To celebrate International Women’s Day – Jijauchya Waghini – a group formed to teach self defense techniques to women, recently organised a bike rally. As part of the celebrations, around 300 women who were part of the rally offered prayers to Indian women who symbolise extraordinary strength – Jija Mata (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s mother) and Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi.
At around 7:30 am, members of Jijauchya Waghini gathered near the Chhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue at Gandhi Gate, Mahal. After offering prayers to Jija Mata, women present gave each other roses and handmade greeting cards. The rally then kick started and moved towards Rani Jhansi Square, Sitabuldi.
When the rally reached Rani Jhansi square, women in the rally gave roses to the female commuters they came across. The girls then performed a prayer and garlanded the statue of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi at the square. Some young girls from Jijauchya Waghini also displayed martial arts and self defense techniques.
Also, present during the rally were Ex-corporator Prabha Jangade, Corporator Shraddha Pathak, Ritesh Balwaik, Datta Shirke, Sachin Gujar, Jai Askar and Vivek Suryavanshi.
Pictures by: Harish Nimje