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Widows greet Pathak as he celebrates Diwali with them (PHOTO: Shahnawaz Khan/SNS)

Diwali is celebrated to honour Lord Rama, the seventh avatar (incarnation) of the god Vishnu. It is believed that on this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king Ravana (PHOTO: Shahnawaz Khan/SNS)

Hundreds of widows celebrate Diwali with NGO Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak at Gopinath Temple in Vrindavan ahead of the festival of lights (PHOTO: Shahnawaz Khan/SNS)

While the widows stay in ashrams in poor condition, festivals and celebrations give them a reason to smile (PHOTO: Shahnawaz Khan/SNS)

Sulabh International founder Pathak makes it a point to visit Vrindavan to celebrate the occasion with the distraught widows every year (PHOTO: Shahnawaz Khan/SNS)


Generally, the widows are left in the holy city by their families as they refuse to look after them in their old age (PHOTO: Shahnawaz Khan/SNS)

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