in Vrindavan, India.
RADHASEVA IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO EMPOWERING WIDOWS AND THE LOCAL PEOPLE OF VRINDAVAN, INDIA, TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE ITS SACRED LAND AND UPLIFTS ITS COMMUNITIES
WHERE WE WORK
Govardhan & Radha Kunda
in Sri Vrindavan Dham
Vrindavan, The Sacred Land of India
Vrindavan, India, the childhood home of Lord Sri Krishna, is globally renowned as one of the most sacred places on the planet and the home to thousands of temples and historically holy sites.
Yet thousands of Vrindavan's people suffer extreme
poverty, and 20,000 are widowed women, the largest community of widows in the world.
We believe in empowering Vrindavan's people while protecting its sacred land and water.
Supporting the Widows
Home to over 20,000 widows, Vrindavan has become the city of widows and a sanctuary for India's women after the death of their husbands. Considered inauspicious or cursed by society, widows are often forced from their homes and travel thousands of miles to reach Vrindavan in hopes of a brighter life.
We're on a mission to offer a brighter life.
For over a decade, we've empowered widows to make a difference in their lives and communities. Together, we are preserving historic heritage sites, protecting sacred land and water, offering meals to those in need, and showing by example the powerful contributions a widowed woman can make if only given the opportunity.
The Widows of RadhaSeva
Provided for over
1 million prasadam meals to the local and widow community
Clean and maintain over 16 sacred temples and kunds (bathing pools) around
Provide necessary services to over 250 widowed women every day
Empowering Brajavasis to protect their sacred home
We work with the local Brajavasi community to protect and support their land and people.
Ensuring the Brajavasi culture continues to thrive for generations to come, we work with underrepresented Brajavasi locals, and together we tackle projects that matter within the community and for the preservation of Sri Vrindavan Dham.
Our work includes restoring ancient spaces, providing meals and resources to those in need, and offering education to local children.
Before and after our site restorations
Caitanya's Sitting Place
Rhondita - Widow of Vrindavan
In 1515 Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu would rest at this location between His walk from Imli Tala to His camp at Akrura Ghata. The Jagannath deities here were previously worshiped by Murari Gupta and later sent to this location to be cared for. Today Rhondita maintains Caitanya's Sitting place.
BEFORE - 2012
We restore and maintain the historic and sacred kundas and holy spaces throughout Radha Kunda and Govardhan. After initial restorations are complete, we work with widows and Brajavasis to preserve each of these locations daily to ensure their protection and longevity.