Recreating a story on paper

Recreating a story on paper

All merciful Jagganath

As we continue to explore the sweet pastimes of Lord Jagganath of Puri – we find new avenues of expression and communication.

Just last week, we did the story of Padma – a devotee girl who sang the ‘Geeta Govind’ prayers by Jaydev so beautifully that Lord Jagganath jumped of the altar and came to listen to her song. While Padma picked eggplants in her garden, singing the song, Lord Jagganath followed her around. The Lord was so absorbed in the prayers that He was unaware of His clothes catching in the thorns and tearing. He lost his top cloth (uttariya or shoulder cloth) there too.
Finally, when Padma finished her song, Lord Jagganath returned to the altar. When the priests opened the curtains the next day, they were quite alarmed to see the Lord in such disarray. The Lord then informed them about the incident and requested that Padma be called to the temple every night to sing the Gita Govind prayers for Him before He was put to rest.
We recreated Padma’s garden on paper using crepe flowers and craft paper eggplants.
Padma’s garden
I then gave them little cut outs of Jagganath and Padma – The children drew and coloured in all the details. They then stuck them into the garden.
Blue Jagganath
The activity was a combination of a collage, drawing and colouring. We had a beautiful end result and everyone enjoyed it very much!
My Jagganath Art – Padma has finished picking the eggplants in this one
Padma has just started collecting eggplants in this one :)

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About the Author: Shweta Shetty
Suvarna Radhika Devi Dasi (Shweta Patil) has been practising Krishna Consciousness for over 15 years now. A qualified software engineer and Bharat Natyam Dancer, she has now ventured into the field of early childhood education. She has completed a certification in child care and is applying her spiritual and academic experiences to create a unique Vedic training program for children in Melbourne.

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