Vrindavan, 2011.09.15 (FOV): In an endeavor to revive and restore the glory of the ancient neglected sites of Vrindavan, the 64 Mahant Samadhi is being cleaned under aegis of the Vrindavan Cleaning Fund (VCF).
Efforts are being made to plant new trees and protect the old trees in this samadhi mandir site. It is said that many of the Vaishnava acharyas, particularly from the Gaudiya Sampradaya, have their samadhi in this place.
Heaps of garbage containing leaves, plastic cups and leaf plates had accumulated in the parikrama path going through the shrine and in its corners. The Parikrama of the Samadhi was obstructed with the scattered garbage and weeds.
Shri Subal Das Babaji, the mahant of the samadhi shrine said that it is a unique way to serve the ancient shrine by keeping it clean before any restoration. He said that a fund to restore the old temples and shrines should be created to safeguard the spiritual interest of devotees who come here from thousands of miles away.
He added that when Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu came to Vrindavan, he remembered all his associates to meet him there. All of them manifested there transcendentally. Then Mahaprabhu revealed the Krishna lila to all of them and instructed the Six Goswamis to spread it to the world.
The seats where those 64 associates of Mahaprabhu (Mahanst) sat were eventually consecrated permanently as their “name samadhi.” Since then Gaudiya sampradaya temples usually offer 64 mahant bhog on special occasions.
Trees will be planted in this samadhi shrine and different government department will be approached for the restoration work here. The tourism officer of Mathura Shri D.K. Sharma was approached to support in the renovation work. He will soon visit this site and do the needful from his department.