Maintaining the yearly tradition, widows of Vrindavan are sending 501 hand-made rakhis and 75 tricolours to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the festive occassion of Raksha Bandhan.
Bindeshwar Pathak, the founder of Sulabh International and a well-known social reformer, organised a rakhi-making event for the widows at Maa Sharda Ashram here on Tuesday, Madan Jha, media advisor of Sulabh International, said on Wednesday.
The women made and decorated the rakhis and sent them to Delhi. These rakhis will be delivered to the prime minister's office by a representative of the organisation, Jha said.
In the past, some widows have visited the prime minister’s residence to tie him rakhis on Raksha Bandhan and present him sweets. However, for the last two years, they could not go and personally tie the rakhi to him due to the Covid pandemic, he said.
He said rakhis, adorned with photographs of PM Modi, have been prepared by old widows living in Maa Sharda and Radhatila ashrams.
Every year, since his days as Gujarat CM, PM Modi celebrates the festival with women, from various walks of life, and children tying him rakhi.
(with inputs from PTI)
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