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Is the notion of Kali yuga "ripening (deteriorating)" present in scripture?

Yes, it is present. Kali Yuga These are the characteristics of Kaliyuga: violence, jealousy, falsehood, deception and slaughter of ascetics. These are the characteristics of Kali age which people ...
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Does Krishna Bhagavatam say that Brahmins in Kaliyuga would not follow their Varna-Dharma?

Yes. Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam Mahā-Purāṇa does say that, as do almost all the Purāṇika texts. ŚB 12.2.3 The Evils of the Kaliyuga दाम्पत्येऽभिरुचिर्हेतुर्मायैव व्यावहारिके । स्त्रीत्वे पुंस्त्वे च हि रतिर्वि...
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What is the relevance of "Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitah" in Kaliyuga? How is it justified now?

According to me, we may also interpret this verse as a standalone verse, just like we have the famous Vedic-Mahāvākyas. Similarly, this may be treated as an equivalent Smṛti-Mahāvākya (for a lack of a ...
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