Classroom Lesson Plan on Hindu deity Ganesha by Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago (USA), one of the major art museums of the world, has developed a Classroom Lesson Plan for kindergarten to 12th grades about Hindu Lord Ganesha.

This Lesson Plan explains Ganesha's attributes, various mudras, Cosmic Dancing, Shiva and Parvati, elephants and Indian culture, names-functions-appearances-vehicles-etc. of popular Hindu deities, stories about Ganesha, classroom applications, glossary, etc.

Applauding Art Institute of Chicago for acquiring various Hindu artifacts and Ganesha Lesson Plan, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that art had a long and rich tradition in Hinduism and ancient Sanskrit literature talked about religious paintings of deities on wood or cloth.

Meanwhile, Rajan Zed urged other major art museums of the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d'Orsay of Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Los Angeles Getty Center, Uffizi Gallery of Florence (Italy), Tate Modern of London, Prado Museum of Madrid, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, etc., to frequently organize Hindu art focused exhibitions, thus sharing the rich Hindu art heritage with the rest of the world.

The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879 as both a museum and school, whose collection now encompasses more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world, and the school's graduate program is continually ranked as one of the best in the country. Thomas J. Pritzker is Board of Trustees Chairman while James Cuno is President. It has 10th century sandstone sculpture of “Dancing Ganesha” from Uttar Pradesh besides various other artifacts about Ganesha in its collection.

In Hinduism, Lord Ganesha is worshipped as god of wisdom and remover of obstacles and invoked before the beginning of any major undertaking. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.