrindavan and Goverdhan’s Daan Ghati and Parikrama Marg.
Many devotees prefer to ring in the New Year while doing Parikrama. In Mathura, Keshav Dev temple, Sri Krishna Janmasthan and Dwarkadheesh temple in Raja Dhiraj Bazaar also act as magnets for pilgrims.
Tourism department data shows that the number of visitors has been on the rise every year, despite the cold and foggy conditions that prevail in the winter break. According to the management of various well-known hotels in the city, maximum numbers of visitors are from Delhi-NCR.