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Raksha Bandhan Strengthens the Bond of Protection

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Raksha Bandhan is a Sanskrit word where ‘Raksha’ means protection and ‘Bandhan’ means relationship. It is an age-old tradition that is observed in India to celebrate the strong bond between brothers and sisters. On this day, a sister ties an amulet called ‘rakhi’ on the wrist of her brother’s wrist as a symbol of seeking protection and care. These days, sisters also take up the role of a protective brother, truly making this day a celebration of sibling-bond.

Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the last day of the Hindu lunar calendar month – Shraavana. This year, it will be celebrated in India on 3rd August. There are many stories behind the reason for celebrating this day. All the stories strongly iterate only one promise – the promise to protect.

Story of Draupadi and Krishna
This story dates back to the epic Mahabharata. On one Makar Sankranti, Krishna was cutting sugarcane when he accidentally cut his finger. His wife, Rukmini, sent an official to get first aid. In the meantime, Draupadi reacting with her quick instincts, tore a bit of her saree and tied his cut finger to reduce the bleeding. Krishna promised in return, to help her when she was in need.

The story of Yama and Yamuna
According to one legend, Yamuna (a river in India) tied a rakhi to the Lord of death – Yama, who in turn granted her immortality. Yama was so moved by this gesture that he declared that any brother who has a rakhi tied by his sister and has offered protection in return, will also become immortal.

Story of Karnavati and Humayun
Another famous version of the history of this festival is that of Karnavati and Emperor Humayun. After defeating Vikramjeet once, Bahadur Shah of Gujarat attacked Mewar for the second time while the Queen Karnavati started seeking for support from other kingdoms. In the meantime, she sent a rakhi and wrote a letter to Emperor Humayan in the hope of support to protect her kingdom. Respecting the thread that Karnavati had sent, Humayun immediately sent his army to protect her.

Raksha Bandhan is a promise of protecting each other from all troubles and bringing security. Children need our support the most. They need protection in the form of food, shelter, clothes and education. There are many Indian NGOs that work towards securing the future of children.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an Indian NGO that supports children hailing from economically-challenged sections of the society, by feeding them with unlimited food for education. The Foundation is recognised as the world’s largest NGO-run school meal programme and feeds 1.8 million children every single day. It serves mid-day meals to children studying in 19,039 Government and Government-aided schools spread across 12 States and 2 Union Territories of India.

This Raksha Bandhan, secure the present and future of children by providing them regular school meals and education. Your support will make this special day even more meaningful. 

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Disaster Relief

Generous Supporters of Akshaya Patra During COVID-19 Crisis

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Thousands of employees are staying at homes and fulfilling their duties as responsible citizens to flatten the curve. While we do so, there are NGOs who have come forward to help fellow citizens who are struggling for something as basic as food – these are the people from the migrant communities.

With the harsh blow struck by the Corona disaster, millions of migrant workers and labourers had to deal with reduced or loss of income, food shortages and job insecurity.

According to World Economic Forum, there are over 139 million migrants in the country.

And to help them, The Akshaya Patra Foundation commenced its COVID Relief Service on 25th March 2020. By adhering to all safety and hygiene measures, it serves meals and distributes grocery kits to low-income and marginalised sections of the society that comprises of daily-wage earners, migrants, labourers, construction-site workers, needy people at old-age homes and night shelters.

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Every citizen is coming forward to do their bit to help people in distress due to the COVID disaster. With constant support from various State Governments & District Administrations, donors and volunteers, the Foundation has extended its relief operations to reach a total of 19 States of India.

Because of this generous support, Akshaya Patra has been able to serve a cumulative of 5,61,17,791 meals thus far.

Cooked meals are distributed on a daily basis to ensure that every individual is fed and does not have to stay hungry. Essential grocery kits are distributed every day to help migrants and their families survive during this testing time. Each grocery kit contains rice, pulses, oil, spices and vegetables that can serve 2 people with 42 meals for 21 days.

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With the help of these donors and supporters, Akshaya Patra has equipped itself in providing food relief materials to the needy.

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The entire Foundation wholeheartedly thanks each and every one who stepped in to support the COVID-19 food relief service. There are million more people who are still in need of food relief amidst the chaos. We can reach out to them only with support from generous people like you.

Click here to play an important role in feeding people from migrant communities.

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