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.

Nov 24th Class

Beginning prayers
Gitaa chanting
  • bhagavadgItaa 14th adhyaaya 1 - 12 shlokas
Story time
  • jayadratha punished
  • kavacha kundala
  • yudhiShTira meets dharma
Ending prayers and pledge
  • sarve bhavantu sukhinaH, pUrNamadaH pUrNamidam
  • aarati and pledge - in the auditorium
Rashmi aunty and Sitaram uncle's class:

This week we did the regular prayers and giita chanting. Next we learned more of the Mahabharata. This week we started off when Jayadhrata, the king of Sindhu came to the forest and saw Draupadi. He falls in love with her and asks her to marry him. But Draupadi says that she is already married to the five Pandavaas and that she can't marry him. Jayadhrata gets furious and carries Draupadi away from the forest. Then, sage Dhaumya sees this and tries to help Draupadi but fails because the king is too powerful. When the Pandavaas come to know of this from Dhaumya, Yudhishitra stays to take care of Dhaumya's wounds while Arjuna and Bhima go after Jayadhrata.When they both catch Jayadhrata, they shave off his hair but leave five tufts around the head to punish him. Then they get Draupadi back. After this Jayadhrata does thapas to Lord Shiva. He asks for a boon to defeat the Pandavaas. Shiva says no, but he grants him a boon to defeat every pandavaa except Arjuna - once in a battle. Meanwhile Indra is planning to go to Karna as a brahmin  and ask him for his kavacha and kundala. Then the sun god appears to Karna in a dream and warns him of what Indra is planning. But Karna says I will give anyone anything they want if they ask for it. So the sun god advises Karna to ask Indra for a boon in return - the weapon, shakti. Then Indra comes and Karna gives his kavacha and kundala away. Then Indra grants him a boon and Karna gets the shakti weapon. Meanwhile in the forest, the Pandavaas hear the cry of a brahmin and rush to help him. He says that a deer took his pooja things and ran off. The group of five brothers rush off to catch the deer and soon get tired. Then Yudhishitra sends Nakula to get water. When Nakula comes to the lake, an invisible person asks him to answer some questions before he gets water. But Nakula doesn't pay attention, tries to get water and falls dead. When Nakula didn't come back Yudhishitra sent Sahadeva and the same happened to him. Then Arjuna went and then Bhima and the same happened to them. Finally Yudhishitra goes himself and finds his brothers dead. Then he answer's the invisible person's questions which are all about dharma.
Couple example questions -
What is faster than wind?  Answer - mind!
What is nectar? The answer - milk.
Then the person gets impressed and he says Yudhishitra can pick one brother to come back alive. He picks Nakula because he wanted one son of Kunti and one son of Maadri to be alive. The person gets really impressed and all of the brothers come back alive. Then everyone finds out the person is Yama Dharma raja. He gives the Pandavaas a boon and they wish that they can go unrecognized in the thirteenth year( the incognito year). The paanDavas were busy accumulating weapons and boons to help them with their life in forest and incognito, as well as for an impending war later on.
Then we did our ending prayers and ended class.

Written by Sukruthi Thunga

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