मराठी भाषा दिवस

२७ फेब्रुवारी हा दिवस मराठी साहित्याचा मानदंड कुसुमाग्रज  यांचा जन्मदिवस, हा दिवस ‘मराठी भाषा दिवस’ म्हणून साजरा केला जातो.

त्याच प्रमाणे आर्य विद्या मंदिर जुहु येथेही आम्ही मराठी दिवस दरवर्षी साजरा करतो. ह्यावर्षी २६ फेब्रुवारी रोजी प्राथमिक विभागाच्या वर्गांनी मराठी रंगारंग कार्यक्रम सादर केला. पहिलीच्या मुलांची बडबड गीते खूप लोभस होती, दुसरीची मुले ससे व फुलपाखरू बनून बागडली तर तिसरीच्या मुलांनी एकपात्री नाट्य ‘समाजसेवक’ प्रस्तुत केले. ‘झाडे वाचवा’ हे कठपुतली नाटक एक सुंदर संदेश देऊन गेले. नऊ वर्षीय सीमांत काळे गायला ‘शूरआम्हीसरदार..’, ह्या पोवाड्याने रोमांचक वातावरण निर्माण केले. तिसरीच्या मुलांनी ‘जय जय महाराष्ट्र माझा’ ह्या जोशिल्या गाण्याने मराठी भाषेला मनाचा मुजरा करून सर्वांचे मन जिंकले. चौथीच्या मुलांचा कोळी नाच सर्वस्तुत्य ठरला.

प्रधानाचार्या सौ अलका अग्रवाल यांनीराज्यभाषेचे महत्व मुलांना समजावून दिले. त्याच प्रमाणे पुढील शैक्षणिकसत्र पासून मराठी विषयाचा पाचवी पासून समावेश होणार असल्याची खुशखबर दिली!

गोवर्धन पूजा का विशेष महत्व

भारत मे गोवर्धन पूजा का विशेष महत्व है।इस त्योहार का प्रकृति एवम मानव जीवन से सीधा संबंध है।इस पर्व से संबंधित  कथा इस इस प्रकार है।
देवराज इन्द्र को अपने बल  औऱ ऐश्वर्य का बडा अभिमान हो गया था।उनके इस अभिमान को चूर करने के लिए कृष्ण ने एक लीला रची।बृजवासी पकवान बना कर इन्द्र की पूजा की तैयारी कर रहे थे।कृष्ण ने माँ यशोदा से सवाल पूछा कि किसकी पूजा हो रही है औऱ क्यों?
माता ने उत्तर दिया कि वर्षा आने ka karNa देवराज इन्द्र है अतः उनके प्रति आभार व कृत&ता हेतु yaह kamanaaहो रही है ।इस पर कृष्ण कहते हैं कि इन्द्र की पूजा न कर I
गोवर्धन की पूजा करना उत्तम है क्योंकि गाएँ तो वहीं चरने जाती हैं।इन्द्र यह जानकर क्रोध में भर उठते है।
वर्षा शुरु हो जाती है लगातार सात दिन  तक वर्षा होती रही इस  बीच सभी बृजवासी गाय-बछडों समेत कृष्ण की शरण में जाते हैं ।कृष्ण इनकी रक्षा हेतु गोवर्धन पर्वत को ही अपनी कनिष्ठा उंगली पर उठा लेते हैं ।बलराम के साथ पानी के प्रवाह को रोकते हैं ,गोवर्धन पर्वत के छत्र तले सभी बृजवासियों को व  पशुओं को जीवन दान मिलता है। अंत में इंद्र को एहसास होता है कृष्ण कोई साधारण मानव नहीं है वह ब्रह्मा जी के पास जाते हैं ब्रम्हाजी जब कृष्ण की सच्चाई बताते हैं तो अंदर का अहंकार मिट जाता है एवं कृष्ण से क्षमा मांगते हुए उनकी पूजा करते हैं और उन्हें भोग लगाते हैं किस पौराणिक घटना के बाद गोवर्धन की पूजा होने लगी गायों और बहनों को स्नान करा कर इस दिन उन्हें गुड और चावल खिलाया जाता है इस मिथक में प्राकृतिक संदेशों को मनुष्य तक पहुंचाना और प्रकृति के प्रति कृतज्ञता ज्ञापित करना इस कथा का आधार है ।

नाम चंचल बजोरिया
आठवीं-स
वासुदेव .सी वाधवा,
आर्य विद्या मंदिर बांद्रा पूर्व

गुरू- दक्षिणा

आचार्य दोणाचार्य ।
ऱाजगु$ शिक्षक राजपुत्रों के ।
कौरव और पांङवपुत्रो के अर्जुन य़ा प्रिय शिष्य प्रियतम सब में।

pर था तो अश्वत्थामा पुत्र उनका ,अंश उनका ।
भला बराबरी में उसकी खडा हो सके कोई।

देते आज्ञा शिष्यों को जल लाने की सरिता से।
घट देते शिष्यों को लघु मुख बोल।
जो ले समय अधिक भरने में।

पात्र होता पुत्र का ,खुला बडे मुख का।
भर जल शीघ्र ही लोटते गुरू पुत्र।
समय मिल जाता पिता को,
सिखाते ज्ञान देते शिक्षा विशेष पुत्र को।

ताड ली बात अर्जुन ने।
भागते नदी तट औरो से पहले।
आते लौट शीघ्र ,सहभागी बनने अश्वत्थामा के।
पाते ज्ञान श्रेष्ठ , शिक्षा गूढ़ धनुर्वेद।
खीच न पाए गुरु भी रेखा दोनों के बीच।

बने धनुधारी दोनों ज्ञान के पात्र विशेष अन्य से।
समय बीता ,आया एक भील पुत्र एकलव्य।

ख्याति सुन द्रोण की ,बनने धनुर्धारी
कर प्रणाम । नतमस्तक हो माँगा अनुग्रह।
“देव आया हूँ मागने आपसे विद्या का दान
रहूँगा आज्ञा में,करूँंगा प्रयास बनूंगा धनुर्धर।

बनू कृपा पात्र आपका, मेरे गुरु।
हाय रे विधाता क्रूर व्यंग भाग्य का।
नकारा गुरु ने जिज्ञासु बालक को।
उनकी कृपा के अधिकारी है केवल राजपुत्र,
दीन हीन नही ,तर्क दिया खोखला सा।

नाम- गौरी परदेसी
कक्षा- सातवी “अ”
वासुदेव .सी वाधवा,
आर्य विद्या मंदिर,
बांद्रा पूर्व

पर्व धनतेरस का

भारत मे हर पर्व किसी न किसी वैगानिक मान्यता पर आधारित होता है।हर पर्व के पीछे कोई न कोई घटना जुडी होती है जो हमें अपने गौरव पूर्ण अतीत का स्मरण कराती है। दीपावली से पूर्व धनतेरस का पर्व आता है इस दिन लोग नए पात्र खरीदते हैं।इसके पीछे मान्यता यह है कि सुरासुर युद्ध मे जब तेरह रत्न निकाले जा चुके थे तब चौदहवां अमृत कलश लेकर स्वयं धनवंतरि प्रकट हुए थे ।
इसलिये इस पर्व को धनवंतरि त्रयोदशी भी कहा जाता है।इस कहानी मे धनवंतरि जैसे आयुर्वेदाचार्य का प्रसंग जुडना उनकी विद्ववत्ता और आयुर्वेद मे उनकी महान प्रवीणता की महत्ता को सिद्ध करता है।
निरोगी  स्वस्थ्य रहना हर व्यक्ति की इच्छा होती है जिसे अमृत कलश ही पूर्ण करता है।शायद इसी लिए यह मिथक इस प्रकरण से जुड़ा।ऐसी भी मान्यता है कि त्रयोदशी के दिन ऋषि धनवंतरि अपना जन्मदिन मनाते हुए लोगों को मुफ्त औषधियाँ वितरित करते थे।लोग औषधि लेने नए पात्र लेकर ही आते थे। इसी से इस पावन पर्व पर नए पात्र (बरतन) खरीदने की परंपरा विकसित हो गई।

नाम- प्रणीति खुराना
आठवीं – स
आर्य विद्या मंदिर विद्यालय बान्द्रा पूर्व

गणेशजी का चूहा

कैलाश की चोटी पर, शिवजी के आलय में गणेश जी रहते थे। उनकी मां पार्वती जी का भी यही निवास था। वे सब खुशी खुशी अपना जीवन व्यतीत करते थे। वहीं दूसरी तरफ, गजमुखासुर नाम का एक असुर शिवजी को प्रसन्न करने की कोशिश कर रहा था। वह कठिन तपस्या से भूख, प्यास, सूर्य और हवा की कठोर परीक्षा को जीत चुका था।
जब शिवजी उसके सामने प्रकट हुए तो उन्होंने उसे यह वरदान दिया कि नाही मनुष्य और नाहीं जानवर उसका वध कर सकते है। यह वरदान पाकर गजमुखासुर घमंडी हो गया। उसने पास के गाँव में आतंक कर दिया। उसने लोगों के घरों को बरबाद कर दिया ओर अब तो वह देवताओं के पास जा रहा था। वरदान की वजह से कोई देवता भी उसका कुछ नहीं बिगाड़ सकता था। सब देवता शिवजी के पास गए और उनसे प्राथना की के वह उनकी सहायता करें। शिवजी जानते थे कि पूरे विश्व में सिर्फ गणेश जी ही गजमुखासुर का वध कर सकते है। अतः गणेश जी गजमुख के पास गए और उसे युद्ध के लिए ललकारा। जब गजमुखासुर को पता चला कि गणेश जी मनुष्य ओर जानवर के मिश्रण थे तो वह ङर गया और भागने लगा। पर गणेश जी ने उसे पकड़ लिया और अपनी शक्तियों से उसे चूहा बना दिया। उस दिन से गजमुखासुर एक चूहा बन गया और गणेश जी का वाहन।

By Priya Misra, Class 7A, AVMBW

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

THE GREAT TEACHER

Myths and legends are an integral part of human existence. They have been around us all the time. Though their validity is susceptible, nobody seems to mind as they stand as a proof of the human belief in divine powers. Here I bring to you a popular mythological story that will take you to times of yore when gods co-habited with humans.    One day the princes’ of Hastinapur were playing together and their ball fell into a well. Then a ring, too, fell into the well The princes peered into the well but didn’t know how to get them out.

Acharya Drona, who was standing nearby saw all this and said , ” It is a shame that princes like you are not able to do such a small thing .” He picked up a blade of grass and shot it at the ball in the well. The blade got stuck to the ball. Then he shot another blade, which stuck to the end of the first blade. In this way, he made a chain of grass blades, which reached the top of the well.

He then pulled out the ball with it. Then he shot an arrow at the ring in the well. The arrow sprung back, and brought the ring with it. The princes’ were very happy .

Bhishma felt that Acharya Drona was skilled enough to teach the princes archery and warfare and later made him the princes’ teacher.

By Girisha Nichani, Class 5B, AVMBW

Lessons I Learnt from Indian Mythology

India’s rich mythology has taught me many things,
Like lessons of righteousness and humanity from many queens and kings.
The stories of Ramayana taught me to Always fight for what’s right,
And that a calm attitude can always help get you out of a plight.
The stories of Mahabharata taught me that the determination of five,
Can out weight the loose wand of a hundred and even the most skilled could act naïve.
The story of Prahlad taught me to always stand up for what I believe,
And to be open minded and never give up on what I want, never to leave.
Most of all Indian mythology taught me how to be wise and brave,
And these are some lessons that I will take to my grave.

By SMRITI VARIYAR, Class 9A, AVM BE

The Guru and his Disciple

Drona, a great teacher,
He taught many legendary creatures,
Arjuna was his favourite disciple,
He liked him for his pious principle.

Drona promised him to make the best,
In any form of archery test,
One day a tribal came to drona seeking knowledge,
And requested him not to acknowledge.

The master asked for his caste,
The tribal revealed the fact atlast,
Drona told him he would only teach upper caste,
And to leave for the palace in great fast.

The tribal eklavya made an idol of his master,
And became an invisible archer,
Once drona and arjuna came to the forest,
The former considered the tribal’s archery the greatest.

Drona asked for tribal’s master,
And was surprised to see his answer,
And demanded his thumb as a gift,
Eklavya offered it as a token of great respect.

By TEJAL SHIRSAT, Class 8C, AVM BE

INDIAN MYTHOLOGY: The Way I see it

Long, long ago in the land of the gods,
There sat shiva, saraswati and the other lords.
Magnificent in their divine rule,
All are great, all are cool.

Brahma the creator of all,
Is the most mighty- stands tall.
Vishnu the preserver keeping us alive,
So that towards our goal till death we can strive.
Shiva the destroyer- he does eliminate
And helps us while the dead we cremate.

The avatars of Vishnu- all great heroes,
Totally blue- up to the tips of their nose!
Krishna and ram- naughty but brave,
For the love of their lives are like perfect slaves.

Pandavas and kauravas out for blood,
With war, India had a red flood!
Wicked shakuni playing his dice,
Tricking the pandavas with a head full of lies.

Rama shooting arrows while krishna eats butter,
With various stunts they made their mothers’ heart’s flutter.
Ganesh with his elephant head and his lust for food,
Against many trials- triumphant he stood!

Prahlad prayed to divine vishnu,
Raced hard while Hiranyakashyapu ran behind holding a shoe.
His aunt Miss Holika raged with fire,
In the end burnt herself and her glam attire.

Though ravana now resides in hell
He lives in each of our hearts, god can tell.
And though every year on dussehra we burn him,
That doesn’t make the evil in us any dim.

Even then, grandly we celebrate each festival,
Also mourning the deceased in a silent lull.
Festivals like holi and diwali also tell us,
Let the good win and the wrong lose without much fuss.

By LEELA ADDEPALLI, Class 7A, AVM BE.

THE MAHABHARATA

Once upon a time, there was a Kuru Dynasty,
The princes of the empire ,
Were brave, courageous and feisty.
Pandavas and Kauravas they were called,
Kauravas were arrogant and spoilt.
But the Pandavas had faith in the lord.

Yudhishtir, Bheem, Arjun, Nakuland and Sahadev,
Were dutiful, chivalrous and brave.
Duryodhan, dushahan, karna and shakuni,
Sowed seeds of enmity.

Draupadi, the five Pandava’s wife,
Was the actual cause of strife.
She was arrogant so,
Arjun won her with his knowledge of the bow.

But Draupadi had to be divided between the five,
So people called her many names,
which stung like bees of a hive.

Yudhishtir and Shakuni played a game of dice,
Yudhishtir lost everything,
Thanks to Shakuni’s vice.

So Draupadi was dragged into the court,
To save her dignity, sadly nobody did vote.

Draupadi, chaste even though,
For vengeanence Bheem took a vow,
“He would drink dushasan’s blood
Also the hundred brothers would soon be mixed in mud.”

The brothers started the fight,
They fought with all their might.

All the Kauravas were dead,
As their grandsire lay on his death bed.
The Pandavas won the battle,
People were slaughtered like cattle.

It was a new beginning,
As the death of Shri Krishna,
Marked the kaliyug coming

By PRANITI KHURANA, Class 8C, AVM BE.

Thrice around YOUR world

One day in the Kailash Parvat
The two brothers Ganesha and Karthik had a fight
Each wanted the modaks , but none wanted to share
So they set a compromise:
To take three rounds of what they thought was their world.

So Karthik took of with his peacock around the Earth
Leaving Ganesha to think how to win
He came upon the realization that his world w not the Earth
The did everything for him, his parents.

Ganesha took three rounds of his parents
Soon he was sitting in front of a plate of modak
Upon Karthiks arrival he came to the realisation that
Ganesha had won and he had lost
Ganesha noticing his brothers disappointment
He offered him a modak amd brought him a smile.

By Kimberly Roy, Class 6A, AVM, Bandra East

LITTLE KRISHNA AND KALIYA

Once a huge black serpent called Kaliya came to live in the river Yamuna. He poisoned the water of the river with his venom. The people of Vrindavan were very scared of the serpent, who was very strong.

One day Krishna decided to teach Kaliya a lesson. He jumped into the river to kill the serpent. Kaliya was furious and rushed to attack Krishna, but before the snake could catch him Krishna quickly climbed on Kaliyas head. To shake him off, Kaliya tried to coil around Krishna and crush him. He even tried to survive under water without breathing. Eventually, Kaliya got tired. Krishna then started jumping and stamping on Kaliyas head and the serpent started vomiting poison.

Kaliya bowed and begged Krishna for forgiveness and quietly left and the people of Vrindavan rejoiced.

By DHIA SHAH, Class 4A, V.C.W ARYA VIDYA MANDIR BANDRA (EAST)

Indian Mythology — Our Traditional Connect

By AASHNA KENIA, Class 7 A, AVMBE

Indian mythology is one of the richest elements of Indian culture, which enriches it further and makes it unique in the world. Indian mythology has different stories which have been passes on from generation to generation either by word, mouth or through stories scripts. The stories vary from subtle maxim conveying tales of panchatantra and jataka to subtle life paradigm defining stories from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are considered the highest gods of Hinduism. Brahma the creator and ruler of brahmalok, Vishnu the preserver and ruler of vaikunth and Shiva the destroyer and ruler of kailash.

Lord Brahma is depicted with four heads and four arms. It is from these four heads that Vedas were divided into four parts.

Lord Vishnu is very valuable and versatile. Wherever the precious balance between god and evil is at stake Vishnu returns to earth to restore order.

Lord Shiva is regarded as limitless, transcendent, unchanging and formless. Shiva has many benevolent and fearsome forms. It is said that Shiva has interest in yoga and art and thus yoga and art have partially derived from Shiva’s interests.

Thus, we see that Indian mythology has a great connection with our tradition, culture and lifestyle. Many things we derive and learn from our fore-fathers and Indian mythology. Indian mythology has a great connection and makes Indian unique from the rest of the world!!

Ganesha and his Life’s Lessons

What is your proof for the creation of World? Isn’t it unlimited? So, the proof should be unlimited too! My evidence for the ultimate creation is God. As the world unlimited, the creator, God too is unlimited. Then why does lord Krishna have his own look? That’s because we need to worship and pray for our benefit in the future.

Mythological books produce a lot of information about our ancestors, God, etc. We can then develop the right and learn from the wrong. What does Lord Ganesha teach us? I’ll tell you!

Poor lord Ganesh only has one and half teeth while we have thirty two! Why so? This is because Ganesha was instructed to write the Mahabharata. While writing, he broke his pencil so to continue his work; he broke half of his tooth and used it as a pencil. This sacrifice tells us that we should be ready to help at any cost.

Another lesson is that he keeps a delicious Modak in his hand. In Sanskrit the word ‘modak’ means joy. This says that he gives us to keep our happiness in our own hand.

The next thing is his sitting position. Isn’t it a little weird? One leg up & one down! That’s because He conveys a message that one side of our mind should be calm while the other side should be active.

Why does he keep a mouse with him? Everyone knows that a mouse keeps nibbling on things but when he is with God, he is calm, composed and focused.

You must know that Ganesha has an elephant head and he holds a rope like thing. It is called Goad. It is used to whip elephants. He keeps it so he can control himself. This teaches us that even we should keep ourselves controlled.

See, how much do we learn from Ganesha!

By Sanaya Vakharia, Class 6B