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This rakhi, tree turns brother!

Have you ever heard of people tying rakhi to trees for protection? Read on to know more about the fascinating episode.

india Updated: Aug 09, 2006 19:39 IST

Tying rakhi to a human being is passé. Have you ever heard of people tying rakhi to trees for protection? Well, a new meaning was added to Raksha Bandhan, in Lucknow, when a giant Rakhi was tied to a Neem tree in the Prince of Wales Zoological Gardens symbolising a strong step towards environment protection.

"Rakhis are tied around the wrist of brothers by sisters to protect them from all kinds of trouble. In turn, brothers promise to protect them throughout life. Similarly, trees are necessary for our existence so we tied Rakshi and have in turn taken a vow to protect them till our dying breath," said Secretary of Samajik Sarokar Manch.

Activists of the Samajik Sarokar Manch tied a 17.25 feet long Rakshi weighing 30 kgs to the neem tree.

PK Gupta, Secretary of the Samajik Sarokar Manch, said it took us around a fortnight to prepare the giant peacock-shaped Rakhi. Only environment-friendly material was used in the preparation of it.

A CD containing songs on trees and environment was also released on the occasion. Later, the Manch activists tied Rakshi on hundreds of trees.

First Published: Aug 09, 2006 19:39 IST