The School Weekly - 4th July 2016

The famous tourist place worth seeing around Bali is the Ranakpur Temple. It is 30km from Bali. Ranakpur is a village located in Desuri tehsil near Sadri town in the Pali district of Rajasthan in Western India. It is located between Jodhpur and Udaipur. 162 km from Jodhpur and 91 km from Udaipur, in a valley on the western side of the Aravalli Range. Along with magnificent architecture and numerous pillars, the place is also famous for large population of monkeys that live in and around the place.
Ranakpur is widely known for its marble Jain temple, said to be the most spectacular of the Jain temples.There is also a small Sun temple which is managed by the Udaipur royal family trust. The renowned Jain temple at Ranakpur is dedicated to Tirthankara Adinatha.
Local legend has it that Dharma Shah, a local Jain businessperson, started construction of the temple in the 15th century following a divine vision. The temple honors Adinath, the first Tirthankar and founder of the Jain religion. The town of Ranakpur and the temple are named after the provincial ruler monarch, Rana Kumbha who supported the construction of the temple.
Architecture that is used is entirely Western Indian architecture and is quite different from the North Indian Temple architecture. There is a connecting link between Māru-Gurjara Architecture and Hoysala Temple Architecture. In both of these styles architecture is treated sculpturally. Light colored marble has been used for the construction of this grand temple which occupies an area of approximately 60 x 62 meters. The temple, with its distinctive domes, shikhara, turrets and cupolas rises majestically from the slope of a hill. Over 1444 marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail, support the temple. The pillars are all differently carved and no two pillars are the same. It is also said that it is impossible to count the pillars. Also all the statues face one or the other statue. There is one beautiful carving made out of a single marble rock where there 108 heads of snakes and numerous tails. One cannot find the end of the tails. The image faces all four cardinal directions. In the axis of the main entrance, on the western side, is the largest image.
The temple is designed as chaumukha—with four faces. The construction of the temple and quadrupled image symbolize the Tirthankara's conquest of the four cardinal directions and hence the cosmos. The architecture and stone carvings of the temple is based on the Ancient Mirpur Jain Temple at Mirpur in Rajasthan.
The construction is well documented in a 1437 CE copper-plate record, inscriptions in the temple and a Sanskrit text Soma-Saubhagya Kavya. Inspired by a dream of a celestial vehicle, Dhanna Shah, from Ghanerao a Porwal, commenced its construction, under the patronage of Rana Kumbha, then ruler of Mewar. The architect who oversaw the project was named Deepaka. There is an inscription on a pillar near the main shrine stating that in 1439 Deepaka, an architect constructed the temple at the direction of Dharanka, a devoted Jain. When the ground floor was completed, Acharya Soma Sundar Suri of Tapa Gachha supervised the ceremonies, which are described in Soma-Saubhagya Kavya. The construction continued until 1458AD.
The temple was renovated time to time. Some famililies supported the construction of devakulikas and mandaps. The descendants of Dharanashah now mainly live in Ghanerao. The temple has been managed by the Anandji Kalyanji Pedhi trust in the past century.
Saturday, 2nd July: Welcome back readers! School observed an Activity Day. World Sports Journalists Day was observed in Assembly. Mr. Surendar Singh gave an assembly talk and made the students aware of why that day is celebrated as World Sports Journalists Day. In the first hour the four houses met and had their meeting. They discussed on the activities mentioned in the Annual Calendar for the month of July. Students of IIMUN Club met. They had discussion on the topic ‘Human Rights’. After that the classes attended Music, Art & Craft and Sports Classes. In the last hour teachers carried out Life- Skill lessons in their classes.
जो करता है योग​
उसको नही होता कोई रोग​
जो है योगी
वही है उपयोगी
योग के है अनेक प्रकार​
जो करेगा पाएगा उपकार​
जो करेगा नियमित योग
उसको मिलेगे सही भोग​
चाहे जितने हो आहत​
योग दिलाएगा राहत​
Suryaveer Singh/X/DH
It’s so sad that vacations are over
Time flew away so fast
Enjoyment is over
No more playing, sleeping, eating the whole day long
Back to school
Getting up early, going to school with heavy bags
Back to daily routine
Studying, doing class work and homework
Listening to mothers and teachers scolding.
Oh! When will the days comeback when I will sleep the whole day long
Watching cartoons, movies and playing games
I am desperately waiting for vacations back.
Anumesh Rao/ VIII/GH
Tuesday, 28th June: The School reopened on 28th June’16. Campus once again buzzed with activity. So, excited students were seen exchanging information about their visits and what they did during their vacations. All in all every student looked fresh and cheerful, ready for a new term. Teachers welcomed the students back to school, asked them to submit their Home Work.
Wednesday, 29th June: To enhance the reading abilities DEAR was carried out in all classes for twenty minutes. New students and new staff were introduced in the Assembly. They were welcomed to school by all. School has fallen back to their daily routine
We welcome Mr. Gajendra Mewara to the Editorial Board.
Staff was asked to read the novel ‘Wanted Back-Bencher & Last-Ranker Teacher by Kavita Bhupta Ghosh’ in summer vacation. The novel deals with difficult classroom situations and how the teacher appointed overcomes these situations by bringing solutions. This novel is a great teacher which will help to develop good teaching practices, cultivate better interpersonal relationships and deliver best learning outcomes.
The teachers have read the novel and have made book review of it and given their critical appreciation of the novel. 
Mrs. Sharmila Vijaywargi and Mrs. Bharti Rao had their birthday in the month of June. Staff wished them a belated happy birthday.

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