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The "Mother Of Trees" Blessed Indian President Ram Nath Kovind

by Webdesk


New Delhi (March 16): One of the greatest, bravest women Smt.Saalumarada Thimmakka honoured with India's most prestigious award Padma Shri along with other personalities at Rashtrapati Bhavan   today. A delight full moment inspiring several generations.


Smt Thimmakka is popularly known as ‘Vriksha Mathe’ (Mother of Trees), is an environmentalist from the state of Karnataka, India.

In a ceremony marked by strict protocols, Ms Thimmakka, dressed in a light green sari, bare foot with a smiling face and 'tripundra' on her forehead, approached the dias to receive the award from President Ram Nath Kovind.


The 107 yr old Thimmakka planted more than eight thousand trees - including over 400 banyan trees - over 65 years and is taking care of them as her children.


Indian President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Smt Saalumarada Thimmakka today for Social Work and for planting banyan trees along a 4 km stretch of highway from her village Hulikal to Kudur.


In a motherly gesture, she blessed President while receiving the award, touched the forehead of President Ram Nath Kovind to bless him.  The strict protocol of Rashtrapati Bhavan could not curb the motherly instincts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all the guests who applauded for her.

Ms Thimmakka's story is that of grit and determination. She reportedly wanted to commit suicide when she was in her 40s as she was unable to bear a child.


With the support of her husband, she found solace in planting trees.


The couple arduously worked in the fields during the day, planted trees and cared for them. From 10 plants in the first year, they kept planting more saplings in the later years.


During summer months bringing water from over 4 kilometers for their plants. Her husband passed away in 1991.

A U.S. environmental organisation based in Los Angeles and Oakland, California called Thimmakka's Resources for Environmental Education is named after her.


"At the Padma awards ceremony, it is the President’s privilege to honour India’s best and most deserving. But today I was deeply touched when Saalumarada Thimmakka, an environmentalist from Karnataka, and at 107 the oldest Padma awardee this year, thought it fit to bless me" - Hon. President Kovind tweeted.







Photos Courtesy : posted on Twitter by Rashtrapati Bhavan India.

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