25 January 2022
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Form One pupils visited the Hare Krishna Hindu Temple, Watford, as part of their RE learning during the week of 17th January.
Pulling up into the car park, the pupils immediately spotted the oxen in the paddock, which they later realised that these 'working animals' are Krishna's most beloved creatures, and that the Temple as a Cow Protection project based in its grounds.
As well as enjoying cart rides, pupils also had the opportunity to feed carrots to the oxen. Many learning activities were based in the garden of reflection, dedicated to Beatle George Harrison who gifted the land to the Hindu guru Srila Prabhupada, and as such pupils were challenged to find eight different inspirational quotes for living.
Before lunch, pupils were invited to observe the Hindu community take part in an act of worship. Pupils watched as the Hindu leaders gave offerings to the various murtis (statues of deities), and spoke their repeated mantras. Pupils jumped at the chance of dressing up in traditional Hindu costume, which was a highlight of the trip. Many pupils also asked for a mehndi; a temporary skin pattern that is often worn at Hindu celebrations such as marriage ceremonies.
After a very thought-provoking day, the pupils all agreed that it was a very worthwhile visit.