kund_restoration

About Braj - What We Do - Kund Restoration

Kund Restoration

Braj has over 1000 ancient water bodies, locally called as Kunds. Out of these over 800 kunds are in dilapidated condition with not a drop of water. The Braj Foundation took the historic initiative to revive them all in the most scientific and professional manner. Till date Braj Foundation has created additional water retention capacity of 5 Lakh Cubic meters in the Braj region by desilting 46 ancient water bodies and they are now filled in with splashing water.

Each of this Kund is transcendental in nature because it has a history of thousands of years. According to local beliefs many of these kunds have curative value as well. These kunds are revered by Brajwasis and saints. They are scattered all over Braj. Hence revival of their cultural significance is essential for their long term survival. Only then will the local community ensure their protection. There are two aspects of Kund revival work;

  1. Desilting and ghat repairs to ensure sufficient water retention
  2. Beautification, landscape development, leela display through sculptures, shilalekh for depicting the history, irrigation facility for it’s trees and basic infrastructure for the care takers and pilgrims.

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The first part of this wing of The Braj Foundation is being financially supported by Mr Kamal Morarka, Chairman Gannon Dunkerley Group, Mumbai. Since the assignment is so huge that we need multiple funding supports such as GOI or UN bodies. It is the second part for which we need the support of devotees from world over or from those who believe in protecting and preserving Indian culture.

Identification of the ancient water bodies of Braj

For the first time in the history of Braj, The Braj Foundation has scientifically surveyed over 400 ancient water bodies. The pictures of various stages are here for your pleasure.

Professional approach of restoration
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In 2003 we started professional surveys of hundreds of ancient water bodies connected to Lord Krishna’s time and found out that a majority of them were in a pitiable condition. Our survey included; identification of their geographical location and mapping them on the satellite map with GPS, their measurement, their revenue records, their cultural history, their photographs and evaluation of the requirement for their restoration. No governmental or private agency has ever attempted such a mammoth task in the history of Braj.

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After the survey is completed the in-house team of architects, civil engineers, graphic designers, landscape designers and artists prepare their development plans. Once these plans are prepared, the foundation explores the possibility of arranging sponsorships for their restoration. It is a slow process, considering the size of team it takes us one to three years to complete one project.

Cost of Restoration

Once the funds are arranged, the restoration of the Kunds is undertaken. The average cost of restoration of a Kund varies between Rs. 10 lakhs to Rs. 4 crores, depending upon the plight and size of the kund and and the quality of beautification one wants to do. We try to mobilize corporate support, private donors and MPLAD funds for this purpose.

Kund Restoration is the answer to growing water crisis

The growing water crisis is a cause of worry for the whole world. From the World Bank to the local Govts. all are concerned about the speedily declining subsoil water tables. It is a priority of every govt. and corporate entity to contribute towards water harvesting or conservation. Many NGOs are doing very good work in different parts of the country and we need their expertise and support. However, there is a large number of NGOs, who make false claims about their achievements in order to seek large grants. So we decided to prove our credentials by setting some examples of good work and then seek out for funds. We did this by the in house support of Mr Morarka.

Mr Morarka is also the founder Chairman of The Braj Foundation and has very generously donated us over Rs. 2 Crores including 3 earthmovers (worth Rs 75 lakhs) to carry out the work of removing the silt from dried up Kunds. He continues to extend that support.

The objective of the Braj Foundation is to restore, beautify and maintain all the Kunds of Braj, which are more than thousand in number. On clicking here you may see the whole list of Kunds undergoing complete transformation.

Appeal

If you are a corporate entity or in a position to take some initiative under your CSR programme or if you want to do this sewa out of your personal resources (which according to Padma Purana brings enormous punya for you- many million time of the each drop of water you thus conserve), then you must support us with open arms. You may do that by providing technical knowhow, your time to personally supervise the work or by contributing financially. You can also spread the good word about our work among those who may like to contribute.

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