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When 'Mother of Trees' blessed the President

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The of could not curb the motherly instincts of 106-year-old Saalumarada Thimmakka, who was awarded for planting thousands of trees in Karnataka, as she touched the forehead of to bless him.

Thimmakka, who has earned the sobriquet of 'Vriksha Mathe (mother of trees)' for planting 8,000 trees including over 400 banyan trees, was honoured along with other personalities at on Saturday.

In a ceremony marked by strict protocols, Thimmakka, dressed in a light green sari, with a smiling face and 'tripundra' on her forehead, approached the dias to receive the award from

As the president, 33 years younger to Thimmakka, asked her to face the camera, the centenarian touched his forehead to bless him.

Her innocuous move brought a smile on the faces of the President, and all the guests who burst into a rapturous applause for her.

Thimmakka's story is of grit and determination. She reportedly wanted to commit suicide in her 40s as she could not conceive, but 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.

Sometimes even bringing water from over 4 kilometers for their plants.

Born in village in Karnataka, has planted over 8,000 trees during a period of 65 years. Her husband passed away in 1991.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 15:45 IST
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