Vrindavan, 2019-10-26 (VT): Shri Dham’s historical Keshi Ghat was illuminated with the hundreds of diyas (clay lamps) as the widows of Vrindavan celebrated Diwali on Friday. Diwali, popularly known as the Hindu ‘festivals of lights’, celebrates Bhagwan Shri Rama’s return to Ayodhya along with Sita Devi and his brother Lakshmana after completion of 14 years of ‘vanavasa’ and the killing of Ravana.
Post the evening ‘aarti’, destitute widows, most of them quite aged, made a grand flower ‘rangoli’ and did ‘deep-dana’ at the Ghat. The light from scores of coloured clay lamps shone bright, creating the most divine and sublime experience together with the devotional chants that filled the atmosphere.
The mothers prayed for the dispelling of darkness from everyone’s lives and for the safety and prosperity of the nation. Majority of these women come from the eastern states of Bengal, Orissa and Assam to obtain ‘mukti’ at Shri Radha-Krishna’s lotus feet in Shri Dham Vrindavan.
This is the seventh year in a row when they got a chance to celebrate Diwali, thanks to the efforts Sulabh International, a non-profit voluntary social organisation founded in 1970 by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak. After brightening the lives of Vrindavan widows, Dr. Pathak went on to adopt the widows of Varanasi as well.