Widows of Vrindavan celebrate Diwali

Widows, who have been abandoned by their families, light sparklers after offering prayers on the banks of the river Yamuna as part of Diwali celebrations

Bengali widows celebrating Diwali festival at Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh

Widows hold sparklers and deepas -- oil lamps -- during Diwali celebrations at Kesi Ghat on the banks of the Yamuna river in Vrindavan

A widow prays before a sacred tree during Diwali celebrations at the Meera Sahabhagini Widows Ashram in Vrindavan

Widows hold lit deepas -- oil lamps -- during Diwali celebrations at Kesi Ghat on the banks of the Yamuna river in Vrindavan

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Widows (in white), who have been abandoned by their families, hold earthen oil lamps as they offer prayers on the banks of the river Yamuna as part of Diwali celebrations

Widows of Vrindavan celebrate Diwali organised by Sulabh International at Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh