Ganesha Chaturthi

Purpose

  • To understand the importance of Lord Ganesha’s Puja
  • To become aware of the message that Lord Ganesha (significance) stands for in our life
  • To understand the value of and thereby encourage collective participation of socio-religious events
  • To get acquainted with our tradition and culture
  • To facilitate students to know, to celebrate, to share, to appreciate in a spirit of togetherness

Outcomes

  • Develop knowledge about GaneshaChaturti and the significance of the festival
  • Appreciate our culture and tradition
  • Participate in group activities which facilitates involvement with other children
  • Develop skills

Lord Ganesha

Lord Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati. He is the brother of Sri Karthikeya. Sri Ganesha is the Lord of Knowledge and Wisdom. He grants Siddhi (Achievement, Success, Victory) and Buddhi (Knowledge, Wisdom). He is Vigneshwara, the One who removes the obstacles in our life’s journey. He is Aadipujitha, the One who is worshipped “first” before undertaking any program or event. He is also the Lord of all Art-forms. GaneshaChaturthi is celebrated on the fourth day of the bright fortnight in the month of Bhadrapada.

CLASS ACTIVITY PREPARATION DETAILS
Class 1 & 2 Setting up the Altar for Puja Lord Ganesha’s idol or picture, simple rangoli, peetam, haldi-kumkum, flowers, akshata, durva grass, cotton gejje-vastra, deepa, dhoopa, naivedya, arati Class teacher along with few volunteers can keep the Altar ready.
Invocation /Prayer
  1. Slokas or Stotras to be chanted (collectively or one can lead & the others can follow).
  2. Chanting of “Om Gam GanapatayeNamaha”
    (11 times).
Children should be in traditional & ethnic attire. They should be made to sit down (carpet/mats may be provided). For collective chanting a copy of the Slokas or Stotra may be provided to the students & the chanting taught to them a few days earlier. Slokas & Stotras are provided in the Appendix-1. Teacher can chose the Slokas depending on the children in their respective class.
Importance of Ganesha Puja & What we can learn from Ganesha A big picture of Lord Ganesha for demonstration What does Ganesha stands for & why we should worship Him:
A few points on the meaning of His Name, His Form & His Qualities can be shared with the children. It can be made into an interactive session. Teacher can pick up a few points depending on the class, age of the children & time permitted. Material can also be given to children a few days earlier and a quiz or Q/A session can also be conducted. Details are given in Appendix-2.
Bhajan Session Bhajan (3-4 mins) accompanied with tala (cymbals, gejje – optional) Teacher or a child can lead the Bhajan. If possible in 2 or 3 speed-modes. Because of the rthymn& musical rendering, Bhajan gives the children a more joyful feeling of what is collective participation. Simple bhajans are provided in Appendix-3
Story-session Story-telling (5-6 mins) Simple rendering of a Story related to Ganesha either by the teacher or a child. If there is moral/message associated with the story, it should be highlighted. A story can be chosen, characters assigned to children & enacted also. Stories have been shared in Appendix -4.
Naivedya&Arati Sweets or fruits for Naivedya&Arati to be kept ready. A little flowers/flower petals to be given to each child (akshata also – optional). Teacher will offer naivedya& perform arati& show it to the children. Children will take the arati from wherever they are sitting. The children will then come in an organized way & offer the flowers at the Altar (Pushpanjali) & offer their prostrations to the Lord. This will give them a sense of participation. Prasad to be distributed at the end of the session.
Activity: Colouring Outline of Picture of Ganesha& Pictures related to Ganesha. Colouring material Children to participate in picture-colouring. Refer Appendix 5. A competition can also be organized (with prizes).
CLASS ACTIVITY PREPARATION DETAILS
Class 3 & 4 Setting up the Altar for Puja Lord Ganesha’s idol or picture, simple rangoli, peetam, haldi-kumkum, flowers, akshata, durva grass, cotton gejje-vastra, deepa, dhoopa, naivedya, arati Class teacher along with few volunteers can keep the Altar ready.
Invocation /Prayer
  1. Slokas or Stotras to be chanted (collectively or one can lead & the others can follow).
  2. Chanting of “Om Gam GanapatayeNamaha”
    (11 times).
Children should be in traditional & ethnic attire. They should be made to sit down (carpet/mats may be provided). For collective chanting a copy of the Slokas or Stotra may be provided to the students & the chanting taught to them a few days earlier. Slokas & Stotras are provided in the Appendix-1. Teacher can chose the Slokas depending on the children in their respective class.
Importance of Ganesha Puja & What we can learn from Ganesha A big picture of Lord Ganesha for demonstration What does Ganesha stands for & why we should worship Him:
A few points on the meaning of His Name, His Form & His Qualities can be shared with the children. It can be made into an interactive session. Teacher can pick up a few points depending on the class, age of the children & time permitted. Material can also be given to children a few days earlier and a quiz or Q/A session can also be conducted. Details are given in Appendix-2.
Bhajan Session Bhajan (3-4 mins) accompanied with tala (cymbals, gejje – optional) Teacher or a child can lead the Bhajan. If possible in 2 or 3 speed-modes. Because of the rthymn& musical rendering, Bhajan gives the children a more joyful feeling of what is collective participation. Simple bhajans are provided in Appendix-3
Story-session Story-telling (5-6 mins) Simple rendering of a Story related to Ganesha either by the teacher or a child. If there is moral/message associated with the story, it should be highlighted. A story can be chosen, characters assigned to children & enacted also. Stories have been shared in Appendix -4.
Naivedya&Arati Sweets or fruits for Naivedya&Arati to be kept ready. A little flowers/flower petals to be given to each child (akshata also – optional). Teacher will offer naivedya& perform arati& show it to the children. Children will take the arati from wherever they are sitting. The children will then come in an organized way & offer the flowers at the Altar (Pushpanjali) & offer their prostrations to the Lord. This will give them a sense of participation. Prasad to be distributed at the end of the session.
Activity: Colouring, Sketching, Painting Outline of Picture of Ganesha& Pictures related to Ganesha. Colouring material Children to participate in picture-colouring. Refer Appendix 5. A competition can also be organized (with prizes).
CLASS ACTIVITY PREPARATION DETAILS
Class 5 & 6 Setting up the Altar for Puja Lord Ganesha’s idol or picture, simple rangoli, peetam, haldi-kumkum, flowers, akshata, durva grass, cotton gejje-vastra, deepa, dhoopa, naivedya, arati Class teacher along with few volunteers can keep the Altar ready.
Invocation /Prayer
  1. Slokas or Stotras to be chanted (collectively or one can lead & the others can follow).
  2. Chanting of “Om Gam GanapatayeNamaha”
    (11 times).
Children should be in traditional & ethnic attire. They should be made to sit down (carpet/mats may be provided). For collective chanting a copy of the Slokas or Stotra may be provided to the students & the chanting taught to them a few days earlier. Slokas & Stotras are provided in the Appendix-1. Teacher can chose the Slokas depending on the children in their respective class.
Importance of Ganesha Puja & What we can learn from Ganesha A big picture of Lord Ganesha for demonstration What does Ganesha stands for & why we should worship Him:
A few points on the meaning of His Name, His Form & His Qualities can be shared with the children. It can be made into an interactive session. Teacher can pick up a few points depending on the class, age of the children & time permitted. Material can also be given to children a few days earlier and a quiz or Q/A session can also be conducted. Details are given in Appendix-2.
Bhajan Session Bhajan (3-4 mins) accompanied with tala (cymbals, gejje – optional) Teacher or a child can lead the Bhajan. If possible in 2 or 3 speed-modes. Because of the rthymn& musical rendering, Bhajan gives the children a more joyful feeling of what is collective participation. Simple bhajans are provided in Appendix-3
Story-session Story-telling (5-6 mins) Simple rendering of a Story related to Ganesha either by the teacher or a child. If there is moral/message associated with the story, it should be highlighted. A story can be chosen, characters assigned to children & enacted also. Stories have been shared in Appendix -4.
Naivedya&Arati Sweets or fruits for Naivedya&Arati to be kept ready. A little flowers/flower petals to be given to each child (akshata also – optional). Teacher will offer naivedya& perform arati& show it to the children. Children will take the arati from wherever they are sitting. The children will then come in an organized way & offer the flowers at the Altar (Pushpanjali) & offer their prostrations to the Lord. This will give them a sense of participation. Prasad to be distributed at the end of the session.
Activity: Colouring, Sketching and Painting. Clay model making Outline of Picture of Ganesha& Pictures related to Ganesha. Colouring & other material to be provided Children to participate in picture-colouring, sketching and painting. Refer Appendix 5. Children can make clay model of Ganesha, paint and decorate them. A competition can also be organized (with prizes).
Feed-back Material for feed-back to be provided. Children should be informed earlier of the feedback. They can be asked to prepare a 2-min talk on Ganesha/any special incident linked with Ganesha or Ganesha-temple visit. Children can write or an audio-record their experiences of how they felt & what they learnt from the entire Ritual. Their talk on Ganesha/Temple visit can also be recorded and finally a collage or an audio/video of the session can be posted or uploaded.
CLASS ACTIVITY PREPARATION DETAILS
Class 7 & 8 Setting up the Altar for Puja Lord Ganesha’s idol or picture, simple rangoli, peetam, haldi-kumkum, flowers, akshata, durva grass, cotton gejje-vastra, deepa, dhoopa, naivedya, arati Class teacher along with few volunteers can keep the Altar ready.
Invocation /Prayer
  1. Slokas or Stotras to be chanted (collectively or one can lead & the others can follow).
  2. Chanting of “Om Gam GanapatayeNamaha”
    (11 times).
Children should be in traditional & ethnic attire. They should be made to sit down (carpet/mats may be provided). For collective chanting a copy of the Slokas or Stotra may be provided to the students & the chanting taught to them a few days earlier. Slokas & Stotras are provided in the Appendix-1. Teacher can chose the Slokas depending on the children in their respective class.
Importance of Ganesha Puja & What we can learn from Ganesha(Teacher or Guest Speaker) A big picture of Lord Ganesha for demonstration. Guest Speaker to be invited (optional). What does Ganesha stands for & why we should worship Him:
A few points on the meaning of His Name, His Form & His Qualities can be shared with the children. It can be made into an interactive session. Teacher can pick up a few points depending on the class, age of the children & time permitted. Material can also be given to children a few days earlier and a quiz or Q/A session can also be conducted. Details are given in Appendix-2.
Bhajan Session Bhajan (3-4 mins) accompanied with tala (cymbals, gejje – optional) Teacher or a child can lead the Bhajan. If possible in 2 or 3 speed-modes. Because of the rthymn& musical rendering, Bhajan gives the children a more joyful feeling of what is collective participation. Simple bhajans are provided in Appendix-3
Story-session Story-telling (5-6 mins) Simple rendering of a Story related to Ganesha either by the teacher or a child. If there is moral/message associated with the story, it should be highlighted. A story can be chosen, characters assigned to children & enacted also. Stories have been shared in Appendix -4.
Naivedya & Arati Sweets or fruits for Naivedya&Arati to be kept ready. A little flowers/flower petals to be given to each child (akshata also – optional). Teacher will offer naivedya& perform arati& show it to the children. Children will take the arati from wherever they are sitting. The children will then come in an organized way & offer the flowers at the Altar (Pushpanjali) & offer their prostrations to the Lord. This will give them a sense of participation. Prasad to be distributed at the end of the session.
Activity: Painting, Sketching & Clay-model making, Quiz-competition, Writing Competition… Picture of Ganesha& Pictures related to Ganesha. Sketching & Painting Material & for Clay-model making to be provided. Material for Quiz, Writing… Children to participate in sketching & painting. Clay Model-making accompanied by painting & decorating. A competition can also be organized (with prizes). Quiz competition (Multiple Choice or Match the following) is also an alternative. Writing Competition on a given theme is another alternative.
Feed-back Writing Material, Short talk on Ganesha or a visit to Ganesha temple, Any incident especially connected to Lord Ganesha Children can write or audio-record their experiences of how they felt & what they learnt from the entire Ritual. Their talk on Ganesha/Temple visit can also be recorded and finally a collage/report or an audio/video of the session can be posted or uploaded.
CLASS ACTIVITY PREPARATION DETAILS
Class 9 & 10 Setting up the Altar for Puja Lord Ganesha’s idol or picture, simple rangoli, peetam, haldi-kumkum, flowers, akshata, durva grass, cotton gejje-vastra, deepa, dhoopa, naivedya, arati Class teacher along with few volunteers can keep the Altar ready.
Invocation /Prayer
  1. Slokas or Stotras to be chanted (collectively or one can lead & the others can follow).
  2. Chanting of “Om Gam GanapatayeNamaha”
    (11 times).
Children should be in traditional & ethnic attire. They should be made to sit down (carpet/mats may be provided). For collective chanting a copy of the Slokas or Stotra may be provided to the students & the chanting taught to them a few days earlier. Slokas & Stotras are provided in the Appendix-1. Teacher can chose the Slokas depending on the children in their respective class.
Importance of Ganesha Puja & What we can learn from Ganesha. This activity can be treated as a talk by a guest speaker. A big picture of Lord Ganesha for demonstration. Guest Speaker to be invited for the talk on the specific topic. What does Ganesha stands for & why we should worship Him:
A few points on the meaning of His Name, His Form & His Qualities can be shared with the children. It can be made into an interactive session. Teacher can pick up a few points depending on the class, age of the children & time permitted. Material can also be given to children a few days earlier and a quiz or Q/A session can also be conducted. Details are given in Appendix-2.
Bhajan Session Bhajan (3-4 mins) accompanied with tala (cymbals, gejje – optional) Teacher or a child can lead the Bhajan. If possible in 2 or 3 speed-modes. Because of the rthymn& musical rendering, Bhajan gives the children a more joyful feeling of what is collective participation. Simple bhajans are provided in Appendix-3
Story-session Story-telling (5-6 mins) Simple rendering of a Story related to Ganesha either by the teacher or a child. If there is moral/message associated with the story, it should be highlighted. A story can be chosen, characters assigned to children & enacted also. Stories have been shared in Appendix -4.
Naivedya & Arati Sweets or fruits for Naivedya&Arati to be kept ready. A little flowers/flower petals to be given to each child (akshata also – optional). Teacher will offer naivedya& perform arati& show it to the children. Children will take the arati from wherever they are sitting. The children will then come in an organized way & offer the flowers at the Altar (Pushpanjali) & offer their prostrations to the Lord. This will give them a sense of participation. Prasad to be distributed at the end of the session.
Activity: Sketching & Drawing of Ganesha and incidents related to Ganesha. Clay-modelling. Quiz Competition, Writing Competition etc… Necessary Material to be provided/kept ready. Children to participate in sketching & painting. Clay Model-making accompanied by painting & decorating. A competition can also be organized (with prizes). Quiz competition (Multiple Choice or Match the following) is also an alternative. Writing Competition on a given theme is another alternative.
Feed-back Writing Material, Short talk on Ganesha or a visit to Ganesha temple, Any incident especially connected to Lord Ganesha Children can write or audio-record their experiences of how they felt & what they learnt from the entire Ritual. Their talk on Ganesha/Temple visit can also be recorded and finally a collage/report or an audio/video of the session can be posted or uploaded.

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