The boom in the construction industry has badly impacted the ecology of Krishna’s ‘Leela Bhoomi’
Mathura (Uttar Pradesh): Lord Krishna, arguably Hinduism’s most popular divinity, was said to be a nature lover who is forever associated with the Yamuna, worshipped Goverdhan hill and saved forests. But his birthplace (Janamasthami was celebrated last week) has turned into an urban disaster today.
The boom in the construction industry has badly impacted the ecology of what is still known as Krishna’s ‘Leela Bhoomi’, the Uttar Pradesh towns of Mathura and Vrinadavan and their surrounding areas, about 135 km from the national capital.
Critics say that touch and go pilgrims from near and afar have patronised a comfort- backed theology that has brutally transformed the original Mathura and Brindavan. The forests of Braj Mandal and the ghats of the Yamuna where Krishna and his beloved Radha frolicked have made way for concrete monsters.