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108 Gopis of Krishna

According to Hindu Vaishnava theology, there are 108 Gopis (milkmaids) of Vrindavan who share an eternal intimate friendship with the Lord Krishna.

Vrindavan, considered to be the place where Krishna lived until his youth, has for centuries been a refuge for widowed women.

Some widows are considered inauspicious, while others lose their income and are ostracised in their home villages. Many are sent away by their husbands' families, who want to prevent them from inheriting property.

Nobody can quite explain why this particular town attracts widows from all around India - particularly, it seems, from Bengal. But they have survived here by singing devotional Krishna songs in temples.

In 2017, I met, interviewed, and photographed hundreds of widows living in a care home in Vrindavan, a holy town in Uttar Pradesh, northern India.

This series consists of 108 photos and audio interviews that tell complex but inspiring stories of India's abused and exiled women who try to find solace in the pursuit of their divine love for Krishna.