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A Widow Sleeps Outside Her Room in Vrindavan
2013-2014
VRINDAVAN, INDIA – MARCH 25: A widow sleeps outside her room in Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, on March 25, 2013 in Mathura, India. She often must sleep on roadside when there is no electricity supply and ceiling fan of her room does not work, making the latter too hot to stay in. The linen net is erected to ward off mosquitoes. Traditionally, widows, mostly from the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, head to the ‘city of devout widows’, believed to be birthplace of Lord Krishna, to spend rest of their lives in devotion of Lord Krishna and his wife Radha, the fountainhead of divine love and spirituality as provided in the Hindu religion. Historically, they generally faced contempt from the families of their in-laws and community at large, who would attribute their men’s death to themselves, believed to have brought bad luck to the families. They led, and in several places in the country still lead a lonely life.
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