Visiting Paris

On my way back from school I was thoroughly excited as I was travelling to Paris the next day.

The following day we landed in the city of lights. The tour started by visiting the most prominent landmark of Paris ,the Eiffel Tower, there we saw the spectacular view of Paris by a telescope.The next day we went to Disneyland, the place I was eager to visit. I met all disney characters such as wizard of Oz , Alice in wonderland Cinderella etc. We had a great time there. We continues by visiting the louvre, the art museum, the ‘les cat

Related imageacomes’ that are vast mines. We ended the day by shopping on the streets and having cheese pizza.

Our trip ended after a week and I flew back to mumbai with a bunch of memories to be shared.

Raddheya Mahendru

Arya Vidya Mandir Bandra (west)

गुरुभक्त एकलव्य

एकलव्य की कथा का वर्णन महाभारत में मिलता है। उसके अनुसार एकलव्य निषादराज हिरण्यधनु का पुत्र था। वह गुरु द्रोणाचार्यके पास धनुर्विद्या सीखने गया था, लेकिन राजवंश का न होने के कारण द्रोणाचार्य ने उसे धनुर्विद्या सिखाने से मना कर दिया। तबएकलव्य ने द्रोणाचार्य की एक प्रतिमा बनाई और उसे ही गुरु मानकर धनुर्विद्या का अभ्यास करने लगा। एक बार गुरु द्रोणाचार्य केसाथ सभी राजकुमार शिकार के लिए वन में गए।
 
उस वन में एकलव्य अभ्यास कर रहा था। अभ्यास के दौरान कुत्ते के भौंकने पर एकलव्य ने अपने बाणों से कुत्ते का मुंह बंद कर दिया।जब द्रोणाचार्य व राजकुमारों ने कुत्ते को इस हाल में देखा तो वे उस धनुर्धर को ढूंढने लगे, जिसने इतनी कुशलता से बाण चलाए थे।एकलव्य को ढूंढने पर द्रोणाचार्य ने उससे उसके गुरु के बारे में पूछा। एकलव्य ने बताया कि उसने प्रतिमा के रूप में ही द्रोणाचार्य कोअपना गुरु माना है। तब गुरु द्रोणाचार्य ने गुरु दक्षिणा के रूप में एकलव्य से दाहिने हाथ का अंगूठा मांग लिया। एकलव्य ने बिनाकुछ सोचे अपने अंगूठा द्रोणाचार्य को दे दिया।
 
By KEISHA D’SOUZA, Class 3B, AVMBW

HOW MANY RAMAYANAS?

The Ramayana-the story of Shri Rama has inspired people for thousands of years. From time to time, this story has been written by different people in different languages to bring it closer to the common man.

Do you know how many Ramayana’s there are? Hundreds we are told. Here are some of them.

Valmiki Ramayan- Valmiki
Adhyatma Ramayan- vyasa
Tulsi Ramayan- saint Tulsidas
Kamba Ramayan- kamban(tamil)
Bhushundi Ramayan- Kaok Bhushundi
Govind Ramayan- sikh guru Shri Gobind Singh ji
Mantra Ramayan- mandal 6 of rig Veda
Vichitra Ramayan- Oriya
Bhanu bhakt Ramayan- Nepali
Madhav kandali krit Ramayan- Asamese
Koka Ramayan- Gujarati
In each and every Ramayana, lord Rama means:
One who is pleasing, charming, beautiful, upright, honest and one who gives rest.

By Siya Mundra, Class 3B, AVM BE

The Story of Onam

By Aditya Bastikar, Std 3A, AVMBW

Once upon a time there was a King called Mahabali. Mahabali was an Asura but a worshipper of Lord Vishnu. He was a wise king. Because of his kindness he became very popular in heaven and on Earth. All of the gods became very jealous of him. They went to Lord Vishnu for help.

Lord Vishnu took the form of a dwarf Vamana and went to Mahabali’s  palace. He asked King Mahabali for one wish. And that was to take 3 strides on the earth and then that part of the land would be ruled by him. Mahabali granted his wish. Vamana started to grow bigger and bigger. He grew bigger than the earth. He took one step on heaven and the other on earth and had no more space for the third step. King Mahabali then offered his head for the third step. He bowed down.

Being a good king, the Gods offered him a last wish. He wished to come down to earth once a year to meet his people.

Every year this day is celebrated as Onam in Kerala. Onam falls in the harvest season. It is celebrated for days and during this time there are boat races and many other exciting celebrations.

The people of Kerala prepare a grand sadhya, which is served on a banana leaf and every guest is served with as much respect as King Mahabali.