KOLKATA: A 6-member Iskcon team met Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday evening to draw his attention to the fact that Iskcon founder Srila Prabhupada’s name had been removed from an arterial road in Vrindavan and replaced with that of another spiritual guru.
After Yogi revoked the renaming order, the team tweeted on Wednesday morning: “Extremely grateful to the honorable CM of UP Sri@myyogiadityanath@UPGovt for promptly resolving the road renaming issue in Vrindavan.” The CM’s office in Lucknow confirmed to TOI that a delegation of Iskcon devotees from Kolkata had met him on Tuesday evening.
The stretch from Chatikara (on National Highway 19) to Banke Bihari temple, one of Vrindavan’s most important roads, was called Bhaktivedanta Swami Marg since 1978. The road is under the jurisdiction of the PWD, which apparently passed an order to change the name to Kripalu Ji Maharaj Marg. This sent ripples among Iskcon devotees across India and in 150 other countries.
Signboards registering the change started coming up, which upset Iskcon here, especially because Srila Prabhupada’s samadhi is located on the road. An Iskcon team first wrote to Yogi, who called them for a meeting on Tuesday evening.
He assured Iskcon the order would be revoked. Another road would be identified and christened after Kripalu ji Maharaj.“Not only did the CM identify with our cause, but he was also all praise for the contribution of Srila Prabhupada,” said delegation leader Radharaman Das. It is learned that the Mathura district magistrate has ordered the cancellation of the previous order.