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Thailand Teachers’ Day Wai Khru Shiva Vishnu Akshatha on Thursday Guru Vaara
That Sanatana Dharma was spread throughout the world in ancient times.
This can be known if one understands ancient geography,when the landmass was different from what we see today,the excavations of Hindi Deities, Symbols from around the world.
From the descriptions of different parts world,geographical in nature,by Valmiki in Ramayana in detail in the Sundarakanda, Description of lands during Rama’s Aswamedha Yaaga in Yuddha Kanda; similar descriptions in eighteen Puranas.
Evidence of Rama in the middle East,
Rama, Dasaratha and Bharatha’s name in the Kings’List of Sumria,
Shiva Lingam in Mecca,
Hanuman, Makaratdwaja in Central America,
Vatican design as Shiva lingam with Avudayaar.
Trinetra Dance of Shiva in Australia,
Pharoahs with Thiruman,Vishnu Marks,
Rama Sita Festival is conducted. In Mexico.
I have detailed articles on these and more.
The spread of Sanatana Dharma towards middle East was more ancient and widespread.
Korean queen was from Ayodhya,India
The four Vedas are called Chatur Vedas there.
The customs of Hinduism are present in the Far East even today.
Teachers’ Day is conducted every year in Thailand as Guru Vandana Day.
It is called ‘Wai Khru’ .
Despite Buddhism shadowing over Hinduism there,the Wai Khru Festival refers to Shiva, Narayana and uses Akshatha,puffed rice on the occasion.
And this festival is celebrated on Thursday, Guru Vaara, which is the day of Guru,Brihaspathi.
‘TThewai khruceremony(Thai:พิธีไหว้ครู, pronounced[wâːj kʰrūː]) is aThairitual in which students pay respects to their teachers in order to express their gratitude and formalize the student–teacher relationship. It is regularly held near the beginning of the school year in most schools inThailand.Wai khruhas long been an important rite in the traditionalmartialandperforming arts, as well as inastrology, Thai Massage and other traditional arts; students and performers ofMuay ThaiandKrabi Krabong, as well asThai danceandclassical music, will usually perform awai khruritual at their initiation as well as before performances to pay respect and homage to both their teachers and the deities who patronize their Arts.
The rituals ofwai khruare believed to have derived from ancient animistic beliefs, influenced by the spread ofBrahmanismfrom India. This is evident in thewai khruceremonies of traditional dance and music, where specific mention is made toIshvarain Thai Massage, where specific mention is made to Shivaga Komarpaj andNarayana, along with otherVedic deities.Wai khruhas for most of history existed as a folk tradition, passed on from generation to generation throughout the years.
Thewai khruceremony in its modern form, which is held in most schools today, originated atTriam Udom Suksa Schoolin 1941. Thesarabhaññachant was written by Thanpuying Dussadee Malakul Na Ayutthaya (the wife of MLPin Malakul, director of the school at the time)…
Thewai khruceremonies which take place in most educational institutions in Thailand today generally follow the same form. The ceremony usually begins with a Buddhist prayer ritual in institutions whereBuddhismis observed as the official religion, followed by the students’ recitation of thewai khruchant, which expresses respect for and gratitude to the teachers, and asks for the teachers’ blessing of their studies. Following this, a select number of students, usually the representatives of each class, will present the teachers with offerings of flowers, candles andjoss sticksarranged onphan(traditional Thai pedestalled trays). This is usually followed by a speech by the headteacher offering the students guidance in their academic career. Many institutions also present student awards and honours during the ceremony.
The traditional offerings forwai khrurepresent a symbolism of student qualities, namely:
Ixora(khem,เข็ม) flowers, which while closed form pointed buds, symbolizing sharp wit,
Cynodon dactylon(ya phraek,หญ้าแพรกor Bermuda grass), the rapid growth and resilience of which symbolize perseverance and the ability to learn,
Popped rice (khao tok,ข้าวตอก), which symbolizes discipline, and
Eggplantflowers, which bow low when nearing fruiting, symbolizing respect and humility.
The ceremony is usually held shortly after the beginning of the first term, on a Thursday, as Thursday is traditionally the day ofBrihaspati, Vedic god of wisdom and teachers.
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