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  • People from all over the world come to India for spiritual or cultural tourism Varanasi, Vaishno Devi, Haridwar, Tirupati Balaji, Jagannath Puri, Rameshwaram, Golden Temple, Bodh Gaya, St. Xavier’s Church of Old Goa, Ajmer Sharif, Nizamuddin, Braj-Vrindavan are some sought after destinations While most destinations are shrine-centric, Braj Bhoomi spreads across 5000 sq km and has a lot to offer
  • 50 million tourists come to Braj annually Taj Mahal receives merely 6 million tourists a year
  • Braj is the land of Lord Krishna, propounder of world famous Srimad Bhagvad Gita View slide
  • Despite this Braj is grossly neglected … … it needs facelift to become a world class tourism destination View slide
  • Historic efforts to restore Heritage sites in Braj by The Braj Foundation New Delhi Vrindavan Lucknow Jaipur
  • Brahma Kund, Vrindavan Had become garbage dumping ground for 200 years
  • Brahma Kund, Vrindavan after restoration
  • “It is a tribute to what can be done with people’s participation. An excellent initiative, it would be our effort to support it in all possible manner.” Chief Secretary Govt. of UP “I had the opportunity to see the restoration of a heritage site (Brahm Kund) done by The Braj Foundation. It is a commendable work done with great sensitivity” Secretary Planning Commission of India
  • Where is Braj?  Located some 115 Kms from Delhi on the Delhi – Agra national highway  The entire region lies well within the Golden triangle of Delhi – Jaipur – Agra  Spans across the Mathura district of UP, Bharatpur district of Rajasthan and Palwal district of Haryana Raj. Haryana UP
  • How big is Braj ?  Covers an expanse of 5000 sq. Km centering around Vrindavan  Comprises of over 1300 villages  Over 1000 traditional water bodies (Kunds)  137 sacred forests (Van)  18000 acres of Hilly terrain with numerous sacred heritage sites
  • Major tourism centers of Braj  Mathura  Vrindavan  Gokul-Mahavan  Baldeo  Barsana  Nandgaon  Goverdhan Deeg Kaman Hodal etc.
  • Braj’s Key Assets Kunds Forests Heritages Hills
  • Unique Rural society
  • Land of vibrant cultural traditions and festivals The villages of Braj are replete with innumerable festivals showcasing the rich culture and tradition of the region round the year. These festivals should be made the basis of all tourism activities in the region. The Braj Foundation has an extensive documentation of these festivals literary, video recordings and other formats. HOLI NAUKA UTSAV RADHA ASHTAMI CHHAPAN BHOG
  • Over 6000 magnificent temples and holy shrines associated with Sri Radha Krishna
  • Braj had 137 transcendental Groves Darshan Van, Badhauta Gahvarvan, Barsana Belvan Bhandir Van
  • All these groves are associated with the numerous leelas of Sri Radha & Krishna
  • Brahma Hill, Barsana The Majestic Landscapes of Braj Heritage Sites spread all over the hills of Braj Ashtasakhi Hills, Barsana
  • The splashing beauty of Braj Radha Baoli, Vrindavan Patit Pavan Kund, Gokul Chandra Sarovar, Goverdhan Kishori Kund, Bijwari
  • Braj – the Cultural Capital of India All forms of Indian music, literature, arts - dances, architecture, cuisine, crafts, theatre and other aspects of culture have distinct influence of Braj. Mohini AttamOdissi Manipuri Kathakali KuchipudiKathak Kalamkari Tanjore Pata Chitra Miniature
  • All the sacred hills mentioned in Indian scriptures are situated in Braj Gangotri, BadrinathGandhmadan Parvat Nar ParvatGoverdhan Hill
  • All these hills are connected to one or the other pastimes of Krishna
  • GangotriYamunotri BadrinathKedarnath All the pilgrim centers of India have their prototype in Braj
  • Fisalini Shila Saugandhini Shila Bhojan Thali, Leela sthalies on hills of Braj
  • Picturesque ghats of river Yamuna Keshi Ghat, Vrindavan Vishram Ghat, Mathura
  • Numerous leelas were preformed at the banks of Yamuna
  • Unfortunately this vast heritage is lying neglected, widely ignored and is nearing extinction
  • Hills were being blasted out The Times of India, New Delhi Friday, February 4, 2005 Rajsthan Patrika Alawar 2 April, 2005
  • Plight of Ancient Kunds Out of over 1000 only 20% have survived Lalita Madhav Kund, LodholiNayan Sarovar, Kaaman Subhadra Kund
  • Brahma Kund, Vrindavan had been encroached Sordid condition of Rudra Kund Dilapidated Jalmahal, Barsana
  • Poor state of Braj groves Only 3 of 137 have survived
  • Gutter gushing out in Yamuna Ancient Ghats encroached upon Sewage all around banks Drains flowing out in the river The sordid state of Yamuna 10 million times more polluted than it’s tolerance limit
  • Devotees spend crores of rupees in temples. But they ignore the fact that the transcendental pastimes of the Divine Couple Sri Radha Krishna were not performed in the famous temples, posh ashrams or guest houses of Braj-Vrindavan
  • They were rather performed  in the Forests  on the banks of river Yamuna  at the numerous Kunds  on the holy hills
  • Hills & Groves are the real temples of Braj na: purao janapda na ga`amaa gaRhavayama ina%yaM vanaaOksatat vanaSaOlainavaaisana: EaImadBaagavat 10.24.24 “The cities, the cultured lands nor the villages their houses are ours, we are the forest people dear father, we always live in the forests and on the hills”. Krishna to Nand Baba
  • Krishna - the primordial environmentalist Eating Mud - Earth Punishing Kaliya - Water Drinking forest fire - Fire Killing Trinavarta - Air Killing Vyomasur - Space
  • Devotees of Krishna should follow His footsteps and restore the environment and cultural heritage of Braj.
  • So, what is the way out
  •  Restoration of over 1000 Kunds,  Revival of 137 forests,  Protection and forestation of hills,  Dredging & restoration of river Yamuna,  Conservation of heritage buildings  Promotion of organic farming  Development of tourist infrastructure An all round development of Braj comprising of :
  • The Braj Foundation Heritage, Community, Environment Vision: To restore the pristine glory and grandeur of Braj as a model rural society
  • Founders Mr. Alfred Ford Director Ford Motor Foundation Detroit, USA Mr. Suresh Neotia Chairman, Gujarat Ambuja Cement, Kolkata Mr. Hrishikesh Mafatlal CEO, Arvind Mafatlal Group, Mumbai Mr. Kamal Morarka Chairman, Gannon Dunkerley & Co. Mumbai & Ex Minister PM Office Mr. Vineet Narain Sr. Journalist
  • Chairman, Vineet Narain, (, New Delhi – Vrindavan Exe. Dir. (Tourism), Sanat Kaul, IAS (1971), Ex-CMD, Delhi Tourism Dev. Corp. Exe. Dir. (HRD), Abhijit Gupta, B.Tech (IIT), M.Tech (USA), MD, Case New Holland Const. Equip. India Ltd. Indore Exe. Dir. (Corp. Affairs), Rajat Jain, IIT (D), IIM (A), MD Xerox India Ltd. Exe. Dir. (Legal & Admin. Affairs), Rajneesh Kapur, New Delhi Project Director, R K Gautam, B Tech. Civil, Vrindavan Project Manager, Bipin Vyas & Bhupender Mathuria, Vrindavan Project Coordinator, Gaurav K Gola, B. Sc. (Hons), MBA, New Delhi – Vrindavan Architect, Shalini Dasgupta, M. Arch. (SPA), New Delhi Landscape Designer, Shyam Singh, M. Arch. (SPA), Horticulturist Executive Team
  • The Developmental Model An all round integrated development of Braj comprising of :
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Accomplishments so far…. 1.Restoration of 46 Ancient Water Bodies in different stages 2.Revival of 2 Groves, work on 4 more in progress 3.Protection of Hills & Regeneration of Green Cover 4.Master planning of Braj for UP Govt. 5.Restoration of 3 heritage buildings 6.Audio-visual documentation of Braj culture
  • 7. Drinking water supply projects in some villages 8. Exhaustive scientific survey of Braj region 9. World-wide awareness campaign about the plight of Braj 10.Nine grand Braj Mahotsavs in different parts of the country 11.Special legislations for Braj protection
  • Kund restoration
  • The Braj Foundation wins 2nd time the best NGO award supported by UNESCO for revival of water bodies Distinguished Water NGO 2012-13Best Water NGO 2012-13 Best Water NGO 2010-11
  • The Braj Foundation’s Kund Restoration Process  Mobilizing the local community  Necessary permission & go-ahead from District Administration  Survey of the Kund site  Preparation of detailed restoration plan  Pumping out the dirty water, if any  De-silting of the Kund  Repair/ construction of side walls, ghats  Plantation  Beautification
  • Professional Planning Approach Step 1: Listing of Sites Step 2: Satellite Imagery Analysis Step 3: Revenue Map Analysis
  • Step 4: Physical Land Survey Step 5: Hydrological Plan Step 6: Architectural Plans
  • Kunds of Braj are plotted on satellite map by The Braj Foundation
  • More than 46 Kunds in different stages of restoration  Gomti Ganga, Kosi  Pawan Sarovar, Nandgaon  Vrishbhanu Kund, Barsana  Dohini Kund, Chiksauli  Sangam Kund, Khayara  Vihval Kund, Sanket  Nayan Sarovar, Seu  Chandrasarovar, Chaumuha  Kamdev Kund, Hatana  Padma Kund, Kumudvan  Gaya Kund, Kaman  Roop Kund, Barsana  Jai Kund, Jait  Mohan Kund, Vanchari  Gadbadri Kund  Vimal Kund, Kaman  Madhuvan Kund  Lohvan Kund, Lohvan  2 Kunds at Kamai  Ratna Kund, Dabhaala  Garud Govind Kund, Chhatikara  Radha Sarovar, Manpur  Mansa Kund, Pasauli  Govind Kund, Vrindavan  Madhuri Kund  Brahm Kund, Chaumuha  Vihar Kund, Chiksauli  Brahm Kund, Vrindavan  Ratnakar Kund, Kosi  Ramtal, Sunrakh  Rudra Kund, Jatipura  Jawahar Kund, Sakitara  Suraj Kund, Julhendi ………
  • Gomati Ganga, Kosi Financial support by Dr. Ramjilal Shastri & citizens of Kosi Before After Total Expenditure Incurred: Rs 40 lakhs
  • Proposed plan of Gomti Ganga
  • Shiv Taal, Mathura During restoration After restoration
  • Radha Sarovar, Barsana
  • Restoration work at Mohan Kund Vanchari (Hodal, Haryana)
  • Restoration work at Roop Kund, Barsana
  • Anjani Kund, Bhulvana, Haryana Before After
  • Jalmahal,Vrishbhanu Kund, Barsana Before restoration
  • Vrishbhanu Kund, Barsana Before Financial support by Shri Rajeev Shukla, Shri B P Singhal, Shri Balbir Punj (Members of Rajya Sabha) & Mafatlal family, After Total Expenditure incurred: Rs 35 lakhs
  • Organizing Festivals at restored Kund sites Barsana Mahotsava 2006 Barsana Mahotsava 2007 Sharad Mahotsava 2006 Barsana Mahotsava 2007
  • Before Desilting: 2,360 cum Govind Kund, Vrindavan After
  • Jai Kund, Jait Before restoration During restoration
  • Desilting: 25,500 cum Jai Kund, Jait After de-silting
  • Proposed plan for Jai Kund
  • Dohini Kund, Chiksoli Financial support Shri Kamal Morarka, Ex Minister PMO Before
  • After Restoration Dohini Kund, Chiksoli Developed with the financial support of Govt. of India
  • Brahma Kund, Vrindavan Before Had become garbage dumping ground for 200 years
  • After restoration Financial support Shri Ajay Piramal, Mumbai
  • This Kund was turned into a field Chandra Sarovar, Chaumuha (NH-2) Lord Brahma, appeared before Krishna and begged forgiveness
  • 74 Chandra Sarovar restoration work in progress
  • Development plan of Chandra Sarovar
  • Proposed bird eye view of Chandra Sarovar
  • Krishna Sarovar, Baad (NH-2) Lord Krishna bathed here with Balarama after killing Dhenukasur and took rest under the banyan tree This Kund was turned into a field
  • Krishna Sarovar restoration work in progress
  • Development plan of Krishna Sarovar
  • Proposed bird eye view of Krishna Sarovar
  • Rudra Kund, Jatipura (Goverdhan) Before Work in progress
  • Restoration work in progress Encroachments of Rudra Kund being removed
  • Restoration work in progress Foundation stone of Rudra Kund being laid
  • Rudra Kund development plan
  • Development plan of Rudra Kund Shadow of Rudra Yantra in kund water
  • Work in progress De-silting in progress
  • Demolition of unauthorised constructions at Rudra Kund
  • De-Watering of stagnant dirty water in the Rudra Kund
  • Historic well un-earthed after de-silting and the same is being restored
  • De-silting at the Rudra Kund in full swing
  • Wall repair work
  • Marking for the construction of ghats
  • Construction of Ghats
  • Construction of Ghats at Rudra Kund
  • Construction of nallah for diversion of drain water of Jatipura village
  • Constructi on of Ghats at Rudra Kund
  • Fixing of Chain Link fencing at Rudra Kund
  • Construction of Ghats at Rudra Kund
  • Sankarshan Kund, Anyor, Goverdhan Plight of the site
  • Inauguration of the Restoration
  • Temporary tank for collection of village dirty water at the corner of the kund Diversion of village’s dirty water drain falling into the kund
  • Chairman TBF, inspecting work progress in Feb 2013 4 Kms long Kachcha Drain to carry out dirty water of the kund
  • Sankarshan Kund, Anyor, Goverdhan de-watering work in progress
  • Earth movers in action removing muddy silt Thick layer of plastic (non disposable waste) at the base of kund
  • De-silting work in progress
  • Foundation’s JCBs submerged 7 times in the muddy bed. Heavy Duty Cranes were pressed into action to pull them out De-silting in progress
  • Media person and village leaders discussing the encroachment issue in May 2013
  • Sankarshan Kund, Anyor, Goverdhan marking work in progress
  • Sankarshan Kund, Anyor, Goverdhan masonry work in progress
  • Kund’s Toe Wall construction work in progress
  • Work in progress
  • Villagers discussing the problem of encroachment with the Chairman of The Braj Foundation
  • 7’x 5’ size Chain Link Fencing Frames (286) are being installed at the boundary wall of the kund to protect and beautify the Kunds
  • Heavy rains hamper the work
  • Construction of Ghats
  • Sankarshan Kund taking shape
  • Another view of the kund
  • Proposed Development Plan
  • 15 Meter wide public Ghat
  • Kund parapet wall section design
  • Fencing desin
  • Rain water harvesting design
  • Proposed Development Plan of Sankarshan Kund
  • Proposed Development Plan of Sankarshan Kund
  • Airavat Kund, Goverdhan Foundation’s earthmovers removing siltBefore de-silting Collecting garbage Splashing water after de-silting
  • Yashoda Kund, Nandgaon
  • Yashoda Kund, Nandgaon Inauguration
  • Yashoda Kund, Nandgaon
  • Yashoda Kund, Nandgaon Restoration work in progress
  • Yashoda Kund, Nandgaon Restoration work in progress
  • Yashoda Kund, Nandgaon Restoration work in progress
  • Architectural Drawing Architecture & landscape drawing Kund area = 4191.87 Sqm Plantation area = 7838.00 Sqm Parikamapath = 442.00 Sqm
  • Ram Taal, Sunrakh (Vrindavan) Before De- silting During De- silting
  • 2700 years old Kund emerges after digging Shri Kamal Morarka, the donor inspecting de-silting work Ancient wall excavated Mediapersons visiting the site
  • Ram Taal, Vrindavan After De-silting Rain water being filled from catchment area
  • Foundation’s equipments in action Donated by Mr. Kamal Morarka
  • Historic surveys done of Braj region Survey of over 2000 acres of heritage sites completed, and detailed technical survey of over 400 ancient water bodies completed, more ongoing.
  • The Braj Foundation is working for the Restoration of groves
  • Survey of Groves  The survey of the 48 prominent groves of Braj has been completed by The Braj Foundation  The survey of remaining 89 groves of Braj is being done by the foundation.  A task no official agency has ever undertaken
  • Darshan Van
  • The Braj Foundation has identified and located all the 137 sacred groves of 4 different categories in Braj
  • Gahvarvan, Barsana Before restoration This has been the condition of protected forest of UP Govt. before its restoration
  • During restoration Gahvarvan, Barsana
  • During restoration Gahvarvan, Barsana Pathway being laid
  • After restoration with the financial support of Indian Oil Corporation Gahvarvan after revival
  • 164 Gahvarvan after revival
  • Leela Dioramas in Gahvarvan
  • Restoration of Seva Kunj Before restoration During restoration
  • Restoration of Parikrama Path, Seva Kunj VrindavanBefore restoration During restoration After restoration
  • Before restoration During restoration Restoration of Lalita Kund, Seva Kunj After restoration
  • Restoration of Lalita Kund water fall, Seva Kunj Before restoration During restoration After restoration
  • Restoration of Lalita Kund Chatri Before restoration After restoration
  • Restoration of Seva Kunj, Vrindavan Middle path before restoration After restoration
  • Restoration of Seva Kunj Mr. Ajay Piramal, Chairman Piramal Group looking at Seva Kunj restoration work
  • Exterior of the boundary wall being face lifted
  • Proposed plan of restoration
  • Proposed bird eye view of Sevakunj
  • Heritage Buildings of Braj Innumerable heritage buildings of Braj are in a dilapidated condition and on the brink of destruction due to decades of neglect and blatant land grabbing. The Braj Foundation is working towards systematically surveying, documenting and restoring these structures.
  • Jal Mahal at Vrishbhanu Kund, Barsana Restoration
  • Successfully restored Koile Ghat of Yamuna from where Vasudev ji on the night of Janmashtami took infant Krishna across Yamuna to Gokul. Yamuna started rising to touch the feet of Krishna. Vasudev ji screamed for help “Koi Le – Koi Le”. Someone hold my child. Hence the ghat is known as Koile Ghat. It was neglected for centuries. Koile Ghat of Yamuna
  • Restoration of Koile Ghat, Mathura Inaugurated on 29th Sept 2009 by Mrs. Ranjana Kumar, Member, CVC of India
  • The Braj Foundation’ crusade against illegal mining in the heritage hills of Braj The Braj Foundation got done the satellite study of the entire Braj region by experts of IIT Roorkee & NRSA Hyderabad.
  • Mass mobilization of Brajwasis to save Braj Hills
  • After a prolonged struggle of five years, Braj Foundation finally succeeded in getting the 72 sq Km area of Braj hills declared as protected forest by the Rajasthan Govt. Hills of Braj got declared as reserve forests
  • Satellite mapping of the heritage sites situated on the Hills of Braj
  • Ratnagiri Hill Restoration financial support by UNDP
  • The Costs Involved The estimated cost for the development of 1 acre of hilly terrain into a green pasture comes out to be around Rs 1,00,000
  • Economics of Hill Restoration  The foundation’s study reveals that the hills of Braj have a sloping area of around 72 sq. kms which translates into 17,800 acres.  At an average cost of Rs 1Lakh per acre these hills can be developed into pasture lands  With an investment of Rs 180 crores, out of which the majority of the amount would be spent on human labor, the fodder worth 19 crore will be produced annually
  • Braj Foundation in association with Illinois University (USA) did an exhaustive study of Goverdhan hill and is now pursuing the UNESCO to declare it as World Heritage Site. Goverdhan development
  • Traffic Management Vision: To develop a corridor by optimising connectivity (pedestrian and vehicular) capitalising on transportation/mobility options and rationalising parking with the high load of pilgrims on festival days. Problem identification: • Vehicular road over giriraj ji not justified • heavy congestion of traffic • Same road for parikrama and vehicular movement leading to chaos and accidents. • Lack of designated parking facilities • Air pollution • noise and environmental hazards. Planning strategies: • Designated parking facilities on major roads leading to giriraj ji. • Develop a peripheral rail network around giriraj ji. • Reducing vehicular load on parikrama path. • Realignment of road network so that there is no vehicular movement over giriraj ji. • Defined parikrama path with civic facilities.
  • Parikrama Path Present Condition Proposed
  • Charanamrit Kund Open Drain Near Charanamrit Kund Developmental Plan Section Present Condition
  • Proposed development plan of Charanamrit Kund
  • Tackling the drinking water crisis in Braj 85 % of the ground water in Braj is saline. Unfortunately the salinity starts from the upper layer of water table TBF’s Drinking water supply Project Chiksauli & Manpur villages (Barsana) Financial support by IOCL & OIDB
  • Villagers enjoying the safe drinking water after 60 years of independence
  • Creating world-wide awareness about Braj Culture
  • A presentation to the Chief Election Commissioner of India, Chief Vigilance Commissioner, Secretary General Rajya Sabha & other senior officials at New Delhi Organizing cultural evenings showcasing the Braj Culture
  • Successfully organized Nine high profile Braj Mahotsavs across India for building awareness and promoting culture of Braj. Braj Maahotsav
  • Braj Maahotsav H.E. Mr. Narsimhan, Governor of Andhra Pradesh inaugurating Braj Mahotsav, Hyderabad -2011 Folk Artists from Braj performing Raas Lila in Braj Mahotsav Hyderabad -2011
  • Braj Maahotsav Folk Artists from Braj performing Flower Holi Lila Braj Mahotsav (Hyderabad -2011) Kawwals performing Krishna Bhajans composed by Muslim devotees, Braj Mahotsav (Hyderabad -2011)
  • Braj Mahotsavs
  • Presentation to Cabinet Ministers Mr. Kapil Sibal Mrs. Ambika Soni Mr. C. P. Joshi Mr. Salman Khurshid
  • Presentation to Political leaders Mr. Narendra Modi Mrs. Sushma Swaraj Mr. L K Advani & others Mr. Rajnath Singh & others
  • Meeting with C.M. Akhilesh Yadav U.P.
  • Foreign diplomats watching PPT in TBF’s office Mr. S. Shimamori, Cultural Attaché of Japan Dr. Benedictt Alliott, Cultural Attaché of France Ms. Vyantimala, Deputy Head of Mission, Republic of Surinam Mr. Carl G Svensson, Counsellor (Head), Development Coorperation Section, Embassy of Sweden
  • A presentation at Raj Bhawan, Bangalore
  • Mobilizing the local community Prabhat pheris have started off in over 780 villages out of 1300. The remaining villages are being covered. Volunteers of the foundation managing public events.
  • Produced several films and serials depicting Braj culture by training rural youth. These programmes have been aired on DD I & other channels
  • Master Planning of Braj TBF is now inspiring the governments of Haryana & Rajasthan for the same. To conserve precious heritage & ensure planned development, TBF inspired UP Govt. to prepare a Master Plan for Braj in 2008.
  • TBF prepares Tourism Master Plan of Braj Approved by the Govt. of UP, deeply appreciated by Secretary Planning Commission of India & other top experts of the country UP Govt. has started implementing TBF’s recommendations for the Rs. 2000 Cr Master Plan!
  • Integrated Development of Braj
  • The Braj Foundation’s Delhi office C-6/28 SDA, Hauz Khas, New Delhi - 110016 Tel: (011)-26566800 & 26519080
  • The Braj Foundation’s Vrindavan Office 303, Keshav Kunj, Raman Reti, Vrindavan-281124 Tel: (0565)-2540084 & 9927337111
  • Braj Foundation’s workshop at Vrindavan
  • Sri Ramesh Baba ji of Gahvarvan, Barsana the most beloved saint of Brajwasis, who never leaves Braj, accepts no disciples, shuns opulence & composes and sings classical & folk bhajans Our Inspiration
  • How can you support us? Please forward our website to all those who may appreciate our work. Please donate generously through cheque/DD in favor of The Braj Foundation payable at New Delhi.
  • Please write to us if you would like to volunteer your time or skills for the Braj cause at The Braj Foundation C 6/28, Safdarjung Development Area Hauz Khas, New Delhi – 110016 Ph: 011- 26566800, Email: Website:
  • Thanks for your kind attention