On Jan 28th Deepanam School joined Sri M. for the walk of hope.
You may ask what is walk of hope ?Walk of Hope was a padayatra for peace and harmony by the Manav Ekta Mission which covered 7500 kms from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. Led by Sri M, founder of Manav Ekta Mission, the journey spanned 16 months through 11 Indian states, bringing together citizens from all walks of life. Traversing the varied landscape of India, it sought a significantly restored nation—fit enough to be bequeathed to our future generations.
Well I would have loved to join them but unfortunately I didn’t know about it at that time .Imagine walking for whole year from southern tip to North of India spreading the message of peace , harmony and human unity.
However I was able to participate here in Auroville. Children and teachers of Deepanam School participated in the walk which was to start from Matrimandir main gate and was to conclude at the Mosque of Rayapettai.
We started from the Matrimandir and reached the Kali Temple in kottakarai. From there we went to kottakarai plaza. Swaram gave us a grand reception with their music and provided us refreshments.The children explored the music park and Sri M visited the work shop.
From there we headed to Isai Ambalam School. School children presented songs to us.From there we visited the mosque.
Our walk concluded and each of carried the message of oneness and peace in our hearts . I truly felt blessed to be a part of the whole process.
Mamallapuram also known as Mahabalipuram or Seven Pagodas , is a town 85 kms north of Pondicherry on the Coromandal Coast (south east) of India.
It was a bustling and important sea port of the Pallavas who ruled over much of South India from as early as the first century B.C to the eighth century A.D.
At Mamallapuram ships rode at anchor bent to the point of breaking , laden as they were with wealth, big trunked elephants and gems of nine varieties in heaps.
It is now recognized as the site of some of the greatest architectural and sculptural achievements in India and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Mahabalipurmam got its name from demon mahabali.It is believed that Mahabalipuram was renamed to Mamallapuram after the Pallava King Narsimha Varman I who went by the name Mamallan because of his great wrestling skills. Pallava kings made Mahabalipuram their capital and brought new artistic styles to the culture.Another name by which Mahabalipuram has been known to mariners , at least since Marco Polo’s time is Seven Pagodas alluding to the seven pagodas that stood on the shore.only one of them survives caleed the shore temple.
The temples of Mamallapuram portray events described in the Mahabharata and show the movement from rock cut architecture to structural building.The mandapas or pavillions and the rathas or shrines shaped like chariots are monolithic -hewn from one granit rock face , while the famous Shore Temple erected half a century later is built with dressed (cut blocks) stone.
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In this day and age of video games, we teachers were skeptical as to how the children from the multicultural background, used to modern technology would react to a workshop on making traditional toys with simple household materials.But finally, we arranged it after a lot of persuasion from Deepakji who was offering the workshop.
The workshop was divided into 5 sessions of 2 hours each and the last day Deepak called hospital day where the children would mend the toys they had made if needed .
So the first session began with introduction and making of the toy which children named magical window.
The second toy was made with simple twig and paper.It was called dancing doll.
The third toy was a bit more complicated but after two days experience children were more confident.It was amazing to see that each toy though of the same kind was a unique creation.
The fourth day was board game time.We made an ancient Bagh Bakri that involves 20 counters characterized as bakri or goats and 4 counters as bagh (tiger).It is a strategic hunting game where the tigers have to kill as many goats as they can while moving forward two steps in any direction.And goats have to trap tigers from all sides.This game ends only when the tigers have captured all the goats or if the goats are successful in trapping all the tigers and hence, they are unable to move.
Children made their own plus we made a huge board on the floor and counters.The room was abuzz with children and adults keenly playing the game.Deepak did not give away the rules so children could actually decide for themselves and come up with different innovative ideas and strategies.
There was a lot of scope for creativity and imagination as the toys were named by children themselves and there were objects to draw and paint.It was an amazing experience both for students as well as teachers.We experienced the joy and wonder a simple toy can offer.
I went to Buddha Garden on Wednesday with my classmates. It was not my first time to do gardening. I used to do gardening in Korea with my family. I wanted to challenge again and experience more things. That’s why I decided to join gardening.
I’ve been wondering what we were going to do on our first day and I thought it would be very hard. We did weeding, planting, and carrying the stuffs for gardening. My favo
rite work was planting pumpkins. I like planting, because my mind is really happy when I plant something by myself and I feel that I am giving a new life for a plant, whichever plant it is. Before starting planting, we had to cut all grasses and throw out rocks. It was hard to keep my position and my legs hurt a lot. And everything was interesting.
It was first day for everyone to come to Buddha Garden and we looked around the garden. I imagined the garden would be very tiny but it was extremely big than I had expected. They provide a lot of vegetables and fruits, and I was happy that I also planted pumpkins and provide one thing. I hope we do something at other place next time and I would like to do harvesting, too.
We ate breakfast there and came back to school. It was such a nice experience to do gardening, and I am looking forward for the next class. I think gardening is same as giving lives for them and I’m really joyful to do such works. I hope we have plant next time.
We visited the Eco service center on 6th September. We all went by bicycle. All of us went there to see what happens to our waste. When we reached there we met Palini,he showed us around the Eco service. I learned that the paper Auroville bakery uses can turn into compost. Palini also told us that they do not take wet waste like vegetable peelings etc. The plastic which ptdc use for the flour, rice packing are easier to recycle. The chips packets like Lays and Kurkure have seven different layers and cannot be recycled. When we finished our tour around Eco service we went back to the main office. We met a lady named kali. She asked us” what can you do to change the community?’. Everyone answered differently. Then we pledged that we wouldn’t use plastic straws for a year . After we use it once we throw them away In the sea and oceans and because of that they get stuck in the turtles nose.
We thanked them for their time and left. We learned that straws can be useful to humans and harmful for the sea creatures, we should not buy chips packet like Lays because they take a long time to get recycled.
We thank Eco service for doing fantastic work for the community.