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Ganesh Chaturthi 2014

By NHSF (UK) Learning Team

29th August 2014 (4 Bhaadrapada in the Hindu Calender)

Ganesh Chaturthi also known as ' Vinayak Chaturthi' or ' Vinayak Chavithi' is celebrated by Hindus around the world as the birthday of Ganeshji. It is observed during the month of Bhaadrapada.

Ganeshji is the Lord of good fortune who provides prosperity, wisdom and success. He is the Lord of beginnings and the remover of obstacles of both material and spiritual kind. He is also considered to be a patron of the arts and sciences and of the letters.


Krsna Janmashtami 2014

Madhav Dave - NHSF (UK) Learning Team

17th August 2014 (Shraavana Vad 8)

Krsna Janmashtami or Gokulastami is the Jayanti or appearance day of Lord Shri Krsna, the eighth of avatara of Lord Visnu. Observed on the eighth day (Astami) of the dark half of the month of Shravan, this festival is widely celebrated across India since Shri Krsna is one of the most well recognised and worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon of Gods. Under the constellation of Rohini, the Lord incarnated to fulfil His purpose as described in the Bhagavad Gita 4.7/8:

yada yada hi dharmasya 
glanir bhavati bharata (7)

sambhavami yuge yuge (8)

Meaning: “whenever there is a decline in Dharma and evil predominates, I incarnate to vanquish evil and re-establish dharma”.


Raksha Bandhan 2014

NHSF (UK) Learning Team

10th August 2014 (Shraavana Sud 15)

Raksha Bandhan stirs up one of the deepest emotions in people – the steadfast and chaste bond of love between the brother and the sister. Raksha means ‘to protect’ and Bandhan means ‘binding’, hence signifying the sister tying the Rakhi around her brothers wrist as a symbol of love and a bond of protection. This love and protection is mutual and not just one-sided, as is stereotypically believed.

There are many origins of Raksha Bandhan, which narrate the tying of the Rakhi as a bond of protection. However, the sister-brother relationship highlighted by the Rakhi goes far beyond the protection of the sister from her brother. It implies the basic element of a cordial life where all members of society look upon themselves as brothers and sisters:

|| Vasudeva Kutumbakum – The Whole World is One Family (Mahopanishad  VI.71-73) ||


Guru Purnima 2014

NHSF (UK) Schools Team

Shyam Lakhani & Rajiv Kotecha

Guru Purnima

गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुर्गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः । गुरुरेव परं ब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥१॥ 

‘Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru devo Maheswara. Guru shakshat, param Brahma, tasmai Shri Guruvay namah’ 

The Day :   

On a day when the Hindu Community celebrates its revered spiritual, educational and inspirational leaders we pay homage to the importance of the day. We aim to learn,  understand and appreciate the value the day of  Guru Purnima brings. 

The Ethos : 

The day traditionally falls within the month of Ashadh (July-August). Hindus refer to this day as Guru Purnima, (Sometimes also called Vyasa Purnima). On this day, devotees offer puja (worship) to their Guru. Guru Purnima acknowledges the might of ones teacher or Guru through respect and reverence. The occasion is celebrated in memory of the great sage Vyasa whom it is believed was born on this day.