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Widow in an ashram at Vrindavan
2013-2014
VRINDAVAN, INDIA – MARCH 30: Sandhya Devi, a widow at the door of her room at Swadhar Mahila Ashray, Seetaram Sadan In Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, on March 30, 2013 in Mathura, India. She is a university graduate and comes from a well-settled family. She left her home after death of her husband and chose to spend rest of her life in the devotion of Radha and Krishna. To Hindus, Lord Krishna is the fountainhead of divine love and spirituality. Radha is His beloved wife who holds an equally august position in the Hindu religion. Traditionally, generally speaking, widows in conservative regions of the country avoid or have been denied social sanction for remarriage, are expected to wear white, eat simple food and abstain from participating in social events. 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. However, Sandhya Devi did not go through the tyranny and chose her current way of life all by herself.
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