Friday, 28 August 2015 | PNS | Lucknow
Hundreds of aged widows living in Vrindavan and Varanasi are all set to send 1,000 Rakhis, specially designed by them to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.
The widows, mostly in their 80s, are engaged in making colourful Rakhis in the government-run five ashrams in Vrindavan. The group led by Manu Ghosh, started Rakhi making about a fortnight ago and have so far prepared around a thousand such rachis.
“We have planned a target of sending around 1,000 rakhis to our prime minister,” said Manu Ghosh, who had visited PM’s house to tie Rakhi along with four other widows from Virandavan and Varanasi, last year.
In places like Varanasi and Vrindavan, hundreds of widows lead an isolated life to attain ‘moksha’ or liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth. Living in small rooms in narrow alleys, they spend most of their time praying and looking for food, in absence of family support.
On the directives of Supreme Court Sulabh International takes care of over 1500 widows of Vrindavan and Varanasi. “My idea is how to change thoughts, behaviour and attitude of the people of this country towards widows,” Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder of Sulabh International said in a statement issued here on Thursday.
Around hundreds widows today gathered at Meerasahabhagini ashram in Vrindavan resolved to send the rakis to Modi. “Such an initiative will bring cheers to the lives of widows. We will organise many such programmes for them in near future,” he said.