Vrindavan is considered as the city of Krishna and his lover Radha, that has a history of mythic love story of Mahabharata. The town has a darker story living in the town today. It is been observed that in over the past few decades thousands of widows are coming to this town leaving their home behind, the town has earned the title of “The City Of Widows”. After facing a lot of anti-social behaviour, many women set out to this town travelling a hundred miles to make their living in Vrindavan.
While some come to the city to devote their lives to Krishna and Radha, often these women are trying to escape realities in which the society consider them inauspicious. The mindset of some cultures is so hard that these widows are not allowed to attend the family gatherings and celebrate festivals.
So, with a vision to break the monotony of their lives, the tradition of not celebrating festivals was broken by thousands of widows. When these women celebrated the vibrant festival of colours at ancient Gopinath temple on 21 March, Monday. The temple saw these women enjoying their lives between thousands of flower petals rained and they just enjoyed the bright colours of Holi.
1,200 kgs of gulal and other colours, with 1,500 kgs of rose and marigold petals, were arranged for the celebration. A lot of Sanskrit students and scholars attended the celebration. Bindeshwar Pathak, a social reformer and founder of Sulabh International who has been fighting this anti-social behaviour with widows in the country also joined the celebration, ”In an effort to bring them into the mainstream of society, Sulabh started organising Holi for them about three years ago at the widows’ ashram. But this time it is special as Holi was organised at a famous temple to give a kind of social acceptance,” Pathak told IANS.
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