Jitendra Patel, a resident of Mehsana, invited the widows from five districts of Gujarat, including Banaskantha, Mehsana, Sabarkantha, Patan and Aravalli to crush the superstition
A widow’s presence at a wedding is considered a bad luck at many places in India, and are not invited to festivals and other celebrations.
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But when a businessman in Gujarat was organising his son’s wedding, he decided to crush this superstitious belief and invited about 18,000 widows to bless the bride and groom.
“It was my heartfelt desire that the couple should be blessed by widows, who are mostly neglected by the society. Their presence is considered a bad omen at auspicious functions but I wanted to prove that all these beliefs are nothing but superstitions,” Jitendra Patel told The Times of India.
To make them feel even more special, every widow was presented with a blanket and a sapling. They promised to nurture the plants back home. Additionally, 500 widows coming from financially weaker backgrounds were presented with a milking cow each, to help them earn a living.
“I can hope of earning a decent livelihood now. I never expected getting so much importance after becoming a widow,” said 55-year-old Hansa Thakore of Vijapur town in Mehsana district.
We salute the efforts of Mr Jitendra for being an Inspiration to the society to bring awareness against blind superstition which are destroying many innocent lives