Revering Ganpati with a difference

Posted by on Sep 2, 2020 in School News | Comments Off

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in gusto and fanfare at The Indian School every year. The students of the junior classes enjoy watching and participating in the celebrations as they are introduced to the story of Ganpati, the popular God of good and auspicious tidings.

The little ones mould clay into miniature Ganpatis with their deft fingers. The idols are then painted and decorated. One bigger idol is placed upon a special bedecked mount ready to travel in a procession through the School corridors. Several miniature clay Ganpatis crafted by students are also placed aside the main idol, amidst heaps of marigold, rose and jasmine petals and a tray of sweets.

Students dressed up in ethnic attire and line up alongside the ‘rath’ armed with a mini-harmonium, mini- dholaks and manjeeras to lead the procession amidst excited cries of ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’!

Navigating through the School corridors, the procession attracts curious glances from teachers and students alike who pause and pay obeisance to the deity.

Amongst mounting excitement, the vibrant pageant culminates at the School makeshift pool where the main clay idol is immersed.

This symbolic act of immersion is our mark of respect for our precious environment and reinforces our belief that water bodies must be preserved and not polluted.

The experience is a hands- on embodiment of our timeless Sanskaars which teach us reverance for all things that we share our space with, in this case our habitat.

Due to the insurmountable challenges that the year 2020 has brought with it, the procession could not take place physically in School this year. But it certainly did in spirit!

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