as part of their annual events, the volunteers of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS)-Sale chapter hosted a teachers day celebration (‘Shikshak Vandana utsav’) in Ashton-on-Mersey School.

Shikshak’s (Sanskrit for teachers) have a very central stage in one’s life by imparting knowledge and wisdom and removing ignorance. We owe a lot to our teachers for playing such an important part in our learning and development.

‘Vandana’ means devotional worship in Sanskrit. Shikshak Vandana is the Hindu tradition whereby the students or shishya offer respect and gratitude to their teachers or gurus.

The highlights of the day were:

1. Trafford Council deputy Mayor Cllr Rob Chilton to inaugurate the event

2. Presence of 10 teachers from various primary Schools of Sale and Altrincham

3. Balagokulam-Shakha highlights of annual activities-report card

4. Demonstration of regular Balagokulam activities like physical fitness, singing, music and talks/debates

5. Performance of Indian martial arts-Niyudh by the teenagers

6. Performance of yoga and drills by parents

7. Felicitation of the teachers by the children

8. Followed by a vegetarian feast.

The Sakhas throughout the UK are run by volunteers who work selflessly (Sewa) throughout the year. Some of the Sale Sakha Shikshaks are, Amitji, Milindji, Ajithji, Kalpanaji, Vanajaji, Raveendraji, Narayanji who are supported by a team of 20 volunteers weekly.

The first and most important informal teacher for any person is usually their mother. Shikshak Vandana is also an occasion to understand and remember the pivotal role of mothers and parents in our lives and in shaping our future.

We are grateful to all the teachers we come across our lives, you do a super job, thank you!

Kaushik Chakraborty

Hindu Faith

Altrincham Interfaith Group