Lunch & Chanting at Saraswati Vidya Kendra

photos of kindergarten tudents eating lunch at Saraswati Vidya Kendra Kumta by Arun Shanbhag

I have previously written about the mid-day school lunch at the Shanbhag High School and the primary Saraswati Vidya Kendra in Kumta. When I visited Kumta earlier this year, I took a few video snippets of students lining up for lunch and the KG students chanting the blessing.

At the Konkan schools, teachers too have a uniform saree. In the video, you see them helping. Seniors serve the lunch, while teachers help seat the kids and serve seconds.

Students chanting the blessing

|| Annapurne sadapurne shankar pran vallabhe
Gyan vairagya siddhyartham bhiksham dehim cha parvatim.

||Aham vaishvanaro bhutva praninam deham ashritaha
Prana apan sama yuktaha pachamya annam chaturvidham.

The first two lines are from the Annapurna Stuti by Adi Sri Shankaracharya; the next two are from the Bhagavad Gita, 15:14.

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