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

“Indian Mythology” Our Culture Our Tradition!

Myths and legends are an integral part of human existence. The stories range from horrors to legends and from legends to epics. One of the most interesting mythologies is the “Indian mythology”.   Every mythology story has something very important to learn and use it in our daily life.

Indian mythology dates back to when the first hymns of “Rig Veda” were composed. That means our grandparents tell us stories that are really ancient! The hymns of “Rig Veda” are the first and freshest expression of the sense of beauty and gladness awakened in the Aryan Race by the charms and bounty of nature. What began as a celebration of natural elements such as “Air, Water & Fire” was converted into the worship of Cosmic Elements and thus formed the Triad of the early Vedic Gods Agni; Vayu and Surya. Agni as we all know is “Fire”; Vayu is “Air” and Surya is the “Sun”.

In the late Vedic period our two most famous epics were compiled; The Ramayana & The Mahabharata. These two epics came from the late Vedic period and are shared by hundred and thousands of grandparents to their grandchildren across India even now! Isn’t that something to ponder on! The messages given in these epics still continue to shape and reshape values that we hold dear to our heart.

The “Rigveda” contains several mythological and poetical accounts of the origin of the world, hymns praising the gods, and ancient prayers for life, prosperity, etc. Some of its verses are still recited as Hindu prayers, at religious functions and other occasions, making it probably the world’s oldest religious texts.

I am proud of the “Indian Mythology”.

By Simran Khatri, Class 5B, 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

My Favourite Stories

By Shikhar Agarwal, Class 3C, AVMBW

Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh
Tales I have heard many.
Chotta Bhim, little Krishna, Bal Ganesh
Are Cartoons loved by one and many.
 
Interesting fables and stories
Have passed on through ages
Indian wisdom so pure
Told by my Granny!
 
Indian mythology so big n lovely
Is a storehouse of morals and values
I love to read, listen and watch,
All about my favourite Gods!

RAMAYANA ~ True Indian Mythology

By Anagha V Giri, Class 7C, AVMBW

To Ayodhya’s great King Dashrath,
Was born a princely boy,
who was destined to bring to his subjects
great happiness and joy.
 
At oral lessons, due to his memory,
he was undoubtedly the best,
at sword fighting and horse riding,
he excelled among the rest.
 
King Janak’s daughter Sita,
rose up from inside the earth,
Throughout his whole kingdom,
spread happiness and mirth.
 
Sita grew up to be humble,
softspoken and kind,
King Janak decided that for her,
a worthy suitor he must find.
 
At Sita’s swayamvara,
Rama looked at Sita first,
and then cracked Shiva’s mighty bow
with one percussive rebounding burst!
 
Sadly, for them, “Happily ever after”
was not at all to be,
“Straight to the forest”  was for them,
Lakshman,she and he.
 
For an old hag, a maid of Kaikeyi’s,
who was really mean, sly and vile,
Kept troubling the queen, saying ‘Give the throne
to Bharat! And send Ram – Lakshman to exile!’
 
She poisoned Kaikeyi’s mind, till the queen
ordered Dashrath to do so,
And he agreed with a heavy heart,
watched Ram, Lakshman and Sita go.
 
He died of course, which only shows,
He should not have let them go.
 
In the forest, Sita was kidnapped,
by Ravan, who wouldn’t give her back,
for he was proud and haughty ,
and thus ensued a war.
 
Mythology isn’t superstition,
it’s stories, you can find ’em,
Diwali, Dusshera, all of these have

The Ramayan’s stories behind ’em.

Hanuman The Devotee Of Lord Ram

By Krish Chandndani, Class 5C, AVMBW

RamJi was the rescuer of Sita ,
HanumanJi the monkey faced God could run faster than a cheetah.
RamJi killed Ravan,
HanumanJi’s father’s name was Pavan.
 
RamJi was sharing and caring,
HanumanJi, For RamJi was very daring.
One of the incarnation of Lord Vishnu was RamJi ,
To save lakshman , HanumanJi picked up a mountain with many trees.
 
For RamJi ,HanumanJi could give his life,
He proved it by rescuing RamJi’s wife.

Demon King Hiranyakashyap and his son Prahlad

By Tanaya Ranade, 5B, AVMBW

Hiranyakashyap the mighty demon king,
wanted his praise even above God
He wished all habitats of his kingdom
should worship him instead of the Lord.

Performing penance for Lord Brahma
he acquired all the magical powers.
Brahma got pleased with his austerities
and a boon of his choice, he offered.

O Lord! best giver of blessings
‘grant me the benediction that I desire.
Let me not meet the death from human
any insect or animal or any other .

Not inside or outside of any house,
neither on land nor on face of waters,
not in day light nor in darkness of night,
not by any of tools and weapon either.

Give me benediction I do not have rival
I must have lordship over all entities.’
He also got all the mystical powers and
to preside over all demons and deities.

Child Prahlad, his son gradually became
devotee of God making his father annoyed.
Angry Hiranyakashyap attempted to kill him
challenging, ‘to protect you call your God.’

The child was protected from all demonic attempts
by Lord Vishnu and his mystical powers.
This time tied with a pillar to be surely killed
for not accepting supremacy of his father.

With half of human body and half as lion
in form of Narsimha Lord Vishnu appeared.
In the twilight, neither the day nor night
put on his thighs, into him his nails pierced

God saved his devotee and the demon was killed
The way boon of Lord Brahma too, was fulfilled.

Krishna’s Little Finger

Ranveer Lala, Class 5B, AVMBW

The people of Vrindavan workshipped Indra, the god of rain. Indra was very proud and arrogant and so Krishna decided to teach him a lesson.

One day, he told the people that instead of worshipping Indra, they should worship the Govardhan Mountain and its forests on which their livelihood depended.

The people of Vrindavan obeyed Krishna and stopped worshipping Indra. Indra became angry and decided to punish them.

He called upon the clouds, which were under his control and asked them to rain continuously over Vrindavan. The people were terrified by the heavy rains and thought that the flood would destroy their village and they would all die. People ran to Lord Krishna.

Krishna lifted the Govardhan mountain entirely on the little finger of his left hand. He held the mountain like an umbrella for seven days and seven nights over the people of Vrindavan .

At last, Indra realised his mistake and was ashamed. He asked the clouds to stop raining and apologised to Krishna.

Source of the Gita: Interesting facts about HOW it was written.

By Siya Jumani, Class 7A,   AVM Bandra West

We all know that the Gita comes from the Mahabharata, India’s greatest epic. There was a great sage named Vyasa.  Once, the sage Vyasa was deeply inspired to write an epic, but he found that it was impossible for him to write down the whole epic. So he prayed to Brahma, the Creator.

Vyasa prayed to Brahma the Creator, who descended in human form. The sage said to Brahma, “Please send me someone who can write down what I say.” Brahma said, “Well, there is only one person on Earth who can do that, and that is Ganapati. You invoke him and then he can take down your dictation.” So he invoked Ganapati, the son of Lord Shiva.

Ganapati agreed to write on one condition. The condition was that Vyasa would not pause; he needed to dictate continuously, without interruption. If not, then Ganapati would leave him. Vyasa consented and said, “Now, I also want to dictate to you on one condition, and that condition is, that unless and until you know the meaning of what I dictate you will not write. You have to wait and ask me if there is anything that you do not comprehend.” Vyasa was very clever. He thought that he would use complex sentences and it would take time for Ganapati to understand them, and in the meantime he would be able to get more inspiration and get ready for dictation. Thus, the Mahabharata was composed.

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.