Resources to support Primary Hinduism Textbook

 

Chapter 1

Symbols to download and colour

 

Om

 

Swastika

 

Lotus

 

Tilaks

Different Shaped Marks for the Forehead

 

 

Listening to Hindu words: (Disable active X control on your computer for this to work)

 

Pronunciations: Key Hindu words can be heard by moving the mouse over some of the words at the bottom of each Hinduism for Schools web-pages

 

Pronunciations: Move the mouse over the words at  Glossary with sound link

 

Chapter 2

Images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses to download and colour

 

Vishnu

 

Lakshmi

 

Chapter 3

Ways to Dress up as Hindu Characters:

v    Visit a local sari shop and buy some colourful sari material (Each sari is normally 5 yards long).

v    This can then be cut into different sizes to go around the waist; over the shoulders or as a head-dress, or sown into a gown.

v    Each sari can be cut into three smaller saris that can be worn by girls (If possible ask a Hindu mother to help)

v    Buy and wear some brightly coloured costume jewellery

v    Make and wear crowns using cardboard, colour paper, glitter and paint

v   Colour in and cut out the stencils below to make masks of Ganesh and Hanuman. You may have to download the images then enlarge them to an appropriate size and then print them out. Glue them to cardboard and cut out the eyes and nose parts and make holes on both sides to fasten string or rubber band to go round the back of the head.

 

Ganesh Mask

 

Hanuman Mask

 

 

Links to Religious Music:

Audio Music Downloads

Music India Online

 

 

Chapter 4

 

The Game of Moksha

-         Download and print the board-game below with instructions

-         You will need a dice and playing pieces

 

[The Board and rules will be uploaded in a short time]

 

Chapter 5

Visiting a Hindu Temple

We recommend taking school children to the Neasden temple as it is well organized to cater for school parties. Details:   Swaminarayan Neasden Temple

To find out about other local temples, click on National Council of Hindu Temples

Note: Check carefully the requirements relating to dress code and food items that can be carried to temple premises.

 

 

Simulating a puja ceremony:

Ask Hindu parents to help with materials and imagery

He will be able to find a picture of a Hindu God or Goddess

Place this on a raised platform and decorate it with flowers

Offer fruit and other food

For safety reasons do not light any lamps or incense

Play appropriate Hindu devotional music

Tinkling a little bell can be used to simulate worship

Arati ceremony may be carried out without lighted lamps by waving a plate with flowers clockwise in front of the deity

The arati plate can be passed round so that people can cup their hands over it to receive blessings

The fruit and food offered can be distributed as prashad after the ceremony

Caution: Carrying out worship ceremony in schools is a sensitive subject so please consult Hindu parents and other non-Hindu parents before taking on this activity

 

 

Celebrating Diwali

Diwali is a festival that celebrates the return of Rama and Sita from exile. They returned in the middle of the night. The people of the city used lots of oil lamps to light up the whole city. Diwali means a row of lights. It is a festival of lights. It signals victory of good (light) over evil (darkness).

v    If possible involve Hindu parents to organize Diwali celebration

v    Use images of Rama and Sita and decorate them with flowers

v    For safety reasons do not use oil lamps but make use of other lighting as appropriate. Small battery operated ‘Diwa’ or lamps can be bought from Indian shops.

v    Celebrating festival would require:  Wearing colourful clothes and organizing a feast with Indian snacks and sweets. Appropriate devotional music can be played.

Children can be read story of Rama and Sita. They may be encouraged to perform a short play depicting Rama & Lakshman (Rama’s brother) fighting the evil Ravana who had ten heads. Rama was helped by Hanuman (the monkey-God). Then Rama, Sita, Laxman and Hanuman returning back to their city on the night of Diwali with people cheering them.    

 

 

Preparing a Hindu Sweet:

Recipe for Pyasam

Ingredients:

·         1/2 a measuring cup rice

·         1/4 teaspoon ghee (or butter)

·         2 to 3 cups of milk

·         1 cup of water

·         5 to 6 threads of saffron

·         1/2 a cup shredded almonds

·         1 nicely grounded cardamom

·         one cup condensed sweet milk

Preparation:

1.     Fry the rice in ghee (or butter) in a pan on low heat until it gains a white colour. (this may take one or two minutes)

2.     Reduce heat, add milk and water to the mixture and cook until done. (this may take about 15 minutes. The best way to check is to see if the rice grains are fully cooked and have turned soft).

3.     Pour the condensed milk slowly while stirring the mixture on low heat until it blends with the cooked rice. (this may take five minutes)

4.     Add shredded almonds and cardamom and stir. Turn off the heating and dissolve the saffron in the mixture. Stir it once again and leave it aside for a while before eating.

5.     Serve warm. 

A quicker way of producing pyasam: Open a tin of rice-pudding. While heating the ingredients, add some shredded almonds, ground cardamom and a few strands of saffron. This will turn the ordinary rice-pudding into an exotic tasting Indian sweet : )

 

Chapter 7

Cycle of Life Poster to print out and colour

 

The Game of Moksha

[See Chapter 4 above]

 

 

Chapter 10

 

Links to view Hindu creative art:

Hindu Universe

Goddess Gallery

Krishna Gallery

 

 

Links to hear expressive music and Sanskrit recitation:

Bhajans and Sanskrit Chanting

 

 

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