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Widows Put Up A Drama Show For Fun Of Fellow Inmates At Swadhar Mahila Ashray, Seetaram Sadan In Vrindavan
2013-2014
VRINDAVAN, INDIA - MARCH 30: Widows put up a drama show for fun and delight of fellow widows at Swadhar Mahila Ashray, Seetaram Sadan in Vrindavan in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on March 30, 2013 in Mathura, India. In their performance one, Manuka Dasi enacts Ma Kali, the Hindu Goddess representing power and intolerance towards evil, thus terminator of the latter, as enacted by the other performer lying down on the ground. Ma Kali is chiefly worshipped in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, the place most widows of Vrindavan originally come from. Traditionally, 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. The ‘city of devout widows’, believed to be birthplace of Lord Krishna, as Vrindavan is known as, offers an apt platform for camaraderie and socialising, giving them a sense of belonging among the fellow elderly single women.
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