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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat Vrindavan organizes free distribution to the Vrindavan widows

News: Kripalu Maharaj distribution of food and money to Vrindavan widows
Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat meal and money distribution to the Vrindavan Widows at Prem Mandir

Approximately 4000 widows arrived at Prem Mandir, Vrindavan, on 30th April, 2013 for the free distribution organised by Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat – Shyama Shyam Dham. The event took place with the blessings of Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj.

Widows gathered outside Prem Mandir from early morning for the distribution program which commenced at 5am. Each of the guests were welcomed personally by Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat Shyama Shyam Dham devotees, and those who required assistance, wheelchairs were provided for them at the campus grounds.

As the weather gets warmer in India, many suffer from dehydration. Realizing this problem, devotees of Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj distributed large jugs, glasses, glucose packets and mosquito nets to every widow who came to the distribution. Snacks were also provided to the widows during the event.

The smiles on their faces were a true indication of their appreciation for the items of necessity that they received. The condition of the widows of Vrindavan has been one of India’s greatest shame. They have been at the bottom of anyone’s priorities for decades, but great improvements have been taking place in the past year with regular meal and money distributions at Prem Mandir and 100% free medical treatment via the Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat Charitable Hospital in Barsana. The Uttar Pradesh Government has also started to take notice and has now made the widows plight a top priority after a supreme court ruling.

More significantly, Kripalu Ji Maharaj is constructing a massive new 100% free charitable hospital is mid-way on the Prem Mandir premises, and will benefit the entire population of Vrindavan, including the widows. For it’s work with the widows and the underprivileged, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat was awarded one of India’s highest honors, the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award, in 2012. Aaj Ki Khabar covered the story here.

The Vrindavan Times news had the chance to speak with 2 of the widows who attended a recent Shyama Shyama Dham widow distribution event (translated from Hindi):

“My name is Durga Dasi. I have been staying in Vrindavan, in Chaitanya Vihar, for last 25 years and I have come from Kolkata. Nobody in Vrindavan will give this kind of food, this kind of charity, this kind of gift to the widow people. We have been suffering in Vrindavan. We have been here for the last 25 years but have never ever got this kind of treatment, respect and we have just got some gifts and other things. We are very much delighted and we are appreciative of this Shyama Shyam Dham. We are looking forward to the hospital in Vrindavan so we can be benefited even more.”

“I am Bindu. I have been staying at Madan Mohan ashram, Vrindavan, for the past 15 years. No ashram gives such kind of gift and such kind of donation. I have been very much enlightened by getting such kind of gifts”

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