Visiting Widows

Vrindavan is a city in North India that is known as the “city of widows.” With a population of approximately 50,000, an astounding 6,000 widows (most of them young women, as the video will show) reside in this city. Widows are often sent away by their husbands’ families who want to prevent them from inheriting money or property. Penniless, ostracized, and alone, they come to this place to live out the remainder of their lives believing that death in this city will release them from the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. This video snapshot captures Maria Pratt visiting a widow’s home in Vrindavan. Maria takes time to listen to the stories of the widows, as well as volunteers alongside others in facilitating a skit. Being considered unclean in their society, the widows are largely left alone. Having an opportunity to heal from such hardship is necessary, and Maria was glad to aid in that process. We know that God hears the cries of the widows, and Maria wants to parter with God to answer them.