Ahead of Raksha Bandhan's festive, widows of Vrindavan sent rakhis to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They couldn't have an in-person meeting with him for a second year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NGO in support of the widows said that a total of 251 rakhis that were prepared by a group of old-aged widows living in the temple town of western Uttar Pradesh have been sent to the prime minister. The rakhis have colourful pictures of the prime minister and many of them have messages of caution against the pandemic and Modi's call for 'Atmanirbhar Bharat.' Some of the widows have even prepared cotton face masks to be presented to him on Sunday, the day of the festival symbolising a bond between a brother and a sister. A 77-year-old, who had personally tied rakhi to the PM said she has been spending her days inside the ashram for the last five months but is happy that her rakhis and masks have been sent to Modi.
Foundation's vice president Vinita Verma recalled that during the pre-Covid era, on behalf of thousands of widows, four-five mother widows would visit Delhi to present baskets of rakhis and sweets to Modi .