Year 2021-22

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Class Update 9/12/2021 : Ganesha & Ganesh Chaturthi

posted Sep 19, 2021, 8:32 AM by Balvihar Teachers 4A

 Friday was Ganesh Chaturthi. Keeping that in mind we started our first class with a refresher course on Lord Ganesha.
We discussed many things related to Lord Ganesha ; His family, the story of His birth, His vehicle, His accolades, shlokas related to the Lord, His importance in Hinduism, symbolism of His head, and His arms , His nicknames and their meanings
Children shared their Chaturthi experiences and their Ganesha masks ( art project) as also their Ganesha idols .

Home work for next class :
Learn the meaning of your name 
List atleast 5 additional names of Lord Ganesha 
Two stories about the mouse that became His vehicle

Please see the ppt presentation attached for review and discussion with your child.

4/11/2021 The Influence of Mughal Architecture in India

posted Apr 23, 2021, 7:15 PM by Balvihar Teachers 4A

This class was taught by our youth group teacher, Pranav.

This class covered the major influences of Mughal Empire on architecture in India throughout their reign.
Discussion also included major monuments and gardens across India , and history behind each of them.

Pranav shared beautiful pictures of many important monuments, tombs, and gardens.

3/14/2021 The Mughal Empire

posted Apr 23, 2021, 7:03 PM by Balvihar Teachers 4A

This class was taught by our Youth Group Teacher , Anoushka 
Topic : Mughal Empire
Discussion : The prominent Mughal emperors with emphasis on Akbar , his court of nine gems and the golden period of Mughal Empire

Fun Facts to explore :
Stories of Akbar and Birbal
Jodha Akbar - Bollywood movie

Please see details in the attached ppt

03/07/2021 : Culmination of Dashavatar

posted Mar 7, 2021, 9:34 AM by Balvihar Teachers 4A

Topics discussed : 9th and 10th Avatars 
9th Avatar : Two different versions discussed : Balarama and Gautama Buddha 
10th Avatar : Kalki , the Yet to Come Avatar

Discussion : 
Balarama : Birth /role and also as an avatar of Sesha Naaga version 
Story of Siddartha Gautama 
Buddhism in brief

Please see ppt attached 

Feb 14th 2021 : Shri Krishna Avatar

posted Feb 14, 2021, 9:38 AM by Balvihar Teachers 4A

Topic : Shri Krishna Avatar/ 8th avatar
Discussion : emphasis & focus on Shri Krishna's role in Mahabharatha & the Bhagavad Gita
Side Stories : The stories of Shishupala & Dantavakra ( thus ending the curse of Jaya & Vijaya )
Video : short 3 min presentation of the 8th avatar Krishna

Please see attached power point for further discussion . Also shared are youtube links for more stories.

January 17th and Feb 7th 2020 : Ramayana

posted Feb 14, 2021, 9:32 AM by Balvihar Teachers 4A

Topic : Avatar of Shri Ramachandra
Discussion : Ramayana in detail 
Emphasis : The story of King Ravana & Shri Rama 
Side Story Emphasis : The killing of Ravana & Kumbhakarna ( Jaya & Vijaya saga contd)
Video : 2 minute presentation of entire Ramayana ( unable to attach video here )

Please see the powerpoint attachment for details

Class 1/10/2021

posted Jan 10, 2021, 9:50 AM by Balvihar Teachers 4A   [ updated Jan 10, 2021, 9:52 AM ]

This was our first class of the New Year
Topic : 6th avatar Parashurama
Discussion : The story of Sudarshana Chakra and Karthaveerya Arjuna
                     Story Karthveerya Arjuna, Sage Jamadagni & Kamadenu
                     How did Parashurama get his name?
                     What was his role on earth?
                     Why is he called 'chiranjeevi' ?

Homework : Can some one really be immortal ? What may be the other meanings of the word 'chiranjeevi'?
Which characters in Hindu Mythology are considered Chiranjeevis ? 

Please see attached ppt on Parashurama for review.

class 12/13/2020 Quiz on the first 5 avatars

posted Dec 13, 2020, 9:58 AM by Balvihar Teachers 4A

The youth group teachers put together a wonderful, fun, entertaining and educational quiz for the kids today.
They played Kahoot, and we could see the children thoroughly enjoyed it :-)
The quiz was a review of all the avatars that have been taught so far. 
Every one was a winner !

We also had a parents meeting to discuss our upcoming Republic Day presentation. 
Please see uploaded ppt presentation for the details. 

The student assigments were shared by email and will also be posted on WhatsApp

Class 12/6/2020 Vamana Avatar

posted Dec 6, 2020, 9:54 AM by Balvihar Teachers 4A

Topic  : 5th avatar /  Dashavatar : Vamana ( The Dwarf) 

Discussion :
Identification of Vamana 
the story of King Bali and his generosity but the fault of his pride which brings Vishnu to earth 
the devotion of King Bali towards Lord Vishnu and vice versa 

Side stories : *
Onam : King Bali celebrated in Kerala
Balipadyami: KingBali celebrated during Diwali
The story behind Rakshabandhan ( the children loved discussing their experiences with this beautiful and loved festival )

* We are aware there are multiple variations to any one story in our mythology. Please feel free to discuss any other story or variation of a story that you may know, with your children. The more they know, the better it is :-)

Class 11/22/2020 : Narasimha Avatar

posted Dec 6, 2020, 9:46 AM by Balvihar Teachers 4A

This class was taught by our youth teacher, Aneesh.

Topic : 4th avatar / Dashavatar : Narasimha 

Discussion : 
Review of the story of Jaya and Vijaya
Review the story of Hiranyaksha
The story of Prahlad , Hiranyakashipu & Narasimha in detail

Additional side stories discussed : Holika & the story behind the festival of Holi

Please see the attached presentation for further details and discuss with your child for more information.

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