Shaving of the head and other practices are part of a vow known as the vidava-vrata, undertaken by a widow in India. At the time that the husband dies, the widow takes to a life of vows, and by so doing she will attain the same planet as the husband. This is the aim of the vrata of widowhood. They believe in life after death.

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