Raksha Bandhan 2020: Spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi, popularly known as 'Amma' by her followers, greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Raksha Bandhan today.
In a video message, Mata Amritanandamayi said, "...at a time when there are so many crises in the country both inside and from neighbouring countries, the Prime Minister has to take the correct decisions. May God give him the strength to protect the people."
Amma starts her message by referring to the Puranas. She says, just like Lord Krishna, who held the Govardhana mountain on his finger to protect people during the torrential rain, similarly the Prime Minister has the responsibility of protecting everyone, the way Krishna did. "There are troubles in the country, a raging pandemic that has made people insecure both mentally and physically - may God bless the PM, to help him make the right decisions and protect the nation."
In response, PM Modi said, "Respected Amritanandamayi Ji, I am most humbled by your special Raksha Bandhan greetings. It is my honour and privilege to work for our great nation. Blessings from you, and from India's Nari Shakti, give me great strength. They are also vital for India's growth and progress."
Respected @Amritanandamayi Ji, I am most humbled by your special Raksha Bandhan greetings. It is my honour and privilege to work for our great nation.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 3, 2020
Blessings from you, and from India's Nari Shakti, give me great strength. They are also vital for India's growth and progress. https://t.co/FoLQdjrxEi
Amma has often tweeted video messages for PM Modi. After receiving wishes on his birthday in 2018, the Prime Minister said, "...You have always been a constant source of strength and positivity not only in my life but also in the lives of millions of people. Thank you very much." Before becoming the Prime Minister, in 2013, he had also attended Mata Amritanandamayi's 60th birthday celebrations held at her mutt about 80 km from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.
Veteran singer Lata Mangrshkar also tweeted Raksha Bandhan wishes for PM Modi.
The Prime Minister, in his response to veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar's Raksha Bandhan greetings, said, "Lata Didi, your message on this auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan, will give immense inspiration and energy. With the blessings of crores of mothers and sisters, our country will touch new heights...I pray to God for your health and long life."