After the Corona pandemic broke out, life isn’t the same anymore. Almost every industry, community, and individual is affected by the nationwide lockdown. Even though the lockdown is over across the country, there are several cities which are still following certain precautions and have certain restrictions in place.
Vrindavan, also known as Brindaban, was home to Lord Krishna during his childhood days. Even today, millions of devotees of Radha Krishna visit places of pilgrimage in the city every year. During the holy occasion of Radhashtami, the streets and temples of Vrindavan echo with bhajans and kirtans. It’s a magnificent sight as thousands of widows perform this ritual with unparalleled devotion.
Women, after their spouse’s demise, come down to Vrindavan in their quest to seek spiritual salvation. They spend their life with other widows in the Ashrams.On a normal day, you’d see many widows eke out a living by performing Bhajans and Kirtans. After the nationwide lockdown was imposed, they’ve been left in the lurch without any kind of savings. Many widows here depend on the Ashrams for food, and survival.
There are around 6000 widows living in Vrindavan. Today, they don’t have any source of income or work. They hardly have any savings. Without any visitors or pilgrims coming down to Vrindavan, these widows are on the verge of starvation. Radhashtami is a time when thousands of travelers, believers, and pilgrims make their way to Vrindavan for spiritual enlightenment. Unfortunately, this year, hardly anyone can go down to this holy city.
“During Corona, there’s no work…the ashram is running out of its resources. We need help.” said Madhabi, an 80-year-old widowed woman in Vrindavan. These widows are vulnerable. They have nobody to depend on. We urge you to come forward and help them. You might not be able to make the journey this Radhashtami, but you can definitely help feed hundreds of widows by donating a grocery kit.
The amount of donation is greatly appreciated and will go a long way in helping us make a positive impact in the lives of those in need. Together, we can make sure that everyone has access to nutritious food during this auspicious occasion.