In Search of Krishna in Vrindavan’s Secret Forest

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In Search of Krishna in Vrindavan’s Secret Forest

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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t’s nearing 11 pm and I am still waiting outside the walled temple of Nidhivan in Vrindavan, in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura district. I never imagined I’d be investigating a legend I’ve heard since I was a kid at this supposed site of Krishna’s childhood. Vrindavan is now known as the “City of Widows,” as it harbours a floating population of nearly 20,000 women who migrate here after losing their husbands to sing hymns to the Blue God. At this hour though, I can’t hear any of their prayers the last pedha shops around have shuttered, the last rickshaw pullers are fast asleep.

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