The honorable Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi is all set to receive a several hues of Gulal from a section of women; we are talking about those women who received lesser opportunities to drench in the motley of colors on the occasion of one of the most popular festivals of India Holi.
We are talking about widow women of our country who are actually restricted from playing Holi because they are not allowed to touch Holi which is the sign of colour.
But this time different news is coming from Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh, India that the Hundreds of Widows from the erstwhile ‘City of Widows’ Vrindavan, have prepared herbal Gulal which is mixes of the different type and the various colours in 11 earthen pots, which they will be going to sent to the honourable Prime Minster of India, Mr. Narendra Modi on the Wednesday, alongside with some sweets.
According to 95-year-old Manu Ghosh, who actually preparation and packing of the colors, “As we have accepted Modi Ji as our brother, we arranged special Gulal for him this year.
“We are not just sending Gulal, but love from thousands of Widow Sisters to Modi Bhaiya, as a symbol of freedom from the age-old practice,” said 81-year-old Kanak Prabha.
In the meantime, a large number of widows who take shelter at the various ashrams of Vrindavan and Varanasi from such a long period of time gathered and come together at the historic Gopinath Temple of this pilgrim town on the last Tuesday.
The all widow women played the festival of colours Holi with joy and fervour, which also break the age-old traditions or custom of India that widows will not play Holi.
Different from their normal and regular schedule, the women, which includes, both young and elderly women, splashed around 1600 kg of flower petals and the equal number of Gulal on each other to mark the celebration of this popular festival Holi.
They also danced and sang on this carnival, at one of the oldest Krishna temples in Gopinath Bazaar of Vrindavan.
According to Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, a well-known Sociologist, ”The Holi celebration is an attempt to add a dash of colour to the otherwise insipid lives of the Vrindavan widows, who earlier used to live the life of a recluse, having been deserted by their families.”
Dr Pathak the founder of Sulabh International, which looks post around a thousand Widows in Varanasi and Vrindavan has been organising the Holi celebration for them given that the last six years.
The Sociologist joined this group of the widows and the music team of Sulabh sing the traditional Holi songs and Krishna bhajans, whose melodious tunes infused the hearts of devotees with some devotional fervor and divine love in the city.
In many parts of India, though, widows are not permitted to play Holi still. Since 2012, Sulabh has been organising very akin custom and rituals to bring these women back to the mainstream part of society which they deserved to be also.
As per media reports, 5 widows from Vrindavan will be reached to New Delhi on the day of Holi with 11 earthen pots containing herbal ‘gulaal’ (color powder that is used during the Holi festivities) and some sweets for the – Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whom they consider their “brother”.
Ahead of their visit to Delhi, the widows prepared hand takes some herbal ‘Gulaal’, filled into 11 earthen pots are all set to hand over these pots to the authorities at the prime minister’s residence in New Delhi tomorrow.
“its love from thousands of widow sisters to Modi Bhaiya,” says 81-year-old Kanak Prabha.
For the last couple of years, some widows are also presenting in consecutive times ‘Rakhi’ to Prime Minister Modi on ‘Rakhshabandhan’, says Sulabh founder Bindeshwar Pathak and she is the one who organized the ‘Holi’ for widows in Vrindavan.
The celebration is an attempt to add a dash of color in this widow’s lives, who earlier used to live the life of a hermit or saint, having been deserted by their families, Mr. Pathak added further.
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