On the occasion of the 500th birth anniversary of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, widows of Vrindavan will be get a new name – ‘Krishna Vadhus‘ – to free them from all kinds of societal stigma.
The week-long celebration will be inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who has extended his full support to the effort to bring the widows into the mainstream.
Explaining the decision, the coordinator of the event, aishnavacharya Shree Abhishek Goswami, said:
“By renaming them as ‘Krishna Vadhus’, we are making a small bid to unite them with Lord Krishna. These widows have lost their husband physically and not spiritually, if one goes by the Hindu mythology.”
Not only the official naming, with support from UP government a corpus fund would be created for the widows to enable them to earn their livelihood and live respectfully.
Goswami added that move will hit out at orthodox minds in the society.
Some NGOs have already been working on the betterment of the lives of these widows by making them participate in festivals like Holi and Diwali, traditionally forbidden for women who have lost their husbands.
The week-long celebration called ‘Vrindavan Prakash Utsav’ will begin on November 18.