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Holi Hai !

This is the mythological story about Indian festival Holi.
Holi is the festival of colour, which is celebrated in the month of Feb – march (Phalguna).

People celebrate Holi with colours and do bonfire.

According to the legend, once there lived a powerful demon king Hiranyakashyap, who considered himself a god and wanted everyone to worship him.

But to his disappointment, his son Prahlad was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu,

Hiranyakashyap asked Prahlad to stop praying Lord Vishnu. But Prahlad was a great devotee he refused to worship his father.

At last Hiranyakashyap planned to kill his own son.

Hiranyakashyap had one sister, her name was Holika. She had a boon to remain unscathed by fire.

Hiranyakashyap asked his sister to enter a blazing fire with Prahalad in her lap. Holika agreed to him and she took Prahalad in her lap and entered the fire.

Prahalad chanted the Lord Vishnu name and came out of the blaze unscathed, but the Holika was burnt to ashes, her boon turned to evil for her.

Lord Vishnu saved his ardent devotee Prahalad.

This festival marks the victory of good over evil.

Thus the name of the festival came from the burning of Holika…. Holi Hai … 🙂 🙂

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Birth story of Lord Ganesha 


This is a mythological tale about the birth of Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is the son of goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva.One day Goddess Parvati was going for a bath. As she didn’t want to be disturbed, she told Nandi (Lord Shiva’s Bull) to guard the door and asked him not to allow anyone to come inside the house.

Nandi said ok, and stood at the door. But when lord Shiva came home, Nandi didn’t stop him to go inside, as he was very loyal to lord Shiva.

Parvati was very angry and upset to the fact that she had no one as loyal as Nandi was to Shiva.

So she created Ganesha idol from the turmeric paste (used for bathing) and gave life to the idol using her powers and declared him as her son.

Next day when Parvati was going to take bath, she asked his son Ganesha to guard the door and let no one come inside. Ganesha took his duty and stood at the door.

When Lord Shiva came home, Ganesha said that his mother is taking bath and no one is allowed to go inside the house.

Lord Shiva was unaware about the existence of Ganesha. He got furious that an unknown boy is telling him that he could not enter his own house.

Furious Shiva asked his armed man to destroy the boy, but they all failed in front of powerful Ganesha.

Seeing this Lord Shiva decided to fight with Ganesha. During the fight, Lord Shiva severed the Ganesha head, and killed him instantly.

Goddess Parvati got very furious when she came to know about the fight between his son Ganesha and Lord Shiva.

She asked Lord Shiva to give her son back. Lord Shiva’s anger was cooled down by this time and he realised his mistake, but he was unable to join the same head to the Ganesha’s body.

So he went in search for a head. But he could not find any suitable head.

At last he found an elephant sleeping opposite to his mother elephant in different direction.

Lord Shiva took the elephant head and placed it over the Ganesha’s body and gave life to him.

And he declared Ganesha as his son and gave him the status of foremost among all the gods.

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Bhasmasur and his talent

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This is a story about a demon named Bhasmasur. He was a great devotee of Lord Shiva.

He wanted to please Lord Shiva to get a boon, so he performed very tough austerities for many years.

Lord Shiva got pleased with Bhasmasur’s austerities, and asked him for a boon”.

He asked for immortality. But Lord Shiva said “It is impossible to give such a boon, so he asked Bhasmasur to get another boon.

At that time Bhasmasur asked “If I put my right hand on anyone’s head then he or she should immediately burnt to ashes”.

Lord Shiva said Ok, and he granted the boon.

Bhasmasur was very happy; he wanted to test if his boon really works.

Bhasmasur ran towards Lord Shiva to put his right hand on Shiva’s head. He got mad with his newly found powers.

Lord Shiva got shocked to see Bhasmasur, but now he was unable to take his boon back. He ran towards Vaikuntha (Lord Vishnu Home) to get help from Lord Vishnu.

When Lord Vishnu saw Lord Shiva in a trouble, he came forward to help and turned to a beautiful lady ‘Mohini’ with his powers. He stood on Vaikuntha door and waited for Bhasmasur.

When Bhasmasur reached Vaikuntha in search of Lord Shiva, he found Mohini at the door, he got hypnotised by her beauty.

Bhasmasur was awestruck with Mohini’s beauty; he forgot Lord Shiva and he asked Mohini to Marry Him.

Mohini said “ok, but there is one condition”, if you dance just like me then I will marry you“. Bhasmasur agreed to the condition.

Mohini started to dance, she moved beautifully with different poses. As she was dancing, she put her right hand on her head.

As Bhasmasur was copying her steps, he also put his right hand on his head without thinking.

But because of his boon, he immediately burnt to ashes.

Lord Shiva was very happy to see the Bhasmasur’s end. He praised Lord Vishnu for his acumen.

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Que1 What is the moral of this story ?

Ans1. We should never misuse our talent.

Que2. Lord Vishnu turned to a beautiful lady, what was her name ?

Ans2. Mohini

Please select the correct option :

Que3. Bhasmasur put his right hand on ……. head and burnt to ashes

a.Lord Shiva   b. Lord Vishnu  c. His own

Ans3. (C) His Own

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Kanha- My Friend

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Once upon a time, a poor boy named Hari was living in a village with his mother. Hari and his mother were poor, but they always helped those who were in need.

Hari was very good in his studies. But there was no any school in his village. So every day Hari had to cross a dense forest to reach another village’s school. Lots of wild animals like lion, tiger, bear, and fox were living in that forest.

Hari was scared to cross the forest, but he wanted to study, so every day he was going through the forest.

One day, Hari told his mother, that he is very scared to cross the forest, his mother told him, that “God lives in the forest, if you call him with true heart then he will come to help you”.

Next day when Hari reach the forest, he closed his eyes and called “Kanha, O’ Kanha; where are you? I am very scared in this dense forest, please come and help me”.

At that moment, a small boy came running towards Hari. The Boy told Hari that “His name is Kanha, and he has come to help him.”

Now every day, Kanha come to help Hari to cross the forest.

One day “Hari’s teacher asked all the kids, to bring something (like sweets, snacks, food, gifts etc.) from their home to celebrate the annual day of the school.

Hari knew that his mother work hard to arrange food and school fee. They don’t have money to buy snacks, sweets or gifts.

Next day, Hari got ready for his school, but he was sad.

When he met kanha on his way; he told kanha that “his teacher asked to bring something to celebrate the annual day, but as he is very poor, he doesn’t have anything “.

Kanha said; I have lots of cows, I can give you a glass of milk, and then he gave a glass of milk to Hari.

Hari was very happy to get a glass of milk. He rushed to the school. When he reached, he saw there were lots of delicious sweets, snacks and gifts. His teacher was very busy in organising all the things.

When Hari’s friends saw his small glass of milk, they laughed on him. Hari offered the milk to his teacher, but he ignored him.

Later his teacher took the glass angrily and poured it to another bowl. The bowl got full with the milk, and the Hari’s glass was also full.

Teacher took another empty container and poured the milk from the glass. This time also the container got filled with milk, but still Hari’s glass was full.

Hari’s teacher keeps on transferring milk to different containers, but every time Hari’s glass was full of milk.

Now all the containers in the school were full of milk. All the teachers and students were surprised to see that.

Teacher asked Hari,” From where did you get this glass of Milk”?

Hari narrated the whole incident. His teacher was shocked to hear Hari’s story, he asked Hari if they can meet his friend.

Hari said that whenever he calls his friend, he comes immediately. Hari closed his eyes and then he called “Kanha! Kanha!

Kanha came immediately. But nobody was able to see him except Hari. His teachers and friends could only hear his voice.

Kanha told everyone, that he helped Hari, because he is a good and honest boy. And god always helps those, who help others.

Hari’s teacher and friends apologies and they promised to become a good human being.

Hari was very happy to have kanha as a friend and he promised that he will share the glass of milk with other needy people.

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Lord Krishna and Govardhan Hill

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This is story about Lord Krishna and the Govardhan Hill.

Every year people of Braj used to worship Lord Indra, for the Good rain and the vegetation. So this year also all people were busy in the arrangements for worship.

Krishna questioned his father Nanda, why they are doing so? His father explained that this is done every year to please Lord Indra so that he continued to grace the people of Braj by providing timely rain.

Little Krishna was not convinced with this answer; he said that we should worship Govardhan Hill and not Indra. He explained that Govardhan Hill helps to gather the clouds for the rain. It gives us lots of vegetation and medicinal herbs. It gives grass to our cattle, and cleans our air.

Nanda and all the villagers agreed to Krishna and started worshipping Govardhan Hill.

When Lord Indra found that the villagers are worshipping Govardhan Hill instead of him, he got very furious, and decided to punish them.

He sends terrible rainstorm to flood the Braj village.

The people and the cattle got frightened. Lord Krishna asked them not to worry and took them to the Govardhan Hill. He then lifted the hill on his little finger and gave shelter to all the people and cattle.

Storm continued for many days, but all the people were safe under the huge umbrella like Govardhan Hill.  Lord Indra was shocked to see how a young boy can lift a mountain. He called back all the devastating clouds.

He went to Krishna with folded hand and asked for forgiveness. His false pride was shattered. Lord Krishna forgave him.

Now the storm was stopped and the sky was clear, all the villagers were happy to have Krishna.

 

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Krishna and chickpeas

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This is a story about Sri Krishna and his friend Sudama. They both were in a same gurukul** .Everyday students used to go the forest for collecting woods, for cooking and the religious ceremonies.

One day it was a cloudy day, Sudama and Krishna was going to get the woods from the forest. Their Guru** gave some fried chickpeas to Sudama in a packet and asked him to share equally with Krishna.

After collecting woods, Krishna and Sudama were returning from forest, but suddenly it starts raining.

They both climbed on the tree and thought to wait until the rain stopped. Sudama was sitting on the highest branch of the tree and Krishna on the lower branch. Soon Sudama became hungry and started to eat the chickpeas.

Krishna heard and said, “Oh, you are eating something alone.” Sudama said “No, I am not eating anything. My teeth are chattering due to cold.”

Slowly Sudama ate all the chick peas.

After some time, Krishna asked Sudama” what happen to the chick peas ? I am hungry.”

Sudama apologies and said that he ate them by himself.

Krishna reminded Sudama that one should never eat alone but must always share food. This kind of selfishness can be a down fall of ones way of life.

Later in life Sudama faced utter poverty.

** Gurukul : In ancient times , schools were called as Gurukul and Teacher as Guru.

Activity :

Que1. What is the moral of this story ?

Ans1. We should always share things. There is much more pleasure when we share things with others.

Que2. Who ate all the chickpeas ?

Ans2. Sudama

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Lord Krishna and Kaliya the snake

This is a story about a small boy whose name was Krishna; he was living in Vrindavan with his parents.

Once he was playing ball with his friends near a river named Yamuna. While playing, their ball went to the river. Krishna was running after the ball. He immediately jumped into the river to get the ball.

A giant snake with five head named Kaliya , was living in that river. He had poisoned the water of the river with his venom. No birds or beast could go near that river.

When kaliya saw a boy in the river, he got furious and rushed to attack Krishna. But before the snake could attack him, Krishna quickly climbed on Kaliya’s head.

Krishna started jumping and stomping on Kaliya’s head and the kaliya started vomiting poison.

 Kaliya was very strong, but he was unable to catch small Krishna. And Krishna was continuously dancing on kaliya’s head.  

Ultimately Kaliya begged Krishna for forgiveness and Krishna ordered the snake to leave the Yamuna River.

Kaliya bowed his head and quietly left, and the people of Vrindavan rejoiced.

 

Activity :

Que1. What is the moral of this story ?

Ans1. Good always wins over the evil.

Que2. What was the name of river in which Kaliya snake lived ?

Ans2. Yamuna River.

Please fill in the blank :

Que3 . Kaliya had made the river water …..

a. Poisonous ,  b. Fresh

Ans3. (a) Poisonous