Illegal mining for masonry stone was being done over several years on the hills of historic importance in Deeg and Kaman Tehsil of Bharatpur (Raj) and Chhata Tehsil of Mathura district of Braj. This was causing adverse effects on environment, agriculture, health and heritage. Inspired by the revolutionary saint of Braj Shri Ramesh Baba, the Sadhus of Shri Maan Mandir, Barsana were fighting a battle against illegal mining by risking their life. Unfortunately their voice was not being heard beyond the small townships of Deeg & Kaman.
The Braj Foundation provided the concrete research and advocacy base for the entire campaign to protect the hills of Braj which was eventually successful when the Chief Minister of Rajasthan declared the heritage hills of Braj within Rajasthan as the reserve forests in November 2009.