Vrindavan: Young widow strikes a blow against an old barbaric custom

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Vrindavan: Young widow strikes a blow against an old barbaric custom

Post by Rashmun on Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:08 am

In a departure from tradition, a young widow’s marriage was solemnised in the presence of around 500 widows in the 400-year-old Gopinath temple of Vrindavan on Monday.


Vinita Devi, 23, who lost her husband in the 2013 Kedarnath landslide, tied the nuptial knot with Rakesh. 
For the widows present in the marriage, this was their Diwali celebration. “Her marriage is a message for the society that believes a woman’s life ends if she becomes a widow,” said Manu Ghosh, a 90-year-old widow in Vrindavan.


After she lost her husband, Vinita (a mother of two) remained confined to her in-laws’ house in Devlidhanigram in Rudraprayag district for two months. Later, she left for her native village Kamodi in the same district to take care of her ailing mother. But, she soon started facing the grim realities of life as a widow, with no money for herself. 


In 2014, she married Rakesh in court, but did not get social acceptance. Hence, to get social acceptance to her marriage, she decided to marry him with full rituals....


“I think more women should come forward and take decisions of their lives on their own, whether it is about education, career or choosing a life partner,” said Vinita, who will now settle in Uttarakhand with Rakesh, a driver.
Vinita has not planned her life, but said, “I wish to do something that can provide good education to my children,” adding: “I have taken a bold step, and hope the future will be bright.”


http://www.hindustantimes.com/lucknow/young-widow-s-marriage-solemnised-at-gopinath-temple-in-vrindavan/story-uvhyQkgsyOpxw3QB64C7MP.html


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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/with-traditional-wedding-widow-fights-stigma/articleshow/61115325.cms

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Post by Seva Lamberdar on Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:59 pm

It just shows that temple widows custom was due to families abandoning their widows in temples themselves and not because temples or the religion (Hinduism) wanted / proclaimed it.
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Post by Seva Lamberdar on Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:07 am

Seva Lamberdar wrote:It just shows that temple widows custom was due to families abandoning their widows in temples themselves and not because temples or the religion (Hinduism) wanted / proclaimed it.

"A temple shelter for women and children" ... http://www.geocities.ws/lamberdar/temple_shelter.html
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