The Votaries of Kartik Vrata in Vrindavan: Rituals as Creation of ‘Space’

In the sacred realm of Kartik Vrata, rural women from Orissa embark on a Tirtha yatra to Vrindavan – a space where worldly distinctions dissolve in Krishna’s divine lila. This yatra is not just physical but an Ātmikā, Anveṣaṇā, unifying the bhaktas in a shared BhaktiBhava towards Gopala. Enveloped in the spirit of Kartik, these women immerse themselves in artistic expressions, from intricate alpanas to mud figurines, celebrating Krishna’s love – and in this process this pilgrimage becomes a liberating journey, fostering Female Solidarity & emotional expression