Widows from Vrindavan visit Durga Puja pandals in Kolkata

Mon Oct 07 2013, 17:33 hrs
A group of 50 widows from Vrindavan, who are in Kolkata for the Durga Puja celebrations this year, visited a few pandals in the city. It is for the first time in years that widows from Vrindavan and Mathura are visiting Kolkata after they had been abandoned by their families.(IE Photo: Partha Paul)
A group of 50 widows from Vrindavan, who are in Kolkata for the Durga Puja celebrations this year, visited a few pandals in the city. It is for the first time in years that widows from Vrindavan and Mathura are visiting Kolkata after they had been abandoned by their families.(IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Vrindavan widows during the visit at Kumartuli in Kolkata. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Vrindavan widows during the visit at Kumartuli in Kolkata. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
The old women came back to their home city to celebrate the festival, which for a Bengali marks the visit of Goddess Durga with her children to her parents' house, as part of a process under the Supreme Court's directive to remove the social stigma attached to their lives. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
The old women came back to their home city to celebrate the festival, which for a Bengali marks the visit of Goddess Durga with her children to her parents' house, as part of a process under the Supreme Court's directive to remove the social stigma attached to their lives. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
The widows visit a Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
The widows visit a Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Tomorrow these widows would inaugurate Pally Mangal Samiti Durga Puja in Jodhpur Park area. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Tomorrow these widows would inaugurate Pally Mangal Samiti Durga Puja in Jodhpur Park area. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Special arrangements are in order for the women to go pandal hopping. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Special arrangements are in order for the women to go pandal hopping. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
The widows revel in the festive mood of the city. (IE photo: Partha Paul)
The widows revel in the festive mood of the city. (IE photo: Partha Paul)
Others puja committees like those at Salt Lake FE block and Hindustan Park have also invited the widows to their pandals. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Others puja committees like those at Salt Lake FE block and Hindustan Park have also invited the widows to their pandals. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
The old ladies are happy to be home. A few take a break from pandal hopping. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
The old ladies are happy to be home. A few take a break from pandal hopping. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Some of the Durga Puja organisers have been quick to catch on to the subject as their 'theme'. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Some of the Durga Puja organisers have been quick to catch on to the subject as their 'theme'. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)

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