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Parsippany HSS Chapter Honors Teachers at Annual Guru Vandana

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany Chapter of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) celebrated its annual Guru Vandana on June 1, 2024, at the Montville Senior Center in Montville. Around 130 attendees gathered to express heartfelt gratitude to 17 Teachers and Board of Education members for their invaluable contributions to society.

Across the US, more than 2000 educators and administrators have been recognized for their priceless contributions to society.

Guru (‘Gu’ means darkness, and ‘Ru’ means divine light of knowledge) removes darkness by lighting the lamp of knowledge in society. As such, Guru Vandana (Reverence to the teacher) is performed as an expression of gratitude to the teachers. 

The event commenced with reciting the American pledge, followed by the lighting of diyas to seek blessings from Lord Ganesha and Goddess Saraswati. A cultural program unfolded, showcasing India’s rich heritage through captivating performances by children aged 4 to 12.

Students Honor Teachers with Reverence

A highlight was the touching demonstration of gratitude by students towards their teachers. With reverence and sincerity, they participated in traditional rituals, applying tilak, performing aarti, and offering respectful bows as symbols of their deep appreciation for their teachers’ guidance.

Celebrating Unity and Community

Beyond the cultural festivities, the Guru Vandana event was a powerful reminder of the importance of nurturing respect and gratitude towards educators. It highlighted teachers’ pivotal role in shaping the future generation and fostering a society grounded in empathy and understanding.

The evening we concluded with a photo booth and a sumptuous vegetarian feast, further strengthening the bonds of community and camaraderie.

The Parsippany HSS Chapter’s Guru Vandana celebration was a testament to the enduring values of respect, gratitude, and unity that bind the community together. As part of a nationwide initiative, over 2,000 educators were honored across 80 HSS chapters during Teachers’ Appreciation Week.

About HSS

Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, social, educational, and cultural organization of Hindus living outside India to promote, protect, and preserve Hindu culture. HSS has numerous local chapters across the USA. HSS performs various social activities across the USA. To learn more, click here.

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Frank L. Cahill
Frank L. Cahill
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since 2019, both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, President of Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town and Chairman of Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board.
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