Saalumarada Thimmakkka’s life is a Legend, all of us are proud of her. It is an unprecedented service that has made her name worldwide. In her eight years, she has planted and nurtured approximately 8,000 trees. Indeed her achievement is commendable. It is not an easy task to plant and grow 8,000 plants. It requires temperament, dedication above all we must love the work we do. All these were in Ms. Thimmakka”s dictionary. In recognition of her unprecedented service, the Government of India awarded her the highest civilian award ” Padmashri”
Ms. Thimmakka was born in a small village called Hulikal, Magadi Taluk, Ramanagara Dist., Karnataka state, in a poor family. She has faced all sorts of struggles in her younger age. She has never climbed the school stairs, never got that chance!. But her lack of education did not diminish her achievement. In 1928 she got married to Bikkala Chikkayya. Unfortunately, they do not have children for many years. To make up for the shortage of children, the couple began planting banyan trees.
They were brought up and nurtured as their children. How tender-hearted they must be to love their plants like their children with selflessness!!!. Every day they watered the plants, completing their daily household chores. This was their life. They were making a thorny fence to protect the plants from animals. All these scenarios show her love and concern for Nature. Ms. Thimmakka did not her sociopathic work even after the death of her husband. Without children the same passion and love she planted the trees. She is not limited to planting trees later she involved in a number of Ecological social works.
She is all the forefront of all fight against environmental destruction. As Ms. Thimmakka says, “Respect the Environment and everyone wants a plant in their life.” There are many climatic anomalies and forest destruction in the world today. Many environmentalists talk about these. She is a Role modal to them. She is Ideal for all of us. She is the Best Inspiration to all. She is the best example of all that you can achieve without a formal education. Saalumarada Thimmakka is the answer to what an uneducated woman can not do!!!!!.
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Nature has been worshipped by ancient Indian culture or people. Ours is a culture of divinity found in Nature. Ms. Thimmakka has been engaged in the worship of Nature all her Life. Let her and her family always be happy. ” If we do a little of what she did, we can probably reduce todays Natural anomalies”……..
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