Sometimes you are lucky enough to witness an event which will remain unforgettable in your entire life. I was lucky to witness the widow holi at ancient Gopinath Temple,Vrindavan on the 21st of Mar 2016. What I noticed was untamed joy and happiness of the 1000 widows who had come all along from Varanasi to celebrate this special holi. This was the first time widow holi was celebrated within a temple. They played holi with color powder, rose and marigold petals and simultaneously it was showered from the top of the temple. I was perplexed witnessing such beautiful and unforgettable moments of colors and the energy of the widows aged between 22 to 100 as if the energy was reserved for a long period of time within their soul which unleashed that day.

Palpable excitement could be seen everywhere within the temple as the widows smeared each other with color powders and was dancing as well. The most significant part of this event was the breaking of old tradition and wrong believe that hindu widows cannot take part in religious festivals as it was considered as inauspicious and they have to dressed only in white. All total 11 quintals of color powder and petal were arranged for the special event and it was dedicated to Lord Krishna. I would say this is beginning of a positive thought and actions by the well-wishers of the country and a great step towards showing us the right way of life.


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Sampurna Sarkarreply
May 24, 2016 at 06:05 PM

lovely collection of photo

May 25, 2016 at 04:05 AM

Indeed a great and positive thinking in right direction . Thanks for sharing this event through your lenses and write up. Excellent work !!

Sudarshan K Mondalreply
June 06, 2016 at 06:06 PM

This is wonderful work. Amazing feel. Very well presented.

Sumit Chowdhuryreply
November 05, 2016 at 12:11 PM

Amazing work Raj da, emotions captured with such brilliance, totally stumped me.

soumendra Mukhopadhyayreply
March 03, 2017 at 12:03 AM

The story and the capture.. both keep a deep impact in my mind.. All are human.. All have equal right ..the right to enjoy ..the right to be happy.. The inititiate must continue for the years to come

June 29, 2017 at 05:06 AM
– In reply to: soumendra Mukhopadhyay

Fiindng this post. It’s just a big piece of luck for me.

Manish Khattryreply
August 07, 2017 at 11:08 PM

A unique story.. Brilliant captures !!!

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