The Shoe-Keeper Who Donated ₹61 Lakh to Vrindavan’s Cows

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The Shoe-Keeper Who Donated ₹61 Lakh to Vrindavan’s Cows

Illustration: Juergen Dsouza

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nce upon a time there was a destitute widow, who arrived in a strange land and sat outside a temple in service of her Lord, collecting pennies, until one day she amassed a fortune of ₹61 lakh and give it all to the cows.

Fact they say is stranger than fiction, but the story of Yashoda Dasi is the strangest of them all. Draped in a ragged orange sari, the wizened old woman sits outside the Banke Bihari Temple in Mathura and guards the shoes of devotees, as she has done for the last 40- odd years. You’d walk past her without giving her a second look but that would be a mistake. Yashoda Dasi is a person we all should know.

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