The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great pomp every year and the time of the festival is even more special for children because of the opportunity to have a lot of fun and eat sweets. This year the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated on 9th September. This festival you do not just have to keep a festival for the children but also teach them something. In Hindu mythology, Ganesha is considered a symbol of education, wisdom, knowledge, art and there can be no better teacher for children than him.
Lord Ganesha had unknowingly fought with his own father Lord Shiva to obey his mother's orders. Because of this, Lord Shiva cut off the head of Lord Ganesha. This story of Ganesh Ji shows that he never disobeyed his mother's orders in any situation. You can tell your children the very popular story of Ganesh Ji asking him and his elder brother Kartikeya Ji to make three rounds of the earth. During this, Ganesh Ji made three rounds of his parents and said that his parents are the whole world for him. This is how Ganesh Ji inspires your child to give utmost importance to their parents.
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It is also learned from this story that we should respect our parents and elders. Ganesh ji encourages creative thinking and thinking out of the box in difficult times. This also proves that physical weakness is not a hindrance in life and you can deal with every situation with your intelligence and understanding. With the ocean of knowledge, you can deal with every difficulty and situation of life. Knowledge is respected everywhere. Ganesh ji is a symbol of knowledge and power. Parents can help children with this task. Give them new games to learn and teach games like reading and crossword puzzles etc. This sharpens the mind of the children.
The broken tooth of Ganesh Ji also has a very interesting story. Ganesh Ji was to write the story of Mahabharata which had 1.8 million words and thousands of stories and sub-stories. To write this book, Ganesh Ji had made a condition that he would write without stopping. Vyas Ji was speaking the story and Ganesh Ji's pen broke. Since Ganesha had promised that he would not stop, he broke his tooth and started writing with it. If you pay close attention to Ganesha’s tales scripted in Hindu mythology, he is a patron of education, intelligence, learning, art, scribes, and wisdom. Thus, he can be a remarkable guru to our children because his tales no doubt possess a great power to impart extraordinary life lessons. Ganesh Chaturthi is a great opportunity to teach your child some of the greatest life lessons from Lord Ganesha. Before we begin with the brief lesson let us first tell your child what each part of elephant-headed Ganesha symbolizes, so that children can relate to the deity.
· Big head: Think big
· Large ears: Listen more
· Small eyes: Concentrate
· Small mouth: Talk less
· One tusk: Retain good and discard the bad
· Trunk: High efficiency and strong adaptability
Here are some life lessons for kids:
Never give up
A very important life lesson can be learned by Ganesha’s broken tusk. Narrate the interesting story of how Ganesha wrote the scripture Mahabharata, which contains 1.8 million words and hundreds of stories and sub-stories. When Vyasa approached Ganesha to pen the scripture, he happily agreed but on the condition that he would be writing without pause. Vyasa wondered if he could match the elephant god’s speed, so requested that he not write anything unless he understood its meaning. Ganesha agreed but wrote so fast that the pen broke. As per the agreement, he could not pause and not ask Vyasa to either, so he broke off his left tusk and started to write with it.
Lesson learned: Don’t break your commitment and don’t give up no matter what.
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Your parents are your world
You can narrate the famous story of Ganesha, which goes that when Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati challenged their sons Ganesha and Karthik to race around the world three times. The winner would be rewarded with a miracle fruit, which would grant them supreme knowledge and immortality. Karthik, eager to win, started off at once, Ganesha knew he wouldn’t be able to compete with Karthik’s agility due to his stout body and much slower vehicle – Mushakraj” (The Rat) – compared to the peacock his brother was riding. Ganesha put on his thinking cap, looked at his parents, and thought: “For me, my parents are my world.” Thus, Ganesha circumnavigated around Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Needless to say, Karthik lost the race, beaten wisely!
Lesson learned: While this story teaches children to respect their parents and elders, it also encourages them to be creative and think out of the box during difficult tasks. It also proves that a physical weakness should not be an obstacle in life and one can always rely on wisdom and intelligence to win against any trying circumstances. Knowledge is like holding on to a straw while drowning in an ocean. Ganesha stands for knowledge, which means power. As parents, we can help children connect with new information and encourage activities to keep them engaged, introduce new vocabulary, practice reading, and crossword puzzles, etc.
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