Happy summer break to all!! See you in September at the ashram premises, for a new balavihar year!

Check the thumbnail on the left for the video and stills from the play.

Grade 6 teachers.

Amba and Bheeshma, introducing Pandavas and Kauravas

We had a short class today as we had to be in the auditorium at 11am for a presentation of CORD (Chinmaya org for Rural Development). The CORD walkathon is on October 28th at Mercer County Park. Please register online at and participate on the 28th.
Today in Balvihar class we started off with a chapter 2 review about Bheeshma’s terrible vow.  After that we started talking about Amba and how she was rejected by all the princes. She got so mad that she went up to Bheeshma and told him,'Since nobody will marry me you will have to'. Bheeshma  could’nt break his vow so he told her he was very sorry but he could'nt since he took a vow saying he will never get married and have kids. So Amba tries again to persuade king Shalua to marry her but he wont. She goes to the forest and meditates so she can get a boon. Finally Lord Shiva gives her a boon saying in your next life you will kill bheeshma. She could'nt wait that long so she lit a fire and just walked in it. She was reborn to King Dhrupada. She saw the garland she put on the gate in her previous life and she is starting to remember she wants to kill bheeshma for the pain he has brought her. Her parents became aware that she wanted to do bad things so they kept a close eye on her. One day she escaped to the forest and started meditating. Lord Shiva again comes down and gives her boon. She turned in to a male named Shikhandi.
Prince Vichitravirya had 3 sons through Ambika and Ambalika named Dhritrashtra, Pandu and Vidhura. Dhritrashtra was an able warrior but was born blind. He married Gandhari and had 100 sons and 1 daughter. They were called the Kauravas. Pandu married Kunti and Madri and had 5 sons called the Pandavas. Kunti also had a son Karna with the blessings of the sun God, when she was testing a secret mantra given to her by Sage Durvasa. Karna was brought up by a charioteer.
We extended our family tree and added Kauravas and Pandavas.

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