Aarti Natarajan Sharma
The history of Teacher’s Day can be traced back to 1962. Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the second President of India and a Bharat Ratna awardee. His birthday was on 5th September. Dr Radhakrishnan was a philosopher and teacher alongside being a politician and was widely respected by his students. The story goes that on his birthday, his students wanted to celebrate lavishly but instead he asked them to use the day to commemorate all teachers. Since that day, 5th September every year is celebrated as Teacher’s Day in India.
This day is used to pay respects to teachers and recognise the efforts they put in with their students. Educational institutions stay open but instead of the usual classes, activities and celebrations are planned. Students make greeting cards for their teachers and give them gifts.
Teachers form the backbone of a nation. They shape young minds and are the second biggest influencers after parents. A good teacher can make learning a wonderful experience and can also bring about stability and peace in a child’s mind. What better gift to give a teacher than something which symbolises peace and mental harmony?
The Bhagavad Gita is considered to be one of the greatest spiritual and learning books of all time. The lessons it contains are relevant even in present times. The Bhagavad Gita is part of the larger epic the Mahabharata and is a dialogue between Lord Krishna and his friend and devotee, Arjun. One of the versions of the Bhagavad Gita is by Devi Chitralekha, who is known as the youngest spiritual figure in India.
This Gita comes with a hardbound cover interwoven with a gold and copper foiling. It comes encased in a beautiful wooden box with a plush maroon velvet lining inside. The text is printed in a special UV ink on a matte velvet paper and is interspersed with gorgeous illustrations and paintings by talented artists. It is considered to be very auspicious to have the Bhagavad Gita at home as it brings about spiritual peace and a sense of calmness. This makes it a perfect Teacher’s Day gift.
Lord Ganesh, the elephant headed God, is widely worshipped in India, especially before the start of anything new. Known as the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesh is known as a remover of obstacles.
The Shree Ganesh Nitya Aradhana is a collection of devotional hymns in praise of Lord Ganesh. This set consists of the following items:
- Ganesh Vandana
- Sankatnashan Ganesh Stotra
- Shree Ganesh Shatnamavali
- Shree Ganesh Chalisa
- Shree Ganesh Aarti
- Shree Ganesh Sahastranamavali
It comes encased in a beautifully curated box with a hardbound cover in a soothing golden colour, embossed with gold foiling. The text is printed in a large font on premium quality paper, to ensure its durability. The text is interspersed with gorgeous illustrations which add to its regal look. The Shree Ganesh Nitya Aaradhana is a wonderful addition to any home. It can also be personalised with a name, a special message and even a photograph.
Just as teachers remove our obstacles of ignorance, so does Lord Ganesh get rid of difficulties in any task we undertake. This set makes a beautiful gift for any teacher.