Saalumarada Thimmakka Wiki : Mother of Trees who blessed President Ramnath Kovind

The strict protocol of Rashtrapati Bhavan could not curb the motherly instincts of 106-year-old Saalumarada Thimmakka, who was awarded Padma Shri for planting thousands of trees in Karnataka, as she touched the forehead of President Ram Nath Kovind to bless him.

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

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

Saalumarada Thimmakka Wiki 

Saalumarada Thimmakka also known as Aalada Marada Timakka is an Indian environmentalist from the state of Karnataka, noted for her work in planting and tending to 385 banyan trees along a four-kilometre stretch of highway between Hulikal and Kudur. She has also planted nearly 8000 other trees
Thimmakka's husband died in 1991 Today, Thimmakka is invited to many afforestation programs in India. She has also been involved in other social activity like constructing a tank to store rainwater for the annual fair held in her village. She also has a dream of constructing a hospital in her village in remembrance of her husband and a trust has been set up for this purpose

Awards and Recognition to Saalumarada Thimmakka  
  1. For her achievement, Thimmakka has been conferred with the following awards and citations:
  2. Padma Shri award - 2019
  3. Nadoja Award By Hampi University- 2010
  4. National Citizen's award - 1995 
  5. Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra Awards - 1997 (Vrikshamitra="friend of trees") 
  6. Veerachakra Prashasthi Award - 1997
  7. Honour Certificate from the Women and Child Welfare Department, Government of Karnataka
  8. Certificate of Appreciation from the Indian Institute of Wood Science and Technology, Bangalore.
  9. Karnataka Kalpavalli Award - 2000
  10. Godfrey Phillips Bravery Award - 2006. 
  11. Vishalakshi Award by Art of Living Organisation
  12. Vishwathma Award by Hoovinahole Foundation -2015
  13. One of BBC's 100 Women in 2016 
  14. Honoured with She's Divine Award by I and You Being Together Foundation 2017
  15. Parisara Rathana award
  16. Green champion award
  17. Vrikshamatha award
Saalumarada Thimmakka Age  : 107 years

Delhi settled comedian, Vasu Ritu Primlani has been accused by Thimmakka of misusing her name. Ms. Thimmakka had filed a private complaint before the Ramanagaram Judicial Magistrate First Class (JFMC) court on 9 May against a non-resident Indian, Ritu Primlani, for running the organisation named after her for at least 14 years without her consent or knowledge