Vrindavan, famous as the birth place of Lord Krishna, is also known as the City of Widows. Thousands of widows live there, sadly in a state of shame and poverty. Even during Holi, their white saree, the traditional attire of a widow in rural India, remained devoid of colours.
Deeply pained by their plight, the Supreme Court of India came forward and appointed Sulabh International Social Service Organisation to help bring colours and happiness back in their lives.
As a result of these efforts, we recently saw these widows freely taking part in Holi celebration at the famous Gopi Nath Temple. It was a moment of rejoicing and hope for hundreds of old mothers and sisters living a life of neglect. The flower petals and gulal tossed in the air were settling down on their faces and the white canvases of their sarees.
Their faces lit up with joy, the widows were seen blessing everyone who was putting gulal on their faces.
For us, it was the most touching situation of our lives and we felt blessed to be a part of this celebration. These sweet and emotional memories will keep us pulling back to Vrindavan. Of course getting blessed by Banke Bihari is a good enough reason too.