City of widows

In traditional Indian society, a woman loses her value the day her husband dies. Unlike a man she is not allowed to remarry, and from that day onwards, especially in the more traditional communities, she is expected to live an ascetic life, shave her head and sleep on the floor, and to spend the rest of her days praying for her husband's departed soul. She is forbidden to wear colorful clothes, jewelry, or to eat meat, and she is not allowed to own property.

Many of the widows, feeling they have become a burden in their families or simply by being kicked out from their houses, seek refuge in Vrindavan. Being the birthplace of the Hindu god Krishna they come with the hope for his protection. Many of them stay until they die, living their lives in extreme poverty and despair.

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